She's practically perfect in every way -- Mary Poppins, that is, and she's settled in for a spell at the Ogunquit Playhouse, where she's starring in Mary Poppins, the musical that carries her name, through Aug. 30.
The popular family musical stars Gail Bennett, returning to the Playhouse to reprise her role from the National Tour as Mary Poppins. Broadway actor Tony Mansker returns to the role of Bert after a four year run in the original Broadway production.
Bennett was last seen at the Playhouse in 2010 as Maria in the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic The Sound of Music. She has also played Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady.
"Playing Mary Poppins for the Ogunquit Playhouse is like coming home in more ways than one," said Bennett. "Having performed the role over 100 times, I am truly at home in Ms. Poppins' shoes. So, I'm thrilled to be bringing her to Ogunquit, my favorite place to perform
Mansker makes his Ogunquit Playhouse debut at Bert. He has performed in regional theaters across the country, performing as the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz, Motel in Fiddler on the Roof, Andy Lee in 42nd Street and in The Radio City Christmas Spectacular.
The show features an array of favorite tunes from the cherished Disney film, including "A Spoonful of Sugar," "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" and "Step in Time."
Flying by Foy, theatrical flying experts, is helping the Playhouse create much of the magic and special effects for the production.
Performances Tuesday-Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday, 8:30 p.m., and Sunday at 7 p.m.; matinees, Wednesday-Thursday, 2:30 p.m., Saturday, 3 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m.
Tickets $39-$79 at ogunquitplayhouse.org.
On the marquee
- SUMMER SCENE: Only a few more days left to take advantage of one of Boston's most popular summer traditions -- free Shakespeare on the Common from Commonwealth Shakespeare Company. Performances of Twelfth Night continue through Aug. 10 and are free and open to the public on the Boston Common. Tuesdays-Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 7 p.m. Visit commshakes.org or call 617-426-0863 for info.
- DISCO FEVER: Just named "Boston's Best Dance Party" by Boston Magazine, The Donkey Show at Oberon, American Repertory Theatre's alternative space in Harvard Square, Cambridge, celebrates its 5th anniversary in August with $25 tickets on the dance floor. The disco experience show, inspired by Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, features the show and post-show dancing under a mirrored disco ball. Call 617-547-8300 or visit americanrepertorytheater.org for info.
- JINGLE BELLS: Christmas will be here before you know it. And with it comes dreams of a white one. The Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre brings Irving Berlin's White Christmas to audiences over the holiday season, Dec. 16-28. Based on the popular movie musical that starred Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Danny Kaye and Vera Lynn, the show features such Berlin classics as "White Christmas" and "Blue Skies." Tickets, on sale now, are $35-$125 at citicenter.org, call 800-982-ARTS (2787) or through Ticketmaster.
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