Sunday, November 25, 2018

MARY POPPINS, the Broadway Musical
   L-R: Carolyn Lohr and Kalond Irlanda

Disney’s and Cameron Macintosh’s “MARY POPPINS” is a slam dunk, smash hit at Vintage Theatre! To paraphrase the beloved nanny herself, “It’s a practically perfect production.”
     Director Clay White has cast the show to perfection and keeps the proceedings rolling at an admirable clip.
     Carolyn Lohr is not just practically perfect, though. She is breathtaking perfection in the title role. Whether unleashing her gorgeous soprano or just keeping the children in line, this actor is luminous throughout.
     Kalond Irlanda is outstanding as Bert. This actor delivered the goods with a smile-inducing style and charisma on opening night. (You may remember Mr. Irlanda from his superb portrayal of Jack in Sondheim’s “INTO THE WOODS” at Candlelight Dinner Playhouse.)
     Geoffrey Boden (Michael Banks) and Hannah Allen (Jane Banks) are two young actors one hopes will prioritize their acting and singing gifts. They both appear to have been born for the stage. 
     Michael O’Shea is most memorable as George Banks, their neglectful father. (Marlowe Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of Horace Vandergelder in Performance Now’s ‘HELLO DOLLY.”)
     Kerri Emswiller is a brilliant Winnifred Banks. Her singing of “Being Mrs. Banks” is one of the musical highlights of the evening.
     Sonsharae Tull shines as Mrs. Corry.
      Adrianne Hampton’s choreography is amazingly inventive and truly exhilarating!
      Brooks Larsen’s musical direction, Kurt Behm’s sound design and the excellent musical tracks created by Eric Weinstein, make the Sherman Brothers’ score (with additional music by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe), thrilling to the ear.
     Kortney Hanson’s special effects pepper the evening with magic.
     Kevin Taylor’s lighting and Cheryl Faulkner’s costumes are married in such a way that they deliver spectacular technicolor visuals.
     Ryan Walkoviak’s scenic design doesn’t just give us the exterior of Cherry Tree Lane. It also folds back to reveal the interior of the Banks’ home, complete with stair case. Not to mention other locations, such as the rooftops of London!
     In a word this production is supercali, supercali, oh, you get it!
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Vintage Theatre presents
Disney’s and Cameron Mackintosh’s 
 “Mary Poppins”
The most popular Disney movie of all time captures our heart in a whole new way. 
Nov. 23 – Jan. 6
Fri/Sat and Mon. Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m.; Sun. at 2:30 p.m.
$19 - $38
Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora 80010.

1 comment:

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