On Tuesday, April 23, I saw Mary Poppins at the Oprheum Theatre. There were two distinct age groups: middle aged people and families. The Disney movie was released in 1964, when many middle aged people were children. They probably wanted to come due to sentimental feelings from their pasts. Many children today also are growing up with this movie, so they and their families came, too. I watched the movie a lot when I was younger, so I was very excited to see the play.
The woman who played Mary Poppins, Madeline Trumble, was very good. She was funny and a great singer and played Mary very well. The children who played Jane and Michael, Alexa Shae Niziak and Eli Tokash respectively, were also very good. They were surprisingly good actors and singers for their ages and could do a convincing British accent. It was very impressive. The ensemble was also great, making the big numbers like “Jolly Holliday”, “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”, and “Step in Time” very interesting and fun. They dancing in those numbers was also fairly good. I also loved the way they did the song “Feed the Birds”, an old favorite of mine. It felt very epic and was simply beautiful.
The set was very creative and interesting. I liked it a lot. It looked like a dollhouse that could turn and move to see different rooms and floors. It was very engrossing and it captivated me immediately. All the costumes were very good and well made. I especially like the bright and colorful costumes for “Jolly Holiday”. Another technical element I liked was the twinkling light that accompanied magic, and I also liked the magic itself, though you could often see wires in flying scenes.
Compared to the movie, I would say that the Broadway show far surpassed the movie. While I love the movie, I love the musical even better. Its plot is much more fleshed out, going more into the character of George Banks and giving him some backstory. I also loved all the songs they added. There was also one running joke that I found hilarious and noteworthy. If you go see the show, look out for “Close your mouth, we are not a codfish.” I guarantee it’ll make you laugh.
Overall, I loved the show! It was absolutely fantastic and I honestly cannot find much to criticize. I think it’s a great show for anyone, no matter their age. I also think that people who haven’t seen the movie would enjoy it, like some of the people I went to the show with did. I definitely recommend Marry Poppins, a simply supercalifragilisticexpialidocious show.