Monday, May 3, 2010

Super...super...duper...spendariffic...

Oh shoot, I'm trying to find a word that's bigger than supercalifragilisticexpialidocious...  Mary Poppins were are you when I need you? I need a bigger word to describe how fantasmaliciouslydelicious the Broadway production of Mary Poppins at the Fox Theatre was and is!!!

What a fabulously lovely tip top show it was indeed! The set, the casting, the acting, the music, the dancing, the venue, all perfectamungo... try finding that one in the dictionary...

I'm making 'em up as I go, but there was nothing thrown together about Mary Poppins. Every detail was spit spot... what else would you expect from anything featuring Mary Poppins?

I was a little hesitant prior to the show thinking about the prospect of having to write a review. I "assumed" I would have a hard time due to the years and years of seeing and loving the movie version with Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke as the lead characters. Turned out that once the curtain went up I was completely in the world of Caroline Sheen as Mary Poppins and Gavin Lee as Bert.

I can't rave enough about the show. It's magical, engaging and it made me wish again that I'd had a Mary Poppins nanny! It's uplifting and has a great message for all ages.

Everyone can do with a bit of magic in their life and this show is truly magical. It's only here through May 16th so you'll need to grab your tickets now. There's never a bad seat in the Fox Theatre so take what you can get! Who knows, Mary Poppins may just grab her umbrella and gracefully zoom over your seat!

One teeny tiny caution I feel obligated to share:  I always head to the restrooms during intermission and again after a show just to hear the comments and get impressions from those in line. The only negatives I heard were a few comments about the scene where the statues in the park come to life, but I think it bothered some of the parents more than the kids... It was a cool scene, but it might have been more completely kid-appropriate to have completely covered statues, even if they were realistic! Don't get me wrong, nothing at all lewd or eye-covering in the scene, but I think it was just a bit jarring given the rest of the "sweetness" of the show.

Here's a bit of random Mary Poppins trivia for you:
- The roof and nursery together weigh about 16,000 pounds
- The Banks House weighs about 40,000 pounds
- Over 35 women's hats are worn at least once throughout the show
- It required 14 trucks to move the show from city to city
- 2008 marked 75 years since novelist P.L. Travers first created the character of Mary Poppins
- P.L. Travers (Pamela Lyndon Travers) was born Helen Lyndon Goff in Queensland, Australia in 1899
- There are eight Mary Poppins books written by P.L. Travers
- The classic Walt Disney film was released on August 27, 1964
- The film received 13 Academy Award nominations, taking home five awards

For tickets and more information visit www.MaryPoppinsTour.com or www.Ticketmaster.com. To charge tickets call 1-800-982-2787 or for group orders of 15 or more call 404-881-2000. Prices range from $19.50 to $64.00.

Tickets for Mary Poppins at the Fabulous Fox on Sale Now!
Performances Begin April 29, 2010 for 3 Weeks at the Fox Theatre

Caroline Sheen as ‘Mary Poppins’ and Gavin Lee as ‘Bert” perform “Chim Chim Cher-ee.” Original National Tour Company of MARY POPPINS. Disney/CML. Photo by Joan Marcus.

Broadway Across America – Atlanta and producers Thomas Schumacher of Disney Theatrical Productions and Cameron Mackintosh announced that Atlanta’s most eagerly awaited stage production will begin performances at the Fox Theatre on Thursday, April 29 for a limited engagement of 3 weeks through Sunday, May 16. The opening night is Friday, April 30 at 8 p.m. The entire original creative team has reunited to bring this magical story of the world’s most famous nanny to audiences around North America... More