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 Post subject: Mary Poppins - the musical
PostPosted: Thu Mar 13, 2003 7:55 am 
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Yes it is sset to take the UK by storm.

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It was, Schumacher insists, his choice to concentrate solely on theatre. It's where he began his career and remains his first love. What's more, he will be spending a good deal of his time in Britain, not least because he is co-producing the eagerly awaited stage version of Mary Poppins with our own Cameron Mackintosh.

Richard Eyre is slated to direct it, but suggestions that Kate Winslet will play the magical nanny are wide of the mark. Schumacher promises, however, that the show will involve predominantly British talent.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2003 5:29 pm 
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Mary Poppins will replace My Fair Lady at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. :eek:


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2003 8:57 pm 
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CAN'T WAIT!!!!

I've always wondered why Disney with all of their technology for the stage had not done this. Always thought it would be a good one for Sandy Duncan, don't know why.

I don't mind that is going back to the original story at all.


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PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2003 10:35 pm 
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Young performers to the Manor born
By MERERID WILLIAMS for The Scotsman

AS the curtains parted, mothers and fathers waved frantically as sons and daughters hopped, skipped and jumped from the wings of the Church Hill Theatre last night.

But the pupils of the Manor School of Ballet were too immersed in their production of the magical tale of Mary Poppins to notice their parents’ excitement.

The opening performance of this year’s show from the Edinburgh ballet school saw children from the Murrayfield and Corstorphine branches perform to a sold-out auditorium and confirmed the school’s professional attitude towards the teachings of ballet, jazz and tap, all of which featured during the course of the show. Energetic, confident and disciplined, the young dancers did well to remember their every step and looked graceful throughout - especially the older more experienced students who no doubt have high aspirations for the future.

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Article from The Times.

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theatrical giants is set to finally bring Mary Poppins to the stage. By Matt Wolf




It’s traditional, in the theatre, to think of the great partnerships being on stage rather than off: Gielgud and Richardson, Finney and Courtenay, Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn. But a recent Saturday found me down in Somerset, in what was once a 13th-century priory, to discuss the biggest behind-the-scenes theatrical pairing of our time: the first collaboration between Sir Cameron Mackintosh, the British musicals impresario, and Thomas Schumacher, the American head of Disney Theatrical Productions.

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Poppin’ round
By Howard Bird for The Stage

Mary Poppins arrived in Britain, complete with gamp, on September 15. How long will she stay?

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The men behind Mary

By MATT WOLF
The Independent
December 09, 2004

Walt Disney and Sir Cameron Mackintosh have united to bring Mary Poppins to the stage. Thomas Schumacher, Disney's musicals impresario, tells Matt Wolf they're a dream team
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As the long anticipated Mary Poppins The Musical prepares to open in the West End, the show’s co-director and co-choreographer, Matthew Bourne, talks to Alison Kirkman for the Dancing Times.


AK: Mary Poppins The Musical has been referred to as the largest production Britain has ever seen. (The Stage) Would you agree with that description?

Above, left to right, Matthew Bourne, Stephen Mear and Richard Eyre watching a rehearsal of Step in Time.
MB: They say that about every show, don’t they?! I mean they always say “the most expensive” and everyone always tries to up the figures so that it’s more millions than the last one! It is very big, it has to be said.

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Poppins musical gets flying start
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The stage adaptation of children's film Mary Poppins has had its opening night in London's West End.
Sir Cameron Mackintosh's lavish production, which has cost £9m to bring to the stage, was given a 10-minute standing ovation.

Lead actress Laura Michelle Kelly soared over the heads of the audience holding the nanny's trademark umbrella.

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Mary Poppins
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It is unlikely many people noticed Cameron Mackintosh sneaking into the dress circle to watch the final moments of this long-awaited stage adaptation of Mary Poppins. When a show is as captivating as this one, it is nice to put the world outside on hold for a while.

With the blessing of the author’s estate plus a close collaboration with Disney, Mackintosh’s 20 or so years of trying to bring everyone’s favourite fictional nanny to the stage has finally paid off.

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Fall in love with your favourite nanny again

by CHARLES SPENCER
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Let's not mince words - the stage version of Mary Poppins is heaps better than the movie - funnier, sharper, more inventive and with a far greater variety of mood. There are a host of terrific new songs to join the beloved originals by the Sherman Brothers, written with great melodic panache and lyrical invention by the long promising George Stiles and Anthony Drewe who, with this show, finally move into the major league.
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Scare warning fails to calm Poppins fever

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Carrying the hope of many that it will enliven the beleaguered West End, the world of Cherry Tree Lane and fantasy under the black umbrella was unveiled at the Prince Edward Theatre last night.

Mary Poppins has one of the biggest advance bookings in West End history.
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Mary Poppins

by MICHAEL BILLINGTON
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Does it fly? Like its heroine, eventually. But it is surprising how long it takes this musical, based on the PL Travers stories and the Disney film, to get airborne. For much of the evening it is characterised by a mechanical professional efficiency rather than the quality of ecstasy we all look for in musicals.
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Thoroughly modern Mary

by SUSANNAH CLAPP
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Magical weirdness is supplied by the crucial choreography of Matthew Bourne and Stephen Mear. From the beginning, there's a bounce in the action, from which thrilling setpieces swell up effortlessly. A cohort of sweeps tapdances its way over a landscape of rooftops while the children beat out the rhythm on chimneys;...
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There's more than a spoonful of sugar here (but it slips down OK)

by KATE BASSETT
the Independent

... this is essentially a slick spectacular and a warm, fun evening. It mixes magic trompe l'oeils with optimistically humane lessons about how we should value our family (and other deserving folk) above money-making, and about how people behave better if they're allowed to dream and play.
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Critics Rave as Mary Poppins Takes to the Stage

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LONDON (Reuters) - Critics heaped lavish praise on the world theater premiere of Mary Poppins on Thursday after it took nearly $20 million in advance sales. <a href=http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=801&e=6&u=/nm/20041216/stage_nm/arts_poppins_dc target=_blank>more</a>


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