I had the pleasure of seeing “Mary Poppins” on Broadway as part of a blogger experience in New York City this last weekend. While I’ve seen many Broadway shows in my two previous trips to NYC, and several Disney shows, I’ve never seen this show at the New Amsterdam Theatre.
This was also the first time I’ve been to New York during the holidays. It was definitely a challenge to navigate the extraordinarily large crowds, but worth it for the amazing holiday decor. Don’t let the thought of crowds keep you from visiting. Plan ahead, be patient, and you’ll make an amazing holiday memory. I did!
“Mary Poppins” on Broadway is a fabulous, family-friendly show that will keep kids entertained as well as adults. The music includes all of your favorite songs from the Disney movie and I couldn’t help myself but tap my feet to “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.” The existing songs were expanded and new songs were written, but it feels authentic. Additionally, the orchestration was changed and rearranged from the movie as well to be younger and livelier.
The orchestra is top notch as are the actors. Especially the two child actors. Simply amazing. It takes 6 sets of kids (some as old as 14) to play the Banks’ children and they age out of the show after about 18 months.
The costumes are spot on and Mary looks divine. She goes through some incredibly fast costume changes and of course she pulls things out of her magic carpet bag when necessary. There are plenty of show-stopping tunes and fabulous dancing – tap, ballet, and more. The sets do a phenomenal job of setting the tone of each scene and of course because Mary is magical, there is plenty of flying as well.
My favorite scene? The same as in the movie – the chimney sweeps on the rooftop of London led by Bert singing, “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” but “Feed the Birds” always makes me melancholy. The stage version is different than the movie version – there aren’t any penguins or women’s suffrage. It’s different but still fabulous in its own right.
Bring some souvenir money with you and check out the fun memorabilia offered for sale in the lobby before the show, during intermission, and of course on your way out. My favorite was the tiny carpet bag purse and umbrellas but there were also DVDs, CDs, t-shirts, tote bags, and more. I opted for a special edition Broadway Cares autographed poster that they were offering during our show. What a treasure! I also purchased a soda at intermission and received a commemorative cup.
Special thanks to the Walt Disney Company and Disney Broadway for allowing me to see the show and sample the tour as their guest. All opinions are my own.