Broadway Across Canada presents the Broadway hit musical Disney’s Mary Poppins, at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre from the 17th of July to the 22nd of July 2012.
I had the opportunity to see the show for the second time on Thursday night (I first saw it in December 2011 while living in Sydney, Australia), and absolutely loved it as much as I did the first time.
Based on the 1960s Walt Disney movie (and the original 1930s stories by P.L. Travers), Mary Poppins is the story of a magical nanny at the tun of the 20th Century London, who comes into the lives of the Banks family just when they need her the most, and changes their lives, for the better.
The set and costumes are truly magical.The main set, the home of the Banks family, appears to be a mere pencil drawing, which comes to life and opens up as a doll house would. Very versatile, the set rotates to reveal three different rooms in the house.
Another main set, the park near the Banks home, appears to be lifeless and grey, until the magic of Mary Poppins brings colour into it. A third main set, the bank, is also represented as lifeless in black and white, yet it is visually beautiful.
One of my favourite numbers in the show is the performance of Step in Time, in which Mary Poppins, her friend Bert, the Banks children, and a number of chimney sweeps tap dance on the rooftops of London.
Likewise, the performances and musical numbers are outstanding. Almost as if on cue, the audience clapped along to the music in a few occasions, most noticeable during the extremely colourful performance of Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious near the end of the first Act – as well as it’s encore during the curtain call.
The heart-warming story has the audience going through a roller coaster of emotions from laughter to joy to tears. The whole production is incredible, and well-deserving of a standing ovation every single time.
If you can go to the Vancouver production, or if the show is coming to your city, I highly recommend you go see it, you won’t regret it!