Mary Poppins: Practically Perfect

By Mindy Sink

8148767672_5fe5062993It’s the perfect season for Mary Poppins—and there are only a few days to see it in Denver this spring.

What you want to know: Con O’Shea-Creal as chimney sweep/artist nearly steals the show from Madeline Trumble as Mary Poppins—-it’s pretty hard to compete with a man who tap dances upside down above the stage–but both are truly outstanding in this show. Lucas Schultz as Michael Banks and Madison Ann Mullahey as Jane Banks were splendid in their roles.

What you need to know: Denver Center Attractions and producers Thomas Schumacher of Disney Theatrical Productions and Cameron Mackintosh present this award-winning musical at the Buell Theatre through May 5. This production is based on both the original Mary Poppins books by author P.L. Travers and the 1964Walt Disney film based on those books.

8148768912_4b4f4cbfd6What my 7-year old daughter had to say about the show: “This is fantastic!” and after the “Jolly Holiday” number in which the Banks’ children enter a fantasy version of their local park where statues come alive, my little darling nearly shouted, “That part was so awesome!” Truly, she was awestruck by the sets as much as the singing and dancing (OK, so was I). And that was all before the intermission. Later in the show my daughter was rendered speechless during “Step In Time” when Bert’s tap dancing took him up the curtains and upside down as if tap dancing on the ceiling. Still, my daughter beamed every time Mary Poppins came on stage.

What I want to know: Does the song, “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” ever get old? It was completely infectious with the audience and we all clapped, sang and even danced along when that song was performed. We sang it in the car on the drive home too.

Go to www.denvercenter.org to get the showtimes and buy your tickets. Keep in mind there is a gift shop of Mary Poppins paraphernalia in the lobby for anyone in need of their own parrot-head umbrella or “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” beach towel.

MARY POPPINS in Denver is a HealthOne Family Production and an added attraction to the Denver Center Attractions 2013/14 season which is sponsored by United Airlines and Vectra Bank. Media sponsorship for DCA is provided by The Denver Post and CBS4. The Denver Center for the Performing Arts is supported in part by the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District.