Wednesday, February 1, 2012
The Broadway Musical That Is "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious"-Now In Charleston
Everyone remembers "Mary Poppins." She was the "Harry Potter" of the 1960's. Although, she did'nt fly around on broomsticks at the speed of sound waving a wand with magical powers. She floated around on a magical umbrella helping children everywhere when they were most in need and singing happy songs. Because Mary was "Practically perfect in every way."
"Mary Poppins" was a 1964 musical film starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, produced by Walt Disney. It won the Academy Award for Best Actress and the film also won Oscars for Best Film Editing, Original Music Score, Best Song, Best Visual Effects, and received a total of 13 nominations. The movie was based on the Mary Poppins books series by P. L. Travers with illustrations by Mary Shepard.
As with all movies, the storyline sometimes goes alittle different than the book. In the movie, Mary was not only firm, but kind and gentle as well. In the book the character was strict and pompous. Not quite the kind of lead character you would see in a Disney movie unless you were casting for a cruel step mother or an evil queen with a magical mirror. And definately wouldn't be singing and dancing to "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious". Also, Mary Poppins was George Banks(the children's father) own nanny when he was a child, but was left out of the movie, except for few hints, you would miss it if you aren't paying close attention.
Mary Poppins is now one of the biggest stage musical successes to emerge from London and New York in recent years. It is now appearing at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center for a four-day engagement, February 1 to 4. The New York Post gives it a 4 out of 4 star rating. Variety raved about it saying, "This is the rare touring production that over-delivers on every level." So, gather up the kids and join in the fun. They will forget about Harry Potter, at least for a short time, and will be singing "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious." Tickets and times.