Mary Poppins was my favourite film as a child without a doubt. From Julie Andrews’s pitch perfect voice to the mixture of animation and real life actors to the wonderful score and storyline, it was a film never far from our video player (I grew up in an era of VHS).
So when I heard that Mary Poppins was coming to the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff, I snapped up tickets as quickly as I could.
We saw it last night and from the moment the curtain lifted, the show was a delight. Colourful sets, distinctive choreography and Zizi Strallen’s perfect Poppins – as well as that brilliant score – created a fun family show.
Strallen’s vocals were spot on and she was supported by a talented cast. Highlights for me included the chimney sweepers’ fancy footwork in Step in Time and the Jolly Holiday imagination scene, which transformed the stage into bright bursts of colour.
Although it featured the most well-loved narrative of the film, it also had its own identity with new characters and songs. I particularly liked the increased focus on Mrs Banks. The Votes for Women sash was gone and replaced with a more in depth look at the pressures she felt, including a strong addition to the score, Being Mr Banks.
It was a joyous show made all the more joyful for having many children in the audience. The young girl sitting behind me was singing along word for word at times clearly transfixed by the performance.
There are some further bits that add to the magic and wonder but I’d rather not spoil it for those of you who aren’t in the know. But let’s just say it’s as magical onstage as it is on screen. Bravo!
Have you seen Mary Poppins on stage? I’d love to hear what you thought of it.
Mary Poppins is at the Wales Millennium Centre until Saturday 14 January 2017.