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Mary Poppins has Flown into Melbourne

The world’s most practically perfect nanny, Mary Poppins has flown into Melbourne for a limited season.

A favourite of everyone, from young to old, the timeless classic that is Mary Poppins, can’t help but bring a smile to your face. This new Disney and Cameron Mackintosh production, which has been seen by tens of millions of people worldwide has breathed new life into the wonderful stories by the Australian-born author PL Travers.

Playing at Her Majesty’s Theatre, this magical stage adaptation is one you have to see to believe. It is worth noting that the cast is all-Australian and extremely talented. The cast is led by Stefanie Jones as Mary Poppins and Jack Chambers as Bert. Stefanie truly captures the charismatic, no-nonsense character that we all know and love. Her voice is very beautiful and her chemistry with Jack, unmistakable. Jack is extremely charming as the lovable, cheeky Bert and really controls the story as the show progresses to great effect. Musical theatre icon Marina Prior has returned to Cherry Tree Lane in the dual roles of Bird Woman and Miss Andrew, after originating the role of Mrs Banks in the Australian premiere production of Mary Poppins in 2010. The supporting cast do an incredible job bringing the energy to the show and include Tom Wren as George Banks, Lucy Maunder as Winifred Banks, Hannah Waterman as Mrs Brill, Gareth Isaac as Robertson Ay and eight performers to share the roles of the gorgeous Jane and Michael Banks. The entire cast and ensemble are highly engaging and extremely sharp with their choreography. The choreography in the show is very creative but, the precision in the execution of the number, Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious is a clear standout.

Everyone’s favourite songs feature in the show from the aforementioned Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious to other classics such as: Step in Time, Jolly Holiday, A Spoonful of Sugar, Let’s Go Fly a Kite, Chim Chim Cher-ee and the stunning Feed the Birds performed beautifully by Marina Prior. It is very difficult to not hum or sing-a-long from your seat and the finale will have you up and clapping in the aisles.

The set design is spectacular, capturing the whimsical storybook illustration and blending this seamlessly with an Edwardian London design. The rooftops and chimneys look appropriately sooty which is then contrasted with the vibrant scenes in the park, the opulence of the bank interior and the wackiness of Mrs. Corry’s shop. The costumes look fantastic and truly pay homage to the original film. The highlight of the show though has to be the magical effects. It is simply incredible how much Mary can fit into that one bag and this is just the start! The kitchen scene and appearing cake are very impressive and the climactic moment where Mary takes flight is a sight to behold.

Mary Poppins ticks the nostalgia box for many; however, as a show in its own right, it stands tall and brings in a whole new generation to the beauty of this heart-felt story. Mary Poppins makes for a great night out to the Theatre and should be seen before the winds change and she is gone forever.

 
The Details:
  • Playing at Her Majesty’s Theatre, Exhibition St. Melbourne until the end of April
  • For more information, and to book tickets: marypoppinsmusical
  • Written by: Michael Kent
  • Images: Daniel Boud