October 29, 2005 – Laura Michelle Kelly Plays Final Performance as Mary Poppins
“After [performing in Mary Poppins] for two years in London, I just needed a break.”
On October 29, 2005, after 400 performances, actress Laura Michelle Kelly played her final performance as the titular character in the West End musical Mary Poppins. It was announced that the role would then be portrayed by Scarlet Strallen; Kelly traveled to Singapore to star in a production of A Twist of Fate. Kelly would return to the role of Mary Poppins in October, 2009, this time at the New Amsterdam Theater on Broadway.