Ashley Brown, Gavin Lee, and Dick Van Dyke
during the curtain call for Mary Poppins
(© Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging)
Ashley Brown, Gavin Lee, and Dick Van Dyke
during the curtain call for Mary Poppins
(© Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging)
Dick Van Dyke joined the national touring cast of Mary Poppins for the curtain call on November 15 at Los Angeles' Ahmanson Theatre, where the production plays through February 7.

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.

The production features original Broadway stars, Ashley Brown as Mary Poppins and Gavin Lee as Bert, with the touring cast also including 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). Katie Balen and Bailey Grey alternate as Jane Banks while Bryce Baldwin and Carter Thomas play Michael Banks.

Van Dyke played Bert in the film version of Mary Poppins opposite Julie Andrews. He starred in the Broadway musical Bye Bye Birdie as well as the film version and is best known for his TV work, including The Dick Van Dyke Show and Diagnosis: Murder.