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TodayTix Is Bringing Its 'Mary Poppins' Lottery to Melbourne So You Can See the Hit Musical for $40

See the most supercalifragilisticexpialidocious show in town for a discounted price that'll really get you floating.
By Sarah Ward
January 19, 2023
By Sarah Ward
January 19, 2023

The curtains are raising in Melbourne this summer on one of the most magical musicals there is, with Mary Poppins flying into Her Majesty's Theatre from the end of January. And if you'd like a date with pop culture's favourite supercalifragilisticexpialidocious nanny without breaking the bank — for just $40 for a pop, in fact — digital ticketing service TodayTix is also sweeping in, complete with another of its famed (and cheap) lotteries.

If you've tried to score super-affordable tickets to Hamilton ($10!), Moulin Rouge! ($30!) or Harry Potter and the Cursed Child before, then you'll know how it works. Otherwise, it's incredibly straightforward. To take part, you'll need to download the TodayTix app — which is available for iOS and Android — and submit your entry each week. Well, that and cross your fingers that you're selected.

Melbourne's first Mary Poppins lottery opens at 12.01am on Friday, January 20, offering up those $40-per-person tickets, and closes at 1pm on Thursday, January 26. Winners will then be drawn from 1pm that same day — and if your name is picked, you'll have an hour to claim your tickets from when you receive the good news. You'll want to be glued to your phone that afternoon; if you don't get in within that 60-minute window, your tickets will be given to someone else.

The debut lottery covers shows in the first week of performances. From then onwards, you'll be entering on each Friday, then hearing if you're successful on the following Thursday, all for performances that start the next week.

And, if you need a reminder, you'll also be able to sign up for lottery alerts via Today Tix, too.

"With Melbourne being the launch city for TodayTix in Australia, we are excited to bring the digital lottery technology that local theatregoers know and love to this production of Mary Poppins. The $40 digital lottery will expand access and enable more audiences to enjoy this truly magical production." said TodayTix Group CEO and co-founder Brian Fenty.

"As Melbourne prepares to welcome the world's favourite nanny, we are thrilled to be partnering with TodayTix to give even more people a chance to experience the wonder," added Mary Poppins' Australian producer Michael Cassel.

"Audiences around the country have fallen in love with Mary Poppins all over again, and I know Melbourne is going to be exactly the same."

As for the production of Mary Poppins itself, it hails from Disney and theatre producer Cameron Mackintosh, and tells the same enchanting tale that everyone knows from the hugely popular, five-time Oscar-winning 1964 film — which, as well as inspiring this stage adaptation, also gave rise to big-screen sequel Mary Poppins Returns in 2018. Everything to do with the English governess harks back to PL Travers' books about the character, of course, and pop culture has been thankful for and downright delighted with her stories for almost six decades now.

When it soars through its Melbourne season between Sunday, January 29–Sunday, April 30, local theatre fans can look forward to a new version of the show that last graced Australia's stages — and won eight Helpmann Awards — back in 2011. Since Mackintosh first teamed up with writer Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey) to bring Mary Poppins to the theatre in 2004, the production has won four Olivier Awards and a Tony as well.

Mary Poppins' Melbourne season kicks off on Sunday, January 29 at Her Majesty's Theatre. Visit the musical's website for further details. To enter the Today Tix $40 lottery, download the company's iOS or Android app, and head to the company's website for more information — and to set up an alert.

Images: Daniel Boud.

Published on January 19, 2023 by Sarah Ward
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