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Musical (2004)

Musique: George Stiles • Richard M Sherman • Robert B Sherman
Paroles: Anthony Drewe • Richard M Sherman • Robert B Sherman
Livret: Julian Fellowes

Type de série: Original
Théâtre: Prince Edward Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)

Durée : 3 ans 4 semaines
Nombre : 1283 représentations
Première Preview : lundi 06 décembre 2004
Première : mercredi 15 décembre 2004
Dernière : samedi 12 janvier 2008
Mise en scène : Richard Eyre
Chorégraphie : Matthew Bourne
Avec : Laura Michelle Kelly (Mary Poppins), Gavin Lee (Bert), David Haig (George Banks), Linzi Hateley (Winifred Banks), Rosemary Ashe (Miss Andrew), Julia Sutton (Bird Woman), Kevin Williams (Park Keeper)
Commentaires : The musical had been re-worked to incorporate more of the original P.L.Travers’ stories than had appeared in the film, and to remove some of the cartoon effects. The children were ruder and more snobbish, Mrs Banks no longer quite so dizzy, Mr Banks more workaholic, and Mary Poppins herself far more eccentric and formidable than Julie Andrews. It played two months of try-outs at the Bristol Hippodrome before moving into the West End. All in all this was more “real” and less “cockneyfied” than the film. It was also a technically awe-inspiring show with its special effects, including Bert tap-dancing up one side of the proscenium arch and then continuing upside-down until descending on the other side, and, of course, Mary Poppins flying over the heads of the audience at the finale.
Presse : NICHOLAS DE JONGH for THE EVENING STANDARD says, "I never thought in my wildest theatrical fantasies that Walt Disney's syrup mountain of a film...could be worked up into such a sharp, thoughtful stage musical."
THE INDEPENDENT says, "With its magic and chutzpah, it simply blows away the opposition from rival West End musicals, emerging as the year's most joyous, spectacular and heart-tugging show in that genre."
MICHAEL BILLINGTON for THE GUARDIAN says, "For much of the evening it is characterised by a mechanical professional efficiency rather than the quality of ecstasy we all look for in musicals."
BENEDICT NIGHTINGALE for THE TIMES says, "Marvellously fresh adaptation.... Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious — or so I’d say."
SHERIDAN MORLEY for THE DAILY EXPRESS says, "What Mackintosh and his director, Richard Eyre, have done is to restore the human dimension."
QUENTIN LETTS for THE DAILY MAIL says, "This stage version has much much more punch than the adored old film version."
CHARLES SPENCER for THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "The stage version of Mary Poppins is heaps better than the movie - funnier, sharper, more inventive and with a far greater variety of mood"