Sunday, November 22, 2009

Mary Poppins on Broadway with a Preschooler

If you were wondering if the show is appropriate for a young kid, my answer would be ‘yes.’ But then again that’s coming from somebody who just took his 4-year old to a Tom Jones concert just a few weeks ago.

We saw this show recently as it’s now traveling and in Los Angeles until February Thankfully the stop saves us the trip.

We were a little surprised out how different it was from the original Disney movie. It still has the main catchy tunes, Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, Spoonful of Sugar, etc. but peppered with some pretty adult themes based around the parents. Something that is probably closer to the book and not the sugarcoated movie - I’m now curious to read it.

My daughter absolutely loved the dancing, singing, and, of course Mary Poppins herself. So much that she was begging for the kid-sized Mary Poppins bag being sold at the souvenir stand, something that reminded us that this was of course still a Disney show. When we got to the front of the line 10 minutes later she changed her mind and wanted the $30 kid-sized Mary Poppins umbrella. Later while outside she was seriously disappointed that when opened it didn’t make her fly. For $30 I’d almost expect it to.

Overall the show was quintessential Broadway. Singing, dancing, amazing sets, dazzling effects, and top-notch performers. A pretty amazing and ideal theatrical show; so much that I was left wondering why it took anybody this long to do bring this to stage.