Mary Poppins – An Atlanta Theater Fans Review

Theatre of the Stars presents Mary Poppins

Madeline Trumble as Mary and Con O’Shea-Creal as Bert. Photo by Jeremy Daniel

Mary Poppins – Still Practically Perfect

The iconic nanny, with her trademark umbrella and no-nonsense attitude—flies into the Fabulous Fox Theatre this week for another run of Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s production of Mary Poppins, which is part of Theater of the Stars 60th season.

The hit Broadway show follows the story of the Banks family and the arrival of a magical nanny who aids in bringing the parents and children back together. With music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, additional music by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, and book by Julian Fellowes (writer and creator of Downtown Abbey), the musical is actually a blend of the classic 1964 film and the original series of children’s books by P.L. Travers.

Madeline Trumble and Con O’Shea-Creal bring the characters of Mary Poppins and her chimney sweep friend to life amidst a delightful supporting cast—including Chris Hoch as George Banks and Kerry Conte as Mrs. Banks.

For audiences who are familiar with the film, there are many memorable moments recreated from the screen, as well as the original songs that have become so much a part of our culture. But, in addition to that, there are new scenes and songs that make this production of Mary Poppins a brand new entity, rather than a remake. “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” has gotten a fresh face lift with some eye-popping choreography, and the song “Step in Time” features a tremendous feat of walking and tap dancing by Bert.

The musical is certainly appropriate for all ages and is a wonderful night of family entertainment; however, theater-goes should be aware that the show is fairly lengthy, with a first act running close to an hour-and-a-half, so it may not be suitable for every child.

Mary Poppins runs April 2 to April 7, 2013 at the Fox Theatre. Tickets are available online, at the Fox Theatre box office or by phone at 855-ATL-TIXX.

– Christi Whitney