Mary Poppins | Stage 773 | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
This is a past event.
When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through April 10 2016
Price: $37.50, seniors $32.50, children under ten $25
In the stage version of Disney’s 1964 movie musical (itself based on the stories of P.L. Travers), the titular nanny retains some of her no-nonsense approach to magic making. But instead of contrasting her particular brand of whimsy with heartless order (as in the film), book writer Julian Fellowes turns his attention to Poppins’s employers, the Banks family, and their conventional arc from estrangement to hugs. The very un-Disneyfied budget David E. Walters had to work with in his small-scale staging for NightBlue Performing Arts Company prevents dazzling special effects—though Kevin Bellie’s spirited choreography supplies some oomph, especially during the biggest production numbers. The main trouble with this slimmed-down take is there’s nothing to distract you from how empty and saccharine the show is. —Zac Thompson



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