Mary Poppins recently hung her umbrella over the Orpheum Theatre. Disney’s Mary Poppins is based on the beloved Movie and book. The touring production has scaled down, but still has a giant cast of 42 performers. This touring production has been known for its technical problems delaying or cancelling a performance. The show on Saturday September 12th was a well oiled machine, compared to the first few shows that had technical problems.
Ashley Brown was "Practically perfect" as the title role of Mary Poppins. She stared in the role in the Original Broadway cast of the show. Brown brought spunk and attitude to Mary. Brown's Mary was lovable, but still had a little attitude you could hold against her. Brown had great comedic timing that the audience ate up.
The lovably chimney sweep Bert was played by Gavin Lee. Lee originated the role in London and on Broadway. Lee played Bert perfectly all the way from the first act’s opener “Chim Chim Cher-ee” to “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”. Lee brought the audience to their feet after act II’s show stopping number “Step In Time”.
The Banks family is headed by George played by Karl Kenzler. His wife Winifred is played by Megan Osterhaus. They Banks children were played by Bryce Baldwin as Michael and Aida Neitenbach as Jane. They played a great dysfunctional family that couldn’t keep a nanny.
The household help was played by Andrew Keenan-Bolger as Robertson Ay and Valerie Boyle as Mrs. Brill. Boyle and Keenan-Bolger made a great team onstage. Boyle plays the feisty Mrs. Brill and Keenan-Bolger playing the challenged and frightened Robertson Ay.
The cast had a great ensemble as well. The ensemble was headed by Brian Letendre and Q. Smith. The ensemble gave the show the extra little shine it needed.
The touring production really brings Mary Poppins to life for audience across the country. The production is “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” and “Practically Perfect" in every way.
Really fun and rousing performance -- phenomenal songs, great group scenes/songs, fun dancing. Just not sure why they had to add the mean nanny, who wasn't in the film. That was a bummer for being there with a younger child, having expected it to be nearly all up beat.
Feb 26, 2010
Mar 21, 2010 05:56 AM UTC
About this product
Based on P.L. Travers' stories and the classic Disney film, Mary Poppins brings to life the story of the Banks family and their magical nanny. Featuring the movie's Oscar-winning songs, this enchanting musical lets you rediscover the power of family and the joyful memories of childhood.