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Review: ‘Mary Poppins’ returns, but sequel isn’t practically perfect

There’s no one right way to reboot a beloved property. “Mary Poppins Returns” takes the “ain’t broke, don’t fix it” approach when it comes to creating a sequel to the multiple-Oscar-winning 1964 film “Mary Poppins.” Beloved nanny Mary Poppins does indeed return, this time in the form of Emily Blunt, but despite its best efforts, the film around her doesn’t quite achieve liftoff.

U-Hi equips ‘Mary Poppins’ cast for aerial acrobatics

University High School’s theater program is one of three drama departments statewide producing “Mary Poppins.” “We traditionally do at least one big show each year, and we try to go bigger and better each year,” said Briane Green, U-Drama director and high school drama teacher. “This year it’s ‘Mary Poppins.’ ”

‘Mary Poppins’ a spoonful of fun

It appears that Broadway producer Cameron Mackintosh and Disney chose wisely when they entrusted their stage musical “Mary Poppins” to Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre. Co-directors Roger Welch and Rommy Sandhu – himself a veteran of “Poppins” on Broadway – made every correct decision in bringing this big show to North Idaho, from costumes and sets to (most importantly) casting. It’s a production that really rises above the flaws in the source material.

Art of the perfect ‘Poppins’

Call it fate. Or magic. Either way, it seems practically perfect that Mallory King is playing the lead in “Mary Poppins” at Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre.

Magic of ‘Mary Poppins’ coming to CdA this summer

Roger Welch returns to New York City for a couple of months each year. While there, he works – most recently directing Mark Cotter in a cabaret at the Metropolitan Room. He reconnects with friends. He keeps an eye open for plays that would be good for Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre. This time, he landed “Mary Poppins,” making Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre one of a handful of regional theaters that will stage the musical next year.

Theater review: ‘Poppins’ a fun, lively adaptation

That old Disney magic will once again have you under its spell in the latest stage production to hit Spokane, “Mary Poppins.” Like Disney’s previous Broadway successes, “The Lion King” and “Beauty and the Beast,” this production is high-quality and delightfully stunning in sight and sound.

Magic of ‘Poppins’

What does the stage musical version of “Mary Poppins” have in common with the PBS hit show “Downton Abbey”? We’ll give you the answer later, but first we should list a few other telling facts about this musical smash, which arrives at the INB Performing Arts Center on Tuesday.