Mary Poppins Flies Off Broadway and onto the Orpheum Stage

We all know the mystical, magical, umbrella-flying, bottomless-bag toting English nanny, Mary Poppins. But seeing her live in the Orpheum Theater will be a whole new experience for kids all ages—just not the supercalifragilisticexpialidocious film you’re familiar with.

Why? If you’re looking for a rehash of the Disney classic, check out Netflix. This Broadway production is more faithful to the original P.L. Travers story from the 1930’s, which means you won’t be seeing any penguins tap-dancing across the stage.

Jeremy Daniel

Six Reasons To Go:

1. With seven productions on three major continents (sorry Antarctica), Mary Poppins is one of the biggest Broadway productions to come out of New York.

2. Are you a Downton Abbey enthusiast? The show’s creator, executive producer, and Academy Award-winning screenwriter, Julian Fellowes, wrote the Mary Poppins script.

3. You can sign along to the big hits like “Chim Chim Cher-ee” and “Let’s Go Fly a Kite.”

4. Think less Disney animations and more Nanny 911.

5. When else can you see a play produced by a knight? Queen Elizabeth II knighted Sir Cameron Anthony Mackintosh in 1996 for his service in musical theater. (He also produced Cats, The Phantom of the Opera, and Les Misérables.)

6. The production has received seven Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical. It won for Best Scenic Design in 2007.

Just a heads up: the show runs 2 hours and 45 minutes, so make sure Junior can handle sitting that long—or maybe just bring a spoonful of sugar.

Mary Poppins
Tuesday, April 23- Sunday, April 28, 2013
Orpheum Theater, 910 Hennepin Ave., Mpls.