Atlantis to stage 'Mary Poppins' in 2014

Posted at 01/10/13 6:53 PM

An image from the poster of "Mary Poppins" on Broadway

MANILA, Philippines – It’s still more than a year away but Atlantis Productions has already announced that it will be staging the international hit musical “Mary Poppins” in 2014.

“The cat has been let out of the bag. We are doing MARY POPPINS in 2014,” the theater company behind such productions as “God of Carnage” and “Rock of Ages” said on its Facebook page.

The announcement was prompted by an article on the website Broadway World announcing the Broadway closing of the show in March after more than six years.

When it completes its New York run, the stage adaptation of the well-loved movie starring Julie Andrews will rank as the 22nd longest-running show in Broadway history.

According to the Broadway World article, licensed productions of the show have already been scheduled in China, France, Japan, Iceland, Spain and the Philippines.

“Bringing Mary Poppins to the Broadway stage with Tom & Disney has been a complete joy and I am thrilled that Mary has been able to inhabit the glorious New Amsterdam for over six years and is now playing overseas to ensure the medicine goes down in the most delightful way. 'Til we meet again,” producer Cameron Mackintosh was quoted as saying.

The announcement by Atlantis that it will be staging “Mary Poppins” has sent netizens into a casting frenzy. Among the actresses they want to see in the role are Pinky Marquez, Joanna Ampil and Lea Salonga.

There is even a Facebook group campaigning for Salonga to play the role of the flying British nanny.

Salonga herself has expressed interest in the role in a June 2011 interview on the show “Show People with Paul Wontorek.”

“I’d love to do Poppins actually, that would be fun. I don’t tap dance but I’d love to learn how just to do that part. And I think the thrill of flying above an audience every day, that must be wild. That must be crazy wild,” she said in the interview.

Salonga has done several productions with Atlantis Productions, including “God of Carnage,” “Proof” and “Baby.” Moreover, it was Mackintosh who took on Salonga for the original production of “Miss Saigon” in London that launched her international career.

Meanwhile, Atlantis is focusing on its upcoming production of “Piaf” by Pam Gems, which opens in March. “Miss Saigon” alumnus Pinky Amador stars as the French singer behind the famous songs “La Vie en Rose” and “Autumn Leaves.”

The show also features film and TV actress G Tongi and comebacking theater actor Joshua Spafford.