Theater: Mary Poppins

Opened: November 16, 2006

Book by: Julian Fellowes

Music by: Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman & George Stiles

Lyrics by: Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman & Anthony Drewe

Broadway Replacement Cast: Laura Michelle Kelly, Nicolas Dromard, Karl Kenzler, Megan Osterhaus, Ann Ariva, Mark Price, Ruth Gottschall, Jonathan Freeman, Valerie Boyle, Rozi Baker, Christopher Flaim, Ethan Haberfield, David Gabriel Lerner, Catherine Missal, Rachel Resheff, Nick Corley, Nick Kepley, Sean McCourt, Janelle Anne Robinson, Jessica Sheridan, Corey Skaggs, Sam Strasfeld, Aaron J. Albano, David Baum, Pam Bradley, Catherine Brunell, Kathy Calahan, Kristin Carbone, Brian Collier, Barrett Davis, Elizabeth DeRosa, Suzanne Hylenski, Mark Ledbetter, Melissa Lone, Michelle Lookadoo, Jeff Metzler, Kathleen Nanni, Amber Owens, T. Oliver Reid, Rommy Sandhu, Chad Seib & James Tabeek

If adapting the Mary Poppins book into a movie was an achievement for Walt Disney, he would marvel at this show.

When the Banks children (Rozi Baker, Catherine Missal and Rachel Scheff alternating as Jane; Christopher Flaim, Ethan Haberfield and David Gabriel Lerner alternating as Michael) need a new nanny, the mysterious Mary Poppins (Laura Michelle Kelly) flies into their life.

While this musical features material from the 1964 movie, it combines multiple Mary Poppins stories from P.L. Travers. This allows for the show to be just as new and surprising to adults as it is to children.

Numbers like “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” bring nostalgia, while Nicolas Dromard’s Bert thrills as he dances upside down on the proscenium to “Step in Time.” Kelly is the perfect Mary, taking on the sweet but stern attitude.

Final say: Practically perfect if every way. ★★★★☆

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