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Play Review

Sunday, 19 December, 2010 11:05 AM

Mary Poppins is a must-see at the Detroit Opera House

Photo credit: ©Disney//CML. Joan Marcus

C. Sheen, K. Balen, B. Baldwin and N. Dromard in Mary Poppins National Tour

by Gloria Rzucidlo
gloria1025@yahoo.com

 

Disney presents Mary Poppins, which is now playing at the Detroit Opera House for a limited engagement from December 17 thru January 2. This is a change of pace for musical lovers.

Almost every musical in the past few years has been at the Fisher Theatre. This one takes place at the Detroit Opera House, which is normally used for concerts and jazz ensembles. I prefer the Opera House, myself. My seat was in the main floor level about 15 rows from the stage. However, there are no bad seats at the Opera House.

The performance begins with the Banks' family looking for a nanny in London at the turn of the century. In flies Mary Poppins to the household. Caroline Sheen plays Mary Poppins. She was born in Wales. Mary gets to know the children, Jane and Michael, in their bedroom and sings, "I'm Perfect in Every Way."

As the Banks were planning a party, the children get into mischief into the kitchen and makes a mess. Mary Poppins walks in, surprised, and gives them medicine as they sing, "A Spoonful of Sugar Makes the Medicine Go Down." After that, they begin to clean up the kitchen.

There was a technical difficulty during the first act, so there was a delay in the performance. It lasted only a minute. At the performance I went to, Park Keeper was played by Jonathan Brody and the Policeman was played by Jesse Swimm.

Playgoers will see Mary Poppins fly through the air above the stage and audience. There was a 15-minute intermission between the two acts.

In the second act, Mary Poppins leaves the Banks' residence without any notice. The children are disappointed. Their new nanny, Ms. Andrews takes over. She is very mean so the children decide to run away to the park to fly their kites as they sing, "Let's Go Fly a Kite."

Mary Poppins finally returns to the stage and the children return home.

There were plenty of different set design changes and lots of singing and dancing by the ensemble. The lighting was bright and colorful and the sound level was fine, although I had to cover my ears once because of the performers screeching. The performance began at 7:30 p.m. and ended at 10:15 p.m.

There were lots of children in the audience. The play was definitely entertaining for the whole family.

Ticket prices for the Detroit engagement of MARY POPPINS start at $25.00 (inclusive of facility fee) and are on sale now at the Fisher Theatre box office and all Ticketmaster locations. Tickets are also available for purchase online at www.ticketmaster.com or www.BroadwayInDetroit.com, and by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-982-2787. For group sales (20 or more) please call (313) 871-1132 or email groups@broadwayindetroit.com.

Related Story: Mary VanArsdel to star as Bird Woman in Mary Poppins at the Detroit Opera House

 

Photo credit: ©DisneyCML. Joan Marcus

Caroline Sheen as ‘Mary Poppins.’ Original National Tour Company of Mary Poppins.

 

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