Mary Poppins, the movie, was released in 1964 starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. That year, the movie took home Oscars for best score and best song (“Chim Chim Cher-ee”) and Julie Andrews was awarded the Oscar for Best Actress. In 2004, the musical version opened in London’s West End. In 2006, the show debuted on Broadway and on April 7, 2017 at Mercury Theatre in Chicago. And now, in January of 2023, it opens at Players by the Sea in Jacksonville Beach.
The show stopping songs are the highlight of the show. “Spoonful of Sugar”, “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”, and “Feed the Birds” top the list. Not to mention, it’s pretty great when Poppins pulls out a really tall coat rack out of her bag.
Joanna Berry is fantastic as Mary Poppins. This talented fully captures the character with her big smiles and endless charm. She has just returned to Jacksonville after performing for Disney and Universal. Neal Baker is excellent as Bert. His dancing and singing of “Chim Chim Cher-ee” is a major highlight of the show. Kathryn Allison is fantastic as Miss Andrew, the very strict nanny. She relishes in her devilish nature. Kathryn’s talent brings so much to this small role which makes for a very memorable performance.
See the program here.
Cost of a ticket: $35
PlaylistHQ Economic Rating: Exceptional Value –
Rating Scale: Exceptional Value > Worth It > Half Price > Go for Free > Don’t Bother
Get tickets now for Mary Poppins through February 5th!