‘Mary Poppins’ Touring Company to Offer Free Performance in Los Angeles December 4

LOS ANGELES — Four actors that are currently appearing in the West Coast premiere of “Mary Poppins” (which is being presented at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre) will perform songs from Broadway’s perfectly magical musical in a special free performance at The Grove in Los Angeles on Friday, December 4, 2009, at 3 p.m. Gail Bennett, playing the role of Mary Poppins, and Dominic Roberts, playing the role of Bert, will be joined by Katie Balen and Carter Thomas who play Jane and Michael Banks (respectively).

In addition to the performance the actors will answer questions from Mark Wallengren of KOST (103.5 FM). The performance will take place at 189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles – in The Park.

“Mary Poppins,” a co-production of Disney and Cameron Mackintosh, opened on Broadway on November 16, 2006. Based on P.L. Travers’ cherished stories and the classic 1964 Walt Disney film, “Mary Poppins” the stage play features the Academy Award®-winning music and lyrics of Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman. The stage production has been created, in collaboration with Cameron Mackintosh, by Academy Award®-winning screenwriter Julian Fellowes, who has written the book, and the Olivier Award-winning team of George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, who have composed new songs and additional music and lyrics.

Olivier Award-winning director Richard Eyre leads the award-winning creative team, with co-direction and choreography by Tony® and Olivier Award winner Matthew Bourne. “Mary Poppins” features set and costume design by Tony® Award winner Bob Crowley, co-choreography by Olivier Award winner Stephen Mear, lighting design by Howard Harrison, orchestrations by William David Brohn, and music supervision by David Caddick. The tour’s creative team includes Tour Director Anthony Lyn, Associate Choreographer Geoffrey Garrett, and Music Director James Dodgson.

Consistently among the top-grossing shows on Broadway, “Mary Poppins” continues in its 3rd smash year at the New Amsterdam Theatre and recently celebrated its 1000th performance – a milestone reached by only a rare few number of shows in Broadway history. The Broadway production has grossed over $152 million to date and been seen by over 1.8 million theatregoers.

The Los Angeles engagement of “Mary Poppins” is by arrangement with Center Theatre Group and is part of CTG’s 2009-2010 season at the Ahmanson Theatre, located at the Los Angeles Music Center.

“Mary Poppins” continues through February 7, 2010, at the Ahmanson Theatre (135 N. Grand Ave in Downtown Los Angeles) Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Saturdays at 2 p.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. There are no performances on Mondays. There are exceptions to this schedule: No public performance on Wednesday, December 9 (student performance only). Holiday schedule – Additional 2 p.m. performances on Wednesdays, December 23 and December 30; one performance only on Thursday, December 24 at 2 p.m. and one performance only on Thursday, December 31 at 6:30 p.m.; No performances on December 25 and January 1. Final week schedule – Additional performance on February 3 at 2 p.m.; No 6:30 p.m. performance on February 7.

Great seats are available for “Mary Poppins” and can be purchased by calling Center Theatre Group Audience Services at (213) 972-4400, in person at the Center Theatre Group box office located at the Ahmanson Theatre or online at www.CenterTheatreGroup.org.

Ticket prices for “Mary Poppins” range from $20 to $102. VIP/Premium Ticket Packages are also available at select performances for $135 and $150, and include premium seating and a complimentary souvenir program. Hot-Tix, priced at $20, are available and can be purchased in advance, or subject to availability, on the day of performance at the CTG box office (no checks). For the deaf community, call TDD (213) 680-4017 for tickets and information. Orders for groups of 15 or more may be placed by calling (213) 972-7231. Tickets subject to applicable service charges. Performance prices, dates, times and cast are subject to change.

For more information, please visit www.CenterTheatreGroup.org or www.MaryPoppinsTour.com.

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