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Broadway actor sweeps into town for Mary Poppins

Sweeping into Cambridge - Broadway actor Mark Ledbetter takes on the iconic role of Bert, the chimney sweep companion of the magical nanny in Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s production of Mary Poppins at Dunfield Theatre in Cambridge, part of the Drayton Entertainment productions, opening March 6.  submitted photo

Broadway actor sweeps into town for Mary Poppins

CAMBRIDGE

With internationally renowned director Nigel West and Canadian leading lady Jayme Armstrong already attached to the inaugural production at the new Dunfield Theatre Cambridge, Drayton Entertainment is thrilled to make another casting announcement.

Broadway actor Mark Ledbetter will bring the iconic role of Bert, the lovable chimney sweep, to the Drayton Entertainment production of Disney’s and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins.

Audiences may remember the affable character as made famous by movie star Dick Van Dyke in the original 1964 film starring Julie Andrews.

Ledbetter is a well-established actor, having been on Broadway in the recent productions of A Christmas Story and Anything Goes.

He also understudied and frequently performed the role of Bert in Mary Poppins on Broadway for almost two years.

Ledbetter’s distinguished career also includes roles Off-Broadway including The Tin Pan Alley Rag with the Roundabout Theatre Company, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and Of Thee I Sing with City Center Encores.

His first national touring credits include Robert Martin in The Drowsy Chaperone and Jimmy in Thoroughly Modern Millie.

The performer also originated the roles of Jimmy and Scooter in the world premiere cast of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas and in subsequent years was seen in the Danny Kaye role, Phil Davis, in the San Francisco, Detroit and St. Paul companies.

He can also be heard on the show’s cast album.

In addition to his stage work, Ledbetter’s also appeared in the movie version of The Producers with Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick among other film and television credits.

In making the announcement, Alex Mustakas, artistic director of Drayton Entertainment noted, “Mark is a true triple threat – he’s an incredible dancer, terrific comedic actor and a fantastic singer. I know audiences will marvel at his charismatic portrayal of this beloved character.”

Mustakas also noted that he is continually amazed by the top-notch talent that is attracted to the various productions produced by Drayton Entertainment.

“We are so fortunate that many of North America’s best theatrical artists want to work with us,” he said.

The production runs at the Dunfield Theatre in Cambridge from March 6 through April 28.

Tickets for the inaugural 2013 season have been on sale to the public since Jan. 2.

Tickets are available for purchase online at www.dunfieldtheatrecambridge.com, in person at the box office, located at 46 Grand Ave. S in Cambridge or by calling 519-621-8000 or toll free 1-855-DRAYTON (372-9866).

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February 1, 2013

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