May 8, 2006 – The Leads for the Broadway Version of the Mary Poppins Musical Are Announced
“We are delighted that Ashley and Gavin will bring these two legendary characters to life at the New Amsterdam Theater.”
On May 8, 2006, the American production of Mary Poppins officially announced its leads: Ashley Brown as Mary, and Gavin Lee as Bert. Brown had previous experience with Disney Theatrical, starring in the touring show On the Record, and making her Broadway debut as Belle in Beauty and the Beast. Lee had originated the role of Bert in the West End Production, and was brought to Broadway thanks to his charming interpretation of the character. It was also announced that the official Broadway production would open November 16.