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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.
Quincy McCune’s portrayal of Poppins was a joy to watch and hear. There were moments where her mannerisms were so accurate, and my seat just far enough back, that Julie Andrews could’ve been there on stage.
“Mary Poppins,” directed by Troy Nickerson, opens Friday and runs until Oct. 14.
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Popular actor played chimney sweep Bert in the 1964 original as well as the elderly banker, Mr. Dawes. He tells Entertainment Tonight that in “Mary Poppins Returns,” he’ll play Mr. Dawes’ son.
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.’ ”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.