Mary Poppins: A Review

Photo Credit: Deen Van Meer

I was ecstatic when I heard Mary Poppins was coming to Vancouver – out of all the Disney Musicals, this was one that that I knew I definitely had to see (and next, Newsies?!?) I did have a hard time imagining what the stage musical was going to be like – the movie has always been a favourite of mine.

Whenever I think about musicals which have already been published and successful in another avenue (novel, movie, play etc), I have learned over the years that I need to change my expectations for the musical – not lower expectations, just change them. For instance, when I was growing up, I fell absolutely in love with the movie of A Chorus Line – and when I saw the musical, I was very unhappy. It wasn’t until years later when I fell in love with the Broadway soundtrack that I regretted my expectations.

There are a few things in the musical Mary Poppins that I knew were not going to translate from the movie. The cartoon scenes, for instance. The beloved carousel and the racetrack. Also, the jumping from rooftop to rooftop during “Chim Chim Cher-ee”. But I was determined that I was going in with an open mind – after all, it’s getting rave reviewers during the tour, and it’s still playing on Broadway in NYC!

What they did for Mary Poppins was absolutely magical.

The acting and singing was superb – Rachel Wallace who shines at Mary Poppins had some large shoes to fill from the film (Julie Andrews). Wallace’s voice and acting were stunning – you could not keep your eyes off of her when she was on stage. The children, Jane and Michael (played by Marissa Ackerman and Zach Timson during my show) were delightful. They were on stage for much of the show and kept up with the fast pace. They were particularly enjoyable during Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious – having to remember complex actions and lyrics. During the performance I saw, the role of Bert was played by Con O’Shea-Creal. Though it may not have been his primary role (he normally plays Northbrook), it appeared as though he had been playing the role of Bert night after night. He was strong in both character and voice. However, he was slightly lost on the stage when the entire cast was one – I wish the costume designers had given him a bright colour or a trademark to follow as they did with Mary Poppins, but they may not have been able to change anything from the Broadway musical.

Sometimes touring productions have to adapt to touring – they cannot always bring entire sets to each city (i.e. the side staircase in Wicked, the rising stages from The Lion King, the helicopter from Miss Saigon etc). I was ABSOLUTELY AMAZED AND ENCHANTED by the sets from Mary Poppins – it looked as though they had brought the entire production from Broadway with them – the entire Banks house was on stage and flowed in and out of the different scenes like water. It was brilliant.

Also brilliant was the bank scene – the cast performed it brilliantly and it totally added to the ‘precision and order” Mr Banks sings about in Cherry Tree Lane. I also have to compliment the entire cast on Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious – the movements were brilliant and added to the excitement. Step in Time was also amazing with their tap dancing. It definitely made me bounce in my seat.

I loved seeing all the children in the audience, all dressed up with their families. I looked at some of the children’s faces as the show was going on and they looked so excited and happy. If I could make one recommendation (and this is for parents, mind you), if you’re going to bring snacks, drinks etc into the theatre, please wrap it in quiet materials. I was tired of the “crackles” interrupting the musical.

While Rock of Ages was definitely an “adult-only” show, this show is perfect for both adults and families – it had just enough ‘adult’ storyline to play with and fun and interactive elements to keep children entertained. Absolutely stunning.

Thank you Broadway Across Canada for bringing these shows to us who may not get another opportunity to see them. The arts are so important to learn from and enjoy. I am so excited to see what else is in store for the 2012-13 year!

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Performances in Vancouver run from July 17 – 23, 2012 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

Tickets are on sale now! Go to or call toll-free 1.855.985.5000. Prices range from $38.40-$155.90 (plus service fees).

Tickets (though limited) are still available. There are Rush tickets to Mary Poppins in Vancouver right now! 50% off  – on the day of the show only at box office just before the show.

Photo Credit: Deen Van Meer


Mary Poppins in Vancouver and a Giveaway! [contest over]

So as June brings us a little bit of a break from some of the larger touring theatre productions, we only have to wait a little bit longer until the production of Mary Poppins comes to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre from June 17-22nd, 2012. From what I have heard about it, it has recieved glowing reviews and will be fun for the whole family!

Mary Poppins is only in Vancouver for a short engagement and Broadway Across Canada and I want you to see it! Broadway Across Canada has given me 4 tickets (2 winners) to give away to one of you lucky readers.

Performances run from July 17 – 23, 2012 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

Tickets are on sale now! Go to or call toll-free 1.855.985.5000. Group orders for 10 or more may be placed by calling 1.800.889.8457. Prices range from $38.40-$155.90 (plus service fees).

Now for the contest:

You have a chance to win 2 tickets to opening night of Mary Poppins in Vancouver on July 17, 2012.

1) Write a comment below and include: (Mandatory Entry)

  • Your favourite song from Marry Poppins;
  • What musical you would love to see come to Vancouver;
  • Your email and your twitter handle (if you have one!)

2) Tweet the following and include the hashtag #MaryPoppinsVancouver (1 extra entry)

I entered to win 2 tickets to #MaryPoppinsVancouver via @natalievana & @BACTouring. RT + COMMENT to Enter. #Win

All submissions will be entered into a random draw. The winners of the contest will be announced via twitter (@natalievana) and posted on this blog. The contest giveaway is to win 2 tickets to the July 17th, 2012 performance of Mary Poppins at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver. There will be 2 winners. Don’t worry if your comment doesn’t come up right away, I need to approve them!

Fine Print:

This contest is open to everyone 13 years of age and older. Contest will run from 12:00am PST June 8, 2012 until 11:59pm PST June 22, 2012. I will draw a winner at 11:00am PST June 25, 2012. Two entries only. Winners must respond with 48 hours. You must be able to travel to Vancouver for the performance. Tickets cannot be resold.

Update: June 25, 2012 – Every entry was assigned a number and then two numbers were chosen by The winners are Linda O. and Cecilia J.! Congratulations!!! I’ve sent you both an email – please get back to me within 48 hours or I will have to choose another winner.

Update: June 27, 2012 – Linda never got back to me (sorry Linda!). chose Jen W. as the next winner! Congrats! Check your email and please get back to me within 48 hours or I’ll have to choose another winner (please email me!)

Mary Poppins in Vancouver, presented by Broadway Across Canada, is part of a three city tour in Canada including dates in Edmonton July 24-29, 2012 and Calgary July 31 – August 5, 2012.

For more information, please visit

Step in Time! Photo Credit: Deen Van Meer

Mary Poppins: A Practically Perfect Pre-Sale

Mary Poppins is coming to Vancouver and the pre-sale starts today at 10:00am! The code is NANNY!

You can purchase through

All tickets go on sale at TICKETMASTER in Vancouver

MONDAY, May 14, 2012


Performances Begin July 17 for One Week Only

 at Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Vancouver, BC – Broadway Across Canada and producers Thomas Schumacher of Disney Theatrical Productions and Cameron Mackintosh announced today that tickets for the long-awaited production of MARY POPPINS will go on sale to the public on Monday, May 14 at 10 a.m.  Vancouver’s most eagerly awaited stage production will begin performances at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Tuesday, July 17 for a limited engagement of one week through Sunday, July 22.  The opening night is Tuesday, July 17 at 7:30pm.

With four productions currently running on three continents, MARY POPPINS is one of the biggest stage musical successes to emerge from London or New York in recent years.  Worldwide to date, the show has grossed over $644 million and welcomed 9.3 million guests. The musical is the winner of 44 major theatre awards around the globe, including Tony®, Olivier, Helpmann and Evening Standard awards.

The entire original creative team has reunited to bring this magical story of the world’s most famous nanny to audiences around North America.  The MARY POPPINS North American Tour began performances on March 25, 2009 and has played to two million delighted theatergoers in 34 cities to date.

MARY POPPINS, a co-production of Disney and Cameron Mackintosh, opened on Broadway on November 16, 2006.  Based on P.L. Travers’ cherished stories and the classic 1964 Walt Disney film, MARY POPPINS the stage play features the Academy Award®-winning music and lyrics of Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman.  The stage production has been created, in collaboration with Cameron Mackintosh, by Academy Award®-winning screenwriter Julian Fellowes, who has written the book, and the Olivier Award-winning team of George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, who have composed new songs and additional music and lyrics.

Olivier Award-winning director Richard Eyre leads the award-winning creative team, with co-direction and choreography by Tony® and Olivier Award winner Matthew Bourne.  MARY POPPINS features set and costume design by TonyÒ Award winner Bob Crowley, co-choreography by Olivier Award winner Stephen Mear, lighting design by Howard Harrison, orchestrations by William David Brohn, and music supervision by David Caddick.  The tour’s creative team includes Tour Director Anthony Lyn, Associate Choreographer Geoffrey Garrett, and Music Director Daniel Bowling.



MARY POPPINS received its worldwide premiere at the Prince Edward Theatre in the West End in December 2004.  Following its successful three-year London run, the production launched an acclaimed U.K. tour.

The Broadway production of MARY POPPINS officially opened at the New Amsterdam Theatre on November 16, 2006, recouping its initial Broadway investment within 52 weeks of its premiere.  MARY POPPINS is the only show from the 2006-2007 theatrical season still in performance.

The MARY POPPINS North American tour has garnered continuous critical praise and achieved box office success since its launch in Chicago in March 2009.

MARY POPPINS can also be seen in Sydney, Australia (at the Capitol Theatre).  Productions of MARY POPPINS have also been mounted in Finland, Denmark and the Czech Republic.

In Vancouver, Mary Poppins plays Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 7:30 pm; Thursday and Saturday matinee at 2:00 pm; and Sunday matinee at 1:00pm. Tickets for Mary Poppins vary in range depending on performance, seat location, and date of purchase and start at $25.00.   Special Premium Ticket Packages are available at select performances, and include premium seating and a complimentary souvenir program.

Performances run from July 17 – 23, 2012 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Tickets go on-sale 10 am, Monday, May 14 through all Ticketmaster outlets, online at or call toll-free 1.855.985.5000. Group orders for 10 or more may be placed by calling 1.800.889.8457.

Mary Poppins in Vancouver, presented by Broadway Across Canada, is part of a three city tour in Canada including dates in Edmonton July 24-29, 2012 and Calgary July 31 – August 5, 2012.

For more information, please visit