Angela Lansbury, Rosie O’Donnell, Harvey Fierstein and Audra McDonald were among stars who turned out for the Broadway opening of “Mary Poppins” on Thursday.
Instead of an opening-night bash after the show, producers Disney Theatrical and Cameron Mackintosh hosted a private dinner for cast and crew, donating the coin they would have spent on a soiree to three charities.
That left creatives and journalists to cram into a little room behind the New Amsterdam Theater’s orchestra to chat.
Co-director and co-choreographer Matthew Bourne had nothing but raves for his mostly American cast, including the six young thesps who rotate in the roles of Jane and Michael Banks.
“Do you know how they got the English accents down?” he asked. “Harry Potter.”