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 Post subject: Re: Mary Poppins - the musical
PostPosted: Tue Dec 28, 2004 9:01 am 
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Almost a clean sweep
Disney's Mary Poppins is a triumph of technical wizardry and magic, says Victoria Segal for The Sunday Times.


Hailed by rave reviews and clamorous box-office demand, the future of Cameron Mackintosh and Disney's turbo-charged Mary Poppins is already assured. Perfectly positioned to become the Starbucks of family shows, creating an instantly recognisable brand out of a figure floating under an umbrella, this reimagining of the supernatural nanny and her antics is undoubtedly impressive.

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Mary Poppins
By Patricia Daly for Dance Today

This is not a straight film to stage transfer and the musical has a much sharper book by Julian Fellowes, based on both the original Travers books and the film, which shows a dysfunctional family, in need of Mary Poppins magic, headed by an emotionally repressed Mr Banks, splendidly played by David Haig, who, traumatised by an evil nanny who dosed him with Brimstone and Treacle as a child and who has remained a frightened little boy behind a stern exterior, but who happily learns to get in touch with his emotions and show his family affection by the end of the show.

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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.

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Poppins stage show heads for US
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Laura Michelle Kelly took on the title role on the London stage
The lavish stage production of Mary Poppins is to get a Broadway run.
The musical based on the PL Travers novel and the Walt Disney film opened in London's West End last December.

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