From Billy Masters gossip column:
>>Could it be that a certain star is set to revisit one of her greatest successes? That's the word from theater insiders in London who tell me that hush-hush negotiations are ongoing to bring Julie Andrews back to the musical theatre stage - in Mary Poppins! Of course, Julie won't be flying around with an umbrella. Instead, a clever plot has been hatched where Andrews would take on the role of Mrs. Banks (an idea was briefly entertained where Julie would play Poppins' predecessor, wryly called Miss Andrews in the play - but Julie nixed that idea as "undignified"). Should Julie join the show, it would be music to the ears of the producers who hint that without some star power to help the box-office, the musical could shut down in a matter of months. However, Julie's not so keen on a return to London, and, rumor has it, would be far more interested in joining the show when it opens on Broadway this fall.<<
Merlin notes: This is interesting in that, if true, it would seem the revisionist Poppins has not captured the public imagination at the London box-office in the longterm. I keep reading that they are very worried how it will play here in the States where the movie version is even more revered. Having Julie on board would give it a pedigree and tacit stamp of Walt's approval for the public... Seems to me they should just retool the show more like the film, but that'll never happen.