'Mary Poppins' has Positive Economic Impact on Region

October 28, 2010 Updated Oct 28, 2010 at 8:21 AM EDT

By WKBW Programming

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October 28, 2010 Updated Oct 28, 2010 at 8:21 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Disney's production of Mary Poppins along with other shows that come to Shea's, bring music and a little magic.

The shows also bring big bucks to the City and the surrounding areas.

Actor Nicolas Dromard plays "Bert" in the hit show said it's the set that bring the show to life.

"A whole new world that opens up and it really talks to the audience," Dromard said.

Actress Caroline Sheen who plays "Mary Poppins" says it's the characters that make the show.

"She just has so many facets. She's naught, she's funny, she's haughty," Sheen said.

Others said it's the costumes. But beyond the glitz and glam that the shows bring to Buffalo, Shea's President Tony Conte said these performances are also good for the city's economy.

"The Tour of Broadway we present annual brings in about $54 million," Conte said.

That is the revenue for the entire Buffalo-Niagara region for all six shows presented by Shea's each year. This includes people who go to theatre and make other purchases around town.

Conte said those involved with the show also bring a lot of added revenue to the area.

"What people tend to forget is that the cast and crew are here, in this case for three weeks, staying at hotels, eating in the restaurants, going to the mall to shop," Conte said.

Mary Poppins alone brought a cast and crew of about 100 people. In nearly three weeks, more than 50,000 people have seen the show.

"Buffalo is just a really theatrical city. It really supports theatre," Dromard said.

But the show must come to an end. They will have their last performance on Sunday, which is also Halloween. Shea's will host a Kids' Night on Broadway where children can where their Halloween costumes to the show. Beginning at 5 p.m. there will be treats given out and performers will be signing autographs. Then, the final show will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Parents will also get a treat. If they buy their ticket at the box office that night, they will get their child's ticket for free.

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