Ashley Brown and Gavin Lee  in Mary Poppins
(© George Holz)
Ashley Brown and Gavin Lee
in Mary Poppins
(© George Holz)
Full casting has been announced for national tour of the hit musical Mary Poppins, which will launch at Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theatre on March 11.

The show, based on stories by P.L. Travers and the Oscar-winning 1964 Walt Disney film of the same title, is directed by Richard Eyre, with co-direction and choreography by Matthew Bourne and additional choreography by Stephen Mear. It has a book by Julian Fellows, and uses the original film score by Robert and Richard Sherman, augmented by new songs written by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe.

In addition to previously announced stars Ashley Brown as Mary and Gavin Lee as Bert, the cast will include Karl Kenzler (Mr. Banks), Megan Osterhaus (Mrs. Banks), Valerie Boyle (Mrs. Brill), Mary Vanarsdel (Bird Woman), Andrew Keenan-Bolger (Robertson Ay), Ellen Harvey (Miss Andrew), and Mike O'Carroll (Admiral Boom). Christopher Flaim and Justin Hall will alternate in the role of Michael Banks. Kirrilee Berger and Abigail Droeger will alternate in the role of Jane Banks.

Rounding out the cast are Tia Altinay, Carol Angeli, Gail Bennett, Kiara Bennett, Brandon Bieber, Troy Edward Bowles, Elizabeth Broadhurst, Michael Gerhart, Geoffery Goldberg, Emily Harvey, Tiffany Howard, Kelly Jacobs, Wendy James, Clark Johnsen, Justin Keyes, Brian Letendre, Laird Mackintosh, Vanessa McMahan, Koh Mochizuki, Shua Potter, Dominic Roberts, Nick Sanchez, Q. Smith, Jesse Swimm, and Tom Souhrada.

The production features set and costume design by Tony Award winner Bob Crowley, lighting design by Howard Harrison, sound design by Steve Canyon Kennedy, orchestrations by William David Brohn, music supervision by David Caddick, and music direction by Annbritt Duchateau.

After Chicago, the tour is scheduled to play The State Theatre in Cleveland, The Fox Theatre in St. Louis, The Music Hall at Fair Park in Dallas and The Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, with additional cities, venues, and dates to be announced.