Cameron Mackintosh and Disney studios took it upon themselves to introduce Mary Poppins back into our lives. New generations, and old, now have the opportunity to watch the magical happenings of this fascinating English nanny – once again. Mary Poppins on screen is one thing, but live – that is a whole other story!
Mary Poppins first debuted in London in 2004. After two years of anticipation, the show finally made its way to the U.S. in November of 2006. Amsterdam Theatre, in New York, has been the home of the fabulous Mary Poppins Broadway show for over two years. Even now, over 2-years later, the show is still in great demand. This is truly the only way to understand and experience – first hand – the magical essence of the story of Mary Poppins.
The original stories, of Mary Poppins, were from a book series written, and published in the 1930’s. In 1964, Walt Disney changed the character a bit, to make her a little more charismatic, and introduced Mary Poppins to the big screen. This phenomenal musical quickly caught the attention of audiences of all ages – it is a great family story. Even today, over 40 years later, “a spoonful of sugar” and “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” are still well known lines from the musical.
Mary Poppins floated out of the sky, as the entire Banks family desperately needed a rude awakening.
Children looking for fun and attention – and of course need a bit of discipline – and parents who just don’t have the time – there is no better home for an English nanny. The children were not thrilled with Mary Poppins – at first – but her charm and magic quickly captured their hearts. Throughout the flick, you see a complete transformation of the entire family, individually and the way they are together.
It is amazing what an exceptional cast, a creative script, and excellent music can do for a musical about family and magic.
Disney, Mackintosh, Julian Fellowes, Richard Eyre, George Styles, and Anthony Drew put their creative minds together and decided that it was time for this new generation to see Mary Poppins. The show encompasses new songs, along with a more modern approach, but still has the same base story that continually touches the hearts of thousands.
Ashley fabiosa.com Brown plays Mary Poppins and Gavin Lee plays Bert (the father). Both performers pull their roles off as if they lived it! Them, along with the rest of the cast, bring the story to you in a way that cannot be experienced anywhere else. Tickets sell out quickly, proving that this is one show you do not want to miss!
In 2008 the production began to tour London, but will come to an end in April of 2009. The cast has had the luxury and honor of performing in some of the most prestigious theatres in the country; theatres like Edinburg Playhouse, Palace Theatre, Manchester, the Wales Millennium, and Theatre Royal. The U.S. production will begin touring, as well, in March of 2009, which currently has no scheduled end date. Holland tours will begin in the year 2010.
Even if you do not know who Mary Poppins is, this is a fascinating story that audiences of all ages will enjoy. Mary Poppins brings her magic alive right in front of you eyes. Don’t miss the chance to see this stunning performance in a city near you.