Running since October 2006 The classic songs of the Disney movie are used in this family-friendly megamusical, telling the tale of that charming nanny of Edwardian London in a perfectly supercalifragilisticexpialidocious manner.
The Broadway production of Mary Poppins closed March 3, 2013. For current Broadway show listings and tickets, please click here.
While perhaps not at the level of the high-concept "Lion King," this mammoth Broadway musical is certainly one of the best efforts of the "Big Mouse," and a very good choice for a discerning theatre-going family.
Somewhat brightened up from its London run, it combines the songs of the Disney movie with some interesting shadings of the original story, making for an entertainment which is certainly the rafter-raising, stage-filling spectacle that Main Stem audiences expect, but also has a nugget or two within of interesting theatre.
While the focus of the story is the troubled family, and the wit and wisdom that the new nanny brings (prompting the wags at the NY Times to dub it "Nanny 911: The Musical"), the magic here is interpersonal, not fairy dust. But yes, the umbrella still flies....and replicas are reportedly flying off the shelves at the souvenir stands as well!
...a quaint, muddled, beautiful-looking musical with plenty of spectacle but even more emotional distance.
That this human and humane story shines through all the dazzling theatrical effects demonstrates the potency of its emotional impact.
...has all the standard essentials: talented performers who sing, dance and act well; elaborate production numbers; a well-loved story. What's missing is inspiration, the imaginative spark that snaps a musical to life and makes the audience go "Wow!"
The biggest surprise of Mary Poppins... is that Disney has tried too hard to make a serious musical. The stage version delves more deeply than the film into the domestic troubles of the Banks home. This being a Disney story, you know from the start that Dad's job anxiety and Mom's life frustrations are just setting you up for a huggy Spielbergian finale.
New York Observer
...almost everything is practically perfect, and everyone is trying much too hard.
New York Post
Film musicals don't normally translate well into stage versions... but "Mary Poppins" doesn't simply translate, it transcends. This is a great show that, for first time this season, has Broadway singing again.
New York Times
(a) handsome, homily-packed and rather tedious show...
...resembles a vast, elaborate clockwork toy of yesteryear. It's festooned with an array of bells, whistles and cute mechanical figures. Whether kids will be thrilled by such a vintage gadget is debatable. Adults are likely to mix fond smiles with yawns.
The Journal News
This show is indeed, to quote one of its sparkling new songs and a self-appraisal by Mary Poppins, "Practically Perfect." So, go.
...every bit as sentimental on stage as it was on celluloid, and it's every bit as irresistible.
...about equally full of unintended ironies and intended diversions. A lengthy evening... for a work that appeals primarily to children, it has a layered look, jumbling the prim Edwardian fun of Travers's original up against the splashy one-dimensional cheeriness of mid-'60s Disney and a coarse but sometimes campy contemporary sensibility that uses Edwardian music-hall styles with a knowing, 21st-century wink.