THE SUPERCALIFRAGILISTIC INTERNATIONAL HIT IS COMING TO DUNEDIN!
Get ready Dunedin as Mary is set to fly in to the Regent Theatre from 18 May 2017 for four magical shows only!
Be enthralled, captivated and enchanted with this brand new production of Disney & Cameron Mackintosh’s global sensation - Mary Poppins!
Spanning generations this production is sure to sell-out as we bring the irresistible story, breath-taking dance numbers and spellbinding magic of Mary Poppins to life. Add to that all the songs we’ve come to love including Practically Perfect, Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, A Spoonful of Sugar, Feed the Birds, Jolly Holiday, Step in Time and many more and the stage is set for a truly uplifting experience for the whole family!
Join Mary Poppins, Jane, Michael, Mr and Mrs Banks and the many other beloved and colourful characters as the Regent Theatre is transformed into ‘Cherry Tree Lane’ in what is being hailed as the must see theatrical event of 2017.
Produced and directed by the same team that bought us the sell-out seasons of Mamma Mia, Les Miserables and Grease: The Arena Spectacular LIVE! – you do not want to miss the magical sensation that is MARY POPPINS!
MARY POPPINS - A JOYFUL, TOTALLY FEEL-GOOD, FAMILY FRIENDLY NIGHT OUT – DON’T MISS IT!
Mary Poppins premiered in the West End in 2004 and ran for three years. It opened on Broadway in 2006 and closed after 2619 performances in March 2013. The Auckland season of the Australian cast ran for 2 and ½ months in 2012 at the Civic Theatre in Auckland and broke numerous New Zealand box office records for a musical. Mary Poppins delighted Broadway audiences for over 2,500 performances and received nominations for nine Olivier and seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
MARY POPPINS – ACT 1
Bert, a man of many trades, informs us that something big is about to happen to the Banks family. At No. 17 Cherry Tree Lane, Jane and Michael Banks are constantly misbehaving, and Katie Nanna – the latest in a long line of nannies – has had enough (Cherry Tree Lane). She leaves, and George Banks asks his wife, Winifred, to place an advertisement in the newspaper for a new nanny, but the children decide to write their own ad (The Perfect Nanny). Mary Poppins arrives, and she meets the children’s requirements exactly (Practically Perfect).
Mary Poppins takes the children to the park, where they meet Bert, who is creating his latest works of art. Bored with the park and wary of Bert’s scrappy appearance, the children try to escape, but Mary urges them to see the magic in everyday life. Then, the park bursts into brilliant colors and the statues come to life to dance with them (Jolly Holiday).
As Mary Poppins begins to win over the children, George informs Winifred that they must maintain order and convention. Winifred feels that she is disappointing both her husband and her children, and she struggles to understand her role within the family – and within in the world (Let’s Hope She Will Stay). The household prepares for Winifred’s party (A Spoonful of Sugar), but even with Mary Poppins’ magic, the event is a disaster, as no one shows up. Winifred is left feeling more lost than ever.
Mary Poppins takes Jane and Michael on a trip to visit their father at his workplace, the bank (Precision and Order). There, George has a choice: to give a loan to Herr Von Hussler, a businessman with a dubious money-making scheme, or to John Northbrook, who presents a solid plan for a factory that would help many but offers little collateral. An innocent question from Jane prompts George to remember the ideals and values he once held (A Man Has Dreams). He decides to take a chance on Mr. Northbrook and gives him the loan.
On the way home from the bank, the children and Mary Poppins run into the Bird Woman, who is feeding the birds in front of St. Paul’s Cathedral. Jane is still worried about outward appearances and shuns her, but Michael offers to give the Bird Woman money (Feed the Birds).
Mary Poppins, Jane, Michael, and Bertmeet Mrs. Corry, the mysterious owner of the unusual “talking shop,” where people purchase words along with gingerbread. The children are surprised to hear that when their father was a boy, he came to this shop to enjoy its magic and spirit of invention (Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious).
Things begin to go very wrong for George. Von Hussler has gone to another bank for his loan and is making millions, and George is blamed for passing on the deal and is suspended without pay. In his stress, George yells at the children. In turn, an angry Jane and Michael fight over their toys, which magically come to life to teach them a lesson (Playing the Game). Recognizing that the children are not yet ready for the lessons she has to teach them, Mary says goodbye to Bert (Chim Chim Cher-ee), leaving a note saying au revoir, or “till we meet again.”
MARY POPPINS – ACT 2
The fall has turned to winter. The house is bustling again, because a nanny is returning to No. 17 Cherry Tree Lane. However, it’s not the much-missed Mary Poppins, but Miss Andrew, who raised George. Miss Andrew is a harsh woman who believes that children should be punished on a regular basis with a horrible- tasting medicine (Brimstone and Treacle). In a panic, the children escape the house and run to the park where they meet Bert, who explains that the cure for every ill can be found at the end of a kite string (Let’s Go Fly a Kite). Their kite flies up into the London sky and when it comes back down, Mary Poppins is with it. Georgehas also been hiding from Miss Andrew (Good for Nothing). With her entire family missing, Winifred worries that she’s to blame but resolves to assert herself and fight harder for the people she loves (Being Mrs. Banks).
Mary returns home with the children and defeats Miss Andrew in an epic battle of wits and will. George returns, relieved to find that Miss Andrew has left, but still anxious about supporting his family. Winifred reminds him he can count on her and the children to stick by him.
Whisked up to the rooftops, Mary Poppins, Jane, and Michael meet Bert and his fellow chimney sweeps (Step in Time). The sweeps dance across the rooftops of London and into the Banks’ house, wishing good luck to George and shaking his hand as they go.
The Bank Chairman asks to see George immediately. George fears the worst, but Bert reminds him that his family is more important than his ambitions (A Man Has Dreams – Reprise/A Spoonful of Sugar – Reprise). George leaves for the bank. Winifred wishes she could go with him. Mary Poppins and the children encourage her to do what she believes is right (Anything Can Happen).
In front of the bank’s board of directors, George launches into a defense of his actions before they can tell him that he was right all along: Von Hussler’s scheme has fallen through and the competing bank that approved his loan has been ruined. Northbrook’s business, on the other hand, is thriving and earning a healthy profit. Winifred shows up, ready to defend her husband, but when she finds the board is promoting him, she negotiates his raise for him. George announces that from now on his family comes first. As George and Winifred walk along the streets of London, Mary Poppins takes Jane and Michael on one more magical adventure – this time through the heavens.
Her job done, Mary Poppins says her goodbyes and flies off to her next task. Although the Banks family is sad to see her go, they are glad that they have finally found one another.
A Musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers
and the Walt Disney Film
New Songs and Additional Music and Lyrics by
George Stiles and Anthony Drewe
Licensed exclusively by Music Theatre International (Australasia).
All performance materials supplied by Hal Leonard Australia.