Anyone guess what I'm talking about? ;) I do believe I've held you in suspense long enough. I dropped several hints last week about the exciting thing I did last Wednesday, and now it is time to be out with it. Last week...I saw the Broadway production of Mary Poppins!!
It was, in a word, magical. Just like it should be. Honestly, I couldn't help but smile the whole way through. "Step in Time" had me tapping my foot and "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" had the whole audience clapping along. It was spectacular, and honestly, so much fun. It made you want to laugh and cry and dance and sing till your lungs burst.
Another plus of being so close during the second act came during "Step in Time." You know how in the movie, Bert goes "over the rooftops"?? Well, for the show, that meant walking up the side of the stage, and then going upside down on the top frame and tap-dancing on the ceiling! Epic much? I wouldn't have been able to see it with my seat in the back with the balcony hanging over me, but oh-so-thankfully, I did.
While we're on the topic of Bert...he was perfect. If you think you like Bert in the movie (which I always did--I mean, c'mon, it's Dick Van Dyke!), you should have seen him here. He was good-lookin', had a gorgeous voice, could dance like anything, and had the greatest facial expressions ever. And our Mary Poppins was adorable and had a lovely voice. It was all so colorful and happy and full of magic. I didn't want it to end.
I thought they did a really good job of including most of the well-beloved songs from the Julie Andrews movie, but still adding enough to it to make it new and exciting and different and deeper and more meaningful and eccentric and colorful at the same time. Basically, I thrilled to every minute of it. The set was gorgeous too. And guess what everyone? She flew! Mary Poppins flew over the stage! :)
Iffin you be wantin' to, these are videos of my two favorite parts, though not the cast I saw (and trust me, my cast was even better ;P). "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious"...seriously, how does anyone memorize how to spell that word and then dance to it? And "Step in Time"...skip to 1:00 if you want to see it--there's awesome dancing and Bert on the ceiling!!
All you get are the stars,
But we've found a whole new spin...
If you reach for the heavens,
You get the stars thrown in!