Two words to describe a practically perfect person and you’ve probably already guessed them, Mary Poppins. Yes the family packed up in the mini van the Saturday before Labor Day and drove over to the grand Fox Theatre here in sunny St Louis to see the matinee musical of the greatest nanny of all time (Unless you consider Eloise’s nanny who truly had her hands full. Ever notice the staff at the Plaza didn’t resemble Mary’s always helpful Bert and friends? Well I digress.).
I can’t recommend this production enough! Similar to the family favorite Disney movie starring Julie Andrews it is written to follow the books a bit more. A few songs are gone or changed and there are new ones. But it is a spectacular story with fabulous sets, music and costumes to match.
In fact it has inspired me to research the books that were used as the basis of the musical. I am listing in no particular order; Mary Poppins,
Mary Poppins Opens the Door, Mary Poppins Comes Back, Mary Poppins in the Park, Mary Poppins in the Kitchen: A Cookery Book with a Story,
Mary Poppins from A to Z, Mary Poppins in Cherry Tree Lane, Mary Poppins and the House Next Door, Mary Poppins Balloons and Balloons.
All the books were written by P. L. Travers an Aussie who later emigrated to London and worked as both a journalist and theater critic. Evidently the author had a relatively interesting life, living until 96 years of age, as she has had 3 biography’s completed.
I hope you get the opportunity to see the musical, if not enjoy the books, perhaps the biography, pop in the DVD and for a finale….Go fly a kite!!!