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Mary Poppins flies into Nashville Repertory Theatre

by PRIDE Newsdesk

See Ray Gleaves as Neleus in Nashville Rep’s Mary Poppins.

Nashville Rep closes its 2021/22 Season with the magic, music, and flying from the world’s favorite nanny, Mary Poppins. The production will be held at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s James K. Polk Theater, 505 Deaderick Street, from Thursday, April 28th through Sunday, May 8th, 2022. For ticket and showtime information, visit www.nashvillerep.org.

“After a two-year pause in production, everyone at Nashville Rep is tremendously proud to be producing Mary Poppins, our largest production in over a decade,” said Drew Ogle, Executive Director of Nashville Rep. “If there ever was a time we need a joyous night out at the theatre, enjoying the virtuoso performances of some of Nashville’s most talented performers, it is now.”

Mary Poppins follows young Jane and Michael Banks who have sent many a nanny packing before until Mary Poppins flies into their home to bring them the adventure, discipline, and affection they crave. With the help of Bert and a colorful cast of London characters, Mary Poppins uses magic, adventure, and a spoonful of sugar to teach the entire Banks family to love each other and their supercalifragilisticexpialidocious lives. Nashville Rep’s production of Walt Disney’s masterpiece is practically perfect in every way!

The musical adaptation of Mary Poppins is based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney Film, includes original music and lyrics by Richard and Robert Sherman, a book by Julian Fellowes, and brand-new songs added for the stage by Anthony Drewe and George Stiles.

“It’s exciting to get back into the rehearsal room and work with this talented group of actors. This production invites us to discover the extraordinary and impossible in the world around us,” says director Micah-Shane Brewer. “Hope and optimism can be very powerful in troubling times, and that’s what we need now more than anything!”

Mary Poppins will star Middle Tennessee native Jeremy Benton as Bert and Christine McNeal as the title character of Mary Poppins both making their Nashville rep debut. The Banks family will feature Geoffrey Davin as George Banks, Natalie Rankin as Winifred Banks, Mia Blaise Campbell, and Sarah Hedrick will share the role of Jane Banks, and Michael Banks will be played by Jackson Benfield and Danny Davis.

The colorful cast of London characters includes Jennifer Whitcomb-Oliva as Mrs. Corry and Miss Andrew, Denice Hicks as The Bird Woman and Miss Lark, Katie Bruno as Mrs. Brill, Jonah Jackson as Robertson Ay, Dennis Elkins as Admiral Boom, Deonté L. Warren as Von Hussler, and Ray Gleaves as Neleus. Featuring an ensemble of Kelsey Brodeur, Ian Frazier, Nate Gilanyi, Allison Little, Maria Logan, Mike Sallee Jr., Allie Spengler, and Meggan Utech.

Micah-Shane Brewer returns as director after the success of the season opener, Ragtime. Joining him includes Musical Director, Randy Craft and Christie Zimmerman making her Rep debut as choreographer. The creative team for Mary Poppins includes costumes by Lori-Gann Smith, lighting by Mike Wood, sound by Tanner Roman, scenery by J Branson provided by Music Theatre Wichita, stage management by Teresa Driver, props by Abigail Nichol, and flying effects proved by ZFX.

For Nashville Repertory 2021- 22 season tickets and showtime information, visit www.nashvillerep.org or www.tpac.org.

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