I had family in town and we wanted a show that would appeal to a variety of ages and be an overall crowd-pleaser. Mary Poppins was perfect: a lighthearted show, quality entertainment, and you feel good when it's over.
Mary Poppins has a storyline that most are familiar with. Mary arrives as the nanny of naughty Jane and Michael Banks, two children in a dysfunctional household.
Although her style is unusual, Mary Poppins has a positive effect on the entire family as she takes the kids (and the audience) on captivating adventures, teaching them lessons along the way.
The Mary Poppins musical has clever sets that are fancy and change often, keeping things interesting. The singing is delightful, the costumes are colorful, and the choreography is complex. The dance numbers involve fast moves, fancy footwork, and impressive coordination.
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The children playing Michael and Jane are very talented (as is the entire cast) and put on an outstanding performance.
Mary Poppins may seem like a tale for children, but there is plenty in this performance for adults to enjoy too. Actually, everyone in our group was either a teenager or an adult.
Mature viewers will be brought back to their childhoods with numbers like "A Spoonful of Sugar," "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious", and "Let's Go Fly a Kite." Really, it's hard not to sing these tunes in your head for the rest of the day. Plus the tap-dancing and the cool effects like a guy walking on the ceiling were extra neat.
Mary Poppins on Broadway is an entertaining twist on a classic tale. And seeing Mary Poppins soar above the crowd with her umbrella in hand sure beats the movie theater!
Bottom Line: Great for all ages, high energy dancing, brilliant singing of familiar songs