Mary Poppins, Virginia Woolf, and The Other Place Close on Broadway

Mary Poppins Broadway MusicalThree shows are closing on Broadway today. One is Disney’s long-running production of the stage musical version of Mary Poppins. This has been a mainstay for Broadway theatergoers with kids looking for family-friendly entertainment since it opened in 2006. But the show has been on discounts for most of its run, and presumably finally ran out of steam. Mary Poppins‘ exit will make room for Disney’s latest musical adaptation, Aladdin, which will come to the New Amsterdam Theatre in 2014.

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, the Broadway revival of the Edward Albee classic, is closing after more than five months on Broadway. Starring August: Osage County playwright Tracy Letts and Amy Morton (who actually starred in August on Broadway), the Steppenwolf Theatre Company production enjoyed critical acclaim and a positive audience reception.

The third show to close today is The Other Place, an intimate drama about a brilliant woman and her mental health challenges. The play’s previous Off-Broadway run garnered many accolades for leading lady Laurie Metcalf’s performance, prompting this limited Broadway engagement produced by the Manhattan Theatre Club at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.

Bill Pullman To Join The Other Place on Broadway

Bill PullmanFilm, TV, and sometime Broadway actor Bill Pullman will be returning to the Broadway stage for a brief time when he takes over for Daniel Stern in the Manhattan Theatre Club production of The Other Place at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.  Stern, who is currently co-starring alongside Laurie Metcalf, will be leaving the production on February 3 due to a family situation, and Pullman will replace him starting February 5.  The Other Place is currently scheduled to conclude its extended Broadway engagement on March 3.

Bill Pullman is currently being seen regularly by television audiences in the new NBC sitcom 1600 Penn, in which he portrays the President of the United States (Josh Gad, formerly of Broadway’s The Book of Mormon, co-stars as his son).  Pullman has previously appeared on Broadway in productions of David Mamet’s Oleanna and Edward Albee’s The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?