Benedict Nightingale rarely gives a production 5*, but "Mary Poppins" is one of them: Mary Poppins
By Benedict Nightingale for The Times
HAS Mary Poppins the shamanic nanny dealt with the high wires or faulty umbrella propulsion that spoilt her flight plans in some previews? More importantly, does Mary Poppins the musical fly? Yes, and again, yes.
Long before Laura Michelle Kelly’s demure Mary has zoomed over the stalls into the theatre’s star-splattered eaves, this marvellously fresh adaptation of P. L. Travers’s stories had clearly won the hearts, minds, eyes and ears of last night’s audience. I don’t think it was just theatre chauvinism that left me thinking the show better in every way than the Disney film, delightful though that seemed 40 years ago. click for more
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