Jeanna de Waal, recently seen as the late Princess Diana in Diana, The Musical on Broadway and Netflix, will star in the title role of the St. Louis Muny's summer production of the Disney and Cameron Mackintosh musical Mary Poppins.
Directed by John Tartaglia with choreography by Patrick O’Neill and music direction by Brad Haak, performances are scheduled at the outdoor venue for July 5-13.
The principal cast will also include Corbin Bleu (Kiss Me, Kate; Holiday Inn) as Bert, Andréa Burns (In the Heights, On Your Feet!) as Winifred Banks, Nehal Joshi (Flying Over Sunset, All My Sons) as George Banks, and Darlesia Cearcy (Once On This Island, Shuffle Along) as Bird Woman/Miss Andrew. Additional casting will be announced.
"This is a cast that will certainly soar, even without the wires," said Artistic Director and Executive Producer Mike Isaacson. "How wonderful to have Jeanna in her Muny debut, and to joyously welcome home Corbin, Andréa, Darlesia, and Nehal. Enchantment awaits with this extraordinary group of artists."
Mary Poppins is based on the Mary Poppins series of children’s books by P.L. Travers and the 1965 Disney film of the same name. The musical features a book by Julian Fellowes, music and lyrics by the Academy Award-winning Sherman Brothers, and additional music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe.
Casting is by The Telsey Office.
The Muny’s 2022 season also includes Chicago (June 13-19), Lerner and Loewe’s Camelot (June 22-28), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (July 16-22), Legally Blonde, The Musical (July 25-31), The Color Purple (August 3-9), and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (August 12-18).