Mary Poppins is one of the most beloved tales of all time, and the latest musical version, after a long and successful run at London’s Prince Edward Theatre, is heading to Broadway.
Based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film, the show centers on the title character, a nanny who changes the lives of a banker and his two high-spirited and mischievous children.
As the show moves from scene to scene, the family is pulled apart and reassembled, with lessons learned and relationships strengthened by a certain FLYING nanny! The production boasts songs from the film courtesy of Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, including such classics as “Chim Chim Cheree,” “A Spoonful of Sugar” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.”
There also are new tunes by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, and a book by Julian Fellowes. Richard Eyre and Matthew Bourne are the directors.
In London, critics and patrons alike have raved. Most of the acclaim declared that the new production manages to be fresh and invigorating while remaining faithful to the original source material.