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Mary Poppins

I was wavering. The musical closes tomorrow in London (and will then go on tour around the UK). vschanoes told me I should go, when I asked her, and so I did. And I'm glad I did. (It's been a long time since I saw the movie, and even longer since I read the book, so I can't really compare very well.)

I loved the costuming. (Especially Mary's three marvellous, vividly-colored coats.) I loved the scenery. (The full house on stage, with a third story that lowers to the floor whenever there are scenes in the children's bedroom.) I loved the use of silhouette in group sequences. The rooftops dance sequence were well done. The singing was solid. I loved how tidy the plot was, with all small mentions of things having a payoff of some sort.

Things which were slightly less satisfying: No birds in the "Feed the Bird" sequence, when there were several other birds featured elsewhere in the musical. How slightly arbitrary the setting of "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" seemed, if entertaining. I was bothered that the son handed his father a telescope to examine it closer after he thought he'd seen a shooting star. (That's one slow shooting star.)

What I really loved more than anything else, however, was how perfect the evil nanny of Mr. Banks' childhood was. She was fabulous - strong, confident, good singer, good song and perfectly mundanely evil. I was only sorry her presence in the musical didn't last longer.

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daisho
Jan. 12th, 2008 12:37 am (UTC)
Brimestone and treacle! :)

I also thought the wirework was excellent -- among the best I've seen, really.
owlfish
Jan. 12th, 2008 01:44 pm (UTC)
Yes! I didn't get to see where Mary Poppins disappeared to at the end, though, since she rather rapidly vanished over the balconies which were over my head. (And using it for the kites too - while entirely obvious - meant the wirework wasn't reserved just for people.)
owlfish
Jan. 12th, 2008 05:38 pm (UTC)
Likely wirework and truly wonderful: Mary sliding up the railing!
vschanoes
Jan. 12th, 2008 04:05 am (UTC)
OK, I've gotta assume that whoever's playing Bert now could replicate the terpsichorean feats of the fellow playing Bert when I went to see it, because surely otherwise you would have mentioned that he tap dances upside-down! Like, actually hitches himself to some kind of platform, walks slowly up the wing to the ceiling where he tap dances while upside down
owlfish
Jan. 12th, 2008 01:43 pm (UTC)
Yes he did! And it was amazing!

I blame fatigue for managing to forget to mention one of the most amazing moments in the whole show. (Although I felt fairly neutrally otherwise about the dance sequence it was in the middle of. I loved the poised freeze of its finish, and I loved Bert's upsidedown tap dance. Otherwise - maybe I just don't appreciate tap as much as I could?)
vschanoes
Jan. 15th, 2008 04:45 am (UTC)
Well, I have a particular fondness for tap, and I thought the sequence was kind of breathtaking, but I am a completely unknowledgeable fan, so maybe it wasn't.
vschanoes
Jan. 12th, 2008 04:06 am (UTC)
"could not," I mean. "Could not."

Damn. Derrida may have been on to something about the negation always telegraphing consent, because I always make that typo.
a_d_medievalist
Jan. 13th, 2008 04:20 pm (UTC)
You know, this post actually intruded on my dreams the other night -- you, Mary Poppins, and the theatre were all there.
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