Mary Poppins Musical Comedy

by John on November 3, 2010

Image of Mary Poppins Musical Logo.

Mary Poppins Musical now playing at Her Majesty's Theatre Melbourne and Opening at the Capital Theatre Sydney in April 2011

Right now Melbourne is the place to be if you are a musical aficionado. With Mary Poppins showing at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Exhibition St and Hairspray at the Princess Theatre in Spring St, a weekend in Melbourne is a double delight.

Mary Poppins is simply breathtaking. From beginning to end you will be spellbound by the acting, singing, choreography and special effects. Produced by Disney and Cameron Mackintosh, starring Verity Hunt-Ballard as Mary Poppins, the cast includes Matt Lee as Bert the chimney sweep, Philip Quast as Mr George Banks, Marina Prior as Mrs Winifred Banks, Sally Anne Upton as Mrs Brill.

Mary Poppins is based on the books by P.L.Travers, who is an Australian, and the 1964 movie which starred Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. Something I found talking to other eager patrons waiting for the show to begin, was that the majority didn’t know that it was written by an Australian and also that Julie Andrews won an Oscar playing Mary Poppins in the movie. Ahhh trivia, isn’t it wonderful.

Verity Hunt-Ballard as Mary, pulled it off spectacularly, and you could really become so wrapped up in the show you may be forgiven if you thought Mary was actually Julie Andrews on the night. That’s how good Verity Hunt-Ballard performed.

Image of Bert the Chimney Sweep

Bert the Chimney Sweep played by Matt Lee in stage musical Mary Poppins.

“So You Think You Can Dance” judge Matt Lee was simply amazing as Bert the Chimney Sweep and his dancing ability really showed through when one scene had him tapping up one wall, upside down across the roof and straight down the opposite wall. This was almost the highlight of the show, but not quite. I’ll get to that one soon.

You could sing along to those timeless songs such as Chim Chim Cheree, A Spoonful of Sugar and of course Supercalifragalisticexpialidocious. Special effects were stunning and some of the magical stunts would make a professional magician proud. How does Mary get so many items out of a travelling bag?

The entire production kept you immersed in the story until finally Mary’s job was done, and not wanting to spoil your experience, the finale is something you will just have to see yourself. This is truly the highlight of the show which leaves you completely gobsmacked.

If I had to rate Mary Poppins it would be 5 plus from 5 and certainly a show that I will see again. Sydney siders may have been upstaged with Melbourne hosting the show first, but Sydney theatre fans will get their chance to enjoy Mary Poppins next April when it opens at the Capitol Theatre.

Mary Poppins Musical is a show you must experience, because it is just that, an absolute adventure into the magical world of 19th century England. What an experience and what a show!


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Tanya November 3, 2010 at 10:27 am

I agree, Marry Poppins was definitely an all time favourite theatre show for me as well. I saw Hairspray in the same week, but still think this one was better :)

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