Saturday, January 16, 2016

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Gavin Lee

Artist:Gavin Lee f/Laura Michelle Kelly
Song:Step In Time
Album:Mary Poppins: Original London Cast Recording

Gavin Lee is an actor and choreographer known mainly for playing Bert in the stage musical adaptation of the 1964 film Mary Poppins. He appeared in the London and Broadway productions and he was nominated for a Tony award. He was born Oct. 15, 1971 in Enfield, Middlesex, England. Early in his career, Lee was mainly a choreographer and he appeared in London shows as an offshoot of that. One of the shows he choreographed was Phantom of the Opera. In 1993, Phantom producer Cameron Mackintosh acquired the rights to adapt Mary Poppins to the stage. Mackintosh got together with Disney so the songs from the 1964 film could be used. The show premiered at the Prince Edward Theater in London on Dec. 15, 2004. Mary Poppins was played by Laura Michelle Kelly and Bert was played by Gavin Lee. When Mary Poppins premiered on Broadway in 2006, Lee was the only cast member brought over from the London production. The show was very successful and Lee was nominated for several awards including a Tony. Of course Step In Time is Lee's big number just as it was for Dick Van Dyke in the 1964 film. The London Cast recording is available on CD. It says on Wikipedia that there was a recording of the Broadway cast. But I couldn't find one for the 2006 production. It surprised me that a successful Broadway show didn't have a cast album. There is a cast album for the 2011 Broadway production but Lee isn't on it. He also appeared in the National Tour production of Mary Poppins and he returned to the Broadway show when that was finished. He has recently appeared in London productions of Top Hat and Les Miserables. Lee hasn't done much film or TV. But he did have a recurring role in the 2014 season of the USA Network series White Collar. Here's Gavin Lee featuring Laura Michelle Kelly performing Step In Time from Mary Poppins.

No comments:

Post a Comment