Awful show, is just the film on stage. CAN WE PLEASE HAVE ‘WICKED’ HERE?
Disney’s Broadway division has had hits like “The Lion King” and “Beauty and the Beast” crisscrossing the globe for nearly two decades now, but New Zealand has never made the cut — too expensive a trip for too limited an audience. Until now: “Mary Poppins” will open at Auckland’s Civic Theater on Oct. 18, Disney said on Sunday (local time), and run for a hoped-for 10 weeks.
Several factors coaxed Thomas Schumacher, president of the Disney Theatrical Group, to take a flier on New Zealand. Ticket sales for “Mary Poppins” in nearby Australia greatly exceeded expectations. An Auckland production of “Jersey Boys” recently delivered solid results. Apparently, the Kiwi government even played a role. In a statement, the mayor of Auckland, Len Brown, praised local economic development groups for the work they did to “secure” the musical.
“We know that Aucklanders will love the chance to see this spectacular, and the show will attract many visitors to the region,” Mr. Brown said.