Mary Poppins Review – The Background
The Broadway musical Mary Poppins has been written by Julian Fellowes, an Academy Award winning screenwriter. Richard Eyre is the director of this musical and Matthew Bourne is the co-director.
November 16, 2006 is regarded as the opening night of Mary Poppins, although its previews were started from October 14, 2006. Apart from New York, the musical has been played in Stockholm, Copenhagen, Budapest, Shanghai, Australia, South Africa, Scheveningen and Helsinki.
Mary Poppins has got nominations for several awards, and has also won in many categories. Bob Crowley has won Tony Award in the “Best Scenic Design” category, Drama Desk received the award in the “Outstanding Set Design” category, and Gavin Lee has won the Drama Desk Award in the “Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical” category.
Mary Poppins Plot and Story
A family living at 17 Cherry Tree Lane is featured in Mary Poppins. The family seems to be a perfect and happy one – having a gorgeous mother, nice looking father and their two children.
But this does not tell the inside story of this family. Jane and Michael, two children of this family, are very much chaotic in nature and no nannies are able to set themselves firmly in the family. Jane and Michael’s father decides to hire a new nanny.
This is the time when Mary Poppins gets engaged as the nanny. Mary Poppins is neither a typical nanny, nor a typical human being. The children become amazed as Mary Poppins provides them with the chance to see and enjoy a world outside their residence that is full of fascination and amusement.
It is Mary Poppins who helps Jane and Michael’s parents dismantle the wall between them which was created because of their children. The whole family understands the value of the relationship among each other.
The family is changed totally, and Mary Poppins, the generator of all these sweet happenings, leaves the family in the end.
Mary Poppins Running Time
The duration of Mary Poppins is two hours and forty five minutes (2:45 hours). Viewers get an intermission of 15 minutes.
Songs in Mary Poppins Broadway Musical
Sherman siblings (Richard and Robert) and Anthony Drewe have written all the songs in the Broadway musical Mary Poppins.
The following songs are used in Mary Poppins, and these are some of the most enjoyable parts of the show!
Chim Chim Cher-ee – This song is played at the beginning part of the show. Bert sings this song.
- Cherry Tree Lane Part 1 - George and Winifred Banks, Jane and Michael, Mrs. Brill, and Robertson Ay sing this song
- The Perfect Nanny – Jane and Michael sing the song
- Cherry Tree Lane Part 2 – George and Winifred Banks, Jane and Michael, Mrs. Brill, and Robertson Ay sing this song
- Practically Perfect – Mary Poppins, Jane and Michael is used to sing the song
- Chim Chim Cher-ee (Park Reprise) – It is the park reprise version and like the previous one Bert sings this song also
- Jolly Holiday – Bert, Mary Poppins, Jane, Michael, Neleus, and the Statues sing the song
- Cherry Tree Lane – It is the reprise version and is sung by George, Winifred, Jane, and Michael
- Being Mrs Banks – George, Winifred, Jane, and Michael sing the song
- Jolly Holiday (Reprise) – It is the reprise version and sung by George, Winifred, Jane, and Michael
- A Spoonful of Sugar – Mary Poppins, Jane, Michael, Robertson Ay, and Winifred sing the song
- Precision and Order – Bank Chairman and the Bank Clerks sing the song
- A Man Has Dreams – George Bank is sole artist of the song
- Feed the Birds – Bird Woman and Mary Poppins sing the song
- Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious - Mary Poppins, Mrs. Corry, Bert, Jane, Michael, Fannie, Annie, and Customers are seen to sing the song
- Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (Encore) – Bert and Customers is used to repeat the song again.
- Chim Chim Cher-ee (Ups and downs Reprise) - Ups and downs reprise version is also played by Bert
Temper, Temper – Valentine, William, Mr. Punch, the Glamorous Doll, and other Toys sing the song. Since 2009 it is replaced by ‘Playing the Game’
- Chim Chim Cher-ee (Rooftop duet) – Bert and Mary Poppins sing the Rooftop duet version of the song
- Run Away – Orchestra plays the song
- Cherry Tree Lane (Reprise) – Mrs. Brill, Michael, Jane, Winifred, Robertson Ay, and George sing the reprise version of this song
- Brimstone and Treacle Part 1 – Miss Andrew sings the song
- Let’s Go Fly a Kite – Bert, Park Keeper, Jane, and Michael sing the song
- Good for Nothing – George sing the song
- Being Mrs Banks (Reprise) – Winifred sings the reprise version of this song
- Brimstone and Treacle Part 2 – Mary Poppins and Miss Andrew sings this second part
- Practically Perfect (Reprise) – Jane, Michael, and Mary Poppins sing the reprise version
- Chim Chim Cher-ee (Rooftop Reprise) – It is once again Bert sings another new version
- Step in Time – Bert, Mary Poppins, Jane, Michael, and the Sweeps sing the song
- Step in Time (Encore) – Bert, Mary Poppins, Jane, Michael, and the Sweeps sing as repetition
- A Man Has Dreams – George and Bert perform the song
- A Spoonful of Sugar – George and Bert sing the song
- Anything Can Happen – Jane, Michael Mary Poppins, and the Company are used to sing the song
- A Spoonful of Sugar (Farewell Reprise) – Mary Poppins and Orchestra play the farewell reprise version
- A Shooting star – Mary Poppins and Orchestra sing the song
Mary Poppins – Our Critique
Mary Poppins is an amazing Broadway musical to enjoy. Those who see the musical after watching the film Marry Poppins may be a little surprised with the story because of some of the modifications from the film.
The set design is fantastic. Lighting and sound effects are almost perfect. Most of the songs and music are the creation of the Academy Award winner Sherman brothers. Anthony Drewe and George Stiles also have some contribution in additional songs and music respectively.
The songs and music are awesome, if we have to put it in just one word. No words can express the vitality in the musical. “A Spoonful of Sugar,” “Step in Time” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” are the most popular songs of the musical.
Mary Poppins is Suitable For
Mary Poppins is enjoyable by people of all ages and all backgrounds, since most people would be able to relate quite well to the story.
People with kids in the family, and children would certainly enjoy the musical. If you are a family with kids visiting New York City, and plan to see a Broadway musical, Mary Poppins is undoubtedly the one you should see.
Theater at Which Mary Poppins is Currently Playing
The New Amsterdam Theatre
Address: 214 W 42nd Street, New York, NY
What Other Viewers are Saying About Mary Poppins
Mary Poppins Review 1
I saw it in NYC at the New Amsterdam Theater and I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!!! Amazing performance with an excellent cast. Spectacular set design and fabulous energy! When Mary Poppins, Laura, flew up and over the audience, it reminded me of how I felt when I first saw her fly in the movie! Watching Bert climb the wall and dance on the ceiling was really neat too.
Just an absolutely BREATHTAKING musical! LOVED IT! If you loved the movie, you will LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the musical. I highly recommend to put it on your BUCKET LIST.
Mary Poppins Review 2
I went to see this with my extended family…mainly for the kids, and wasn’t particularly looking forward to it. However I have to say it was a very solid production. The set design was terrific, the costumes, and the actors all quite good. The actress who played Mary Poppins completely embodied Mary Poppins. She was terrific, as was the ‘evil nanny’. The actress who portrayed the wife…Mrs. Blake?…was also very good.
The song and dance numbers overall were very good, with the Supercalifragalistic one naturally being the biggest crowd pleaser. And what was also nice, and which I’d apparently forgotten, was what a nice overall message this play has for kids and adults alike….about the importance of family, and of just being able to have fun, over materials possession and money.
Mary Poppins Review 3
The show in itself was supercalifragilistic! Like the title of one on the songs “Practically Perfect in everyway” The acting was terrific. Steffanie Leigh and Gavin Lee’s performances where original and new but still kept to the charming characters that Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke created in the 1964 movie. The Tony Award winning sets blew my mind away, every little detail was not missed.
Mary Poppins Review 4
My wife and I are in our early 50′s. We have 4 children, ranging from 17 to 23. We saw this last week (without any of the kids) and thoroughly enjoyed it. The staging and props were among the best (if not the best) I’ve ever seen on Broadway. The storyline is wonderfully wholesome. The songs are truly memorable. The performers gave it their all. It’s my new favorite.
Mary Poppins Review 5
My wife and I took our 10-year-old and 6-year-old girls to this, as their first Broadway show, and the choice could not have been better. The mix of fun and fear was just right; our 6-year-old was just scared enough during the few darker episodes. About the production’s life lessons – we found they landed firmly enough to register–we had great conversations after about them with the girls–but never became preachy or overstayed their welcome.
A final note: Try to get seats in the right mezzanine, as we did. Mary will float right in front of you during her spectacular flight through the theater, which is truly a thrill.
Mary Poppins Review 6
I saw Mary Poppins last night at the Amsterdam theater in NYC. It was ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! One of the best broadway shows I’ve ever seen! Maybe even the best! Totally one of my favorites! Such a cute story, great music, very lively, and heartfelt. I don’t want to give it all away, but it is a MUST SEE!
Mary Poppins Review – Tickets and Discounts
If you are visiting New York City and are undecided about which Broadway show to see, Mary Poppins is certainly a no-risk choice. As you would have gathered from this Mary Poppins review, it has a great story, amazing songs and awesome sets – you would certainly be pleased.
If you are with kids, Mary Poppins is certainly the Broadway musical you should be seeing.
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