As the Broadway production of Mary Poppins comes to a close, we asked current and original principle cast members, as well as current cast members who have been with the show since day one, to share with us some memories and tell us what being a part of the magic has meant to them. Megan Osterhaus, who is the current 'Winifred Banks', shared:
It's difficult to pinpoint a particular favorite memory after being a part of a six and half year run. Most of the cast members have gone through so many chapters of their lives in the entire run. There were engagements, marriages, deaths, births and so much love and support through each event. We've laughed and cried many times over. I'm beyond thankful to be part of such a successful run and as I leave this show expecting my first child, I feel proud to one day share with my child all the wonderful Mary Poppins memories.
Mary Poppins will conclude Broadway run at The New Amsterdam Theatre Sunday, March 3, 2013 after 2619 performances and more than six years. With attendance totaling nearly four million guests, the show has been seen by more people in the last six years than any Broadway show except Wicked and The Lion King. Mary Poppins opened on Broadway in 2006, just two years after debuting in London's West End, where it had received nine Olivier Award nominations and won Olivier, Evening Standard and WhatsOnStage Awards. The Broadway production received 25 major theatrical award nominations, winning Tony and Drama Desk Awards.
Mary Poppins will rank as the 22nd longest-running show in Broadway history by the time its run is complete, ranking between Best Musical winners Hairspray and Avenue Q on the list of long runs. For tickets, visit: http://www.marypoppins.com/tickets