Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Tickets for MARY POPPINS Now on Sale, March 23 – April 17 at Academy of Music

DECEMBER 6, 2010

Producers Thomas Schumacher of Disney Theatrical Productions and Cameron Mackintosh have announced that tickets for the long-awaited production of MARY POPPINS are now on sale. One of Philadelphia’s most eagerly awaited stage productions, MARY POPPINS will begin its run at the Academy of Music beginning March 23 – April 17 as part of the Broadway Season. The Broadway Season is presented by the Kimmel Center and the Shubert Organization.  The official press opening is Friday, March 25 at 8pm.


Tickets for MARY POPPINS start at $20 and can be purchased by calling 215-731-3333, online at, at the Kimmel Center box office, Broad & Spruce streets (open daily 10 am to 6 pm) or at the Academy of Music box office (open during performances only). Groups of 15 or more will receive discounts for select performances by calling 215-790-5883 or 866-276-2947.  Performances include: Tuesday – Thursday evenings at 7:30pm; Friday & Saturday evenings at 8pm; Sunday evenings at 6:30pm (no performance on Sunday evening, April 17); matinees Saturdays at 2pm; Sundays at 1pm; and weekday matinees on Thursday, March 24 and Thursday, April 14, both at 1pm. 


The entire original creative team has reunited to bring this magical story of the world’s most famous nanny to audiences around North America. The MARY POPPINS North American Tour began performances on March 25, 2009 and achieved the milestone of being the most successful touring theatrical event of the year.


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 TonyÒ 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. 



With four productions currently running on three continents, MARY POPPINS is one of the biggest stage musical successes to emerge from London or New York in recent years.  Worldwide to date, the show has grossed over $457 million and welcomed 6.4 million guests. 


The Broadway production of MARY POPPINS officially opened at the New Amsterdam Theatre on November 16, 2006 and has been seen by over 2.5 million theatergoers and grossed $202 million to date.  According to figures released by The Broadway League, MARY POPPINS placed on the Top Ten lists for both highest-grossing and best-attended shows of the 2009-10 Broadway season, an indicator of its remarkable success.


MARY POPPINS received its worldwide premiere at the Prince Edward Theatre in the West End in December 2004.  Following its successful three-year London run, the production launched an acclaimed U.K. tour.  The MARY POPPINS North American tour has also garnered continuous critical praise and achieved box office success since its launch in Chicago in March 2009.  In addition to Broadway and North America, MARY POPPINS can also be seen at the Circus Theatre in Scheveningen, Holland, outside of Amsterdam, and in Melbourne, Australia at Her Majesty’s Theatre.  Later this year, MARY POPPINS opens in Sweden, Denmark, the Czech Republic and Hungary, with plans underway for future productions in Israel, Spain, Italy, Mexico, Korea, Canada and Japan. 


The Broadway Season is presented by the Kimmel Center and the Shubert Organization. In addition to Mary Poppins, the 2010 - 2011 Broadway Season productions at the Academy of Music, Forrest Theatre and Merriam Theater includes: Jersey Boys (now  – Dec. 12) at the Forrest Theatre; Les Miserables (Jan. 4 – 15); In The Heights ( Jan. 18 – 23); Next To Normal (June 21 – 26) all at the Academy of Music.  Additional shows will include: Blue Man Group (Dec. 22 – Jan. 2) and Stomp (Feb. 15 – 20), both at the Merriam Theater.    


KIMMEL CENTER, INC., a charitable, not-for-profit organization, owns, manages, supports and maintains The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, which includes Verizon Hall, Perelman Theater, Innovation Studio and the Merck Arts Education Center.  Kimmel Center, Inc. also manages the Academy of Music, owned by the Philadelphia Orchestra Association, and the University of the Arts Merriam Theater. Our mission is to operate a world class performing arts center that engages and serves a broad audience which includes providing arts in education, community outreach and a rich diversity of programming.  The 2010/2011 season is sponsored by Citi, and the Broadway 2010/2011 season is sponsored by Verizon, and American Airlines.  For additional information, visit


THE SHUBERT ORGANIZATION is responsible for the ownership and/or operation of 21 theatres in New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Washington, DC and continues its involvement in the presentation of distinguished theatrical productions. They include Cats, Sunday in the Park with George, Dreamgirls, Little Shop of Horrors, The Heidi Chronicles, Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, Lettice & Lovage, Dancin’, Amadeus, The Gin Game, Passion and Indiscretions.  The Shubert Organization’s activities include the revitalization of the American theatre, participation in civic and community affairs, the introduction of phone and charge ticket sales and a computerized ticketing system.  This wide range of operation has proven highly effective in New York and throughout the country. 


Broadway Season Press Contact: 

Carole Morganti/CJM Public Relations    609-953-0570


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