Mary Poppins: The Musical

There are moments in a parent’s life that he or she looks forward to sharing with the children.  For me, watching Mary Poppins together while curled up on the couch with a blanket and some popcorn was one of them.  My daughter fell in love with Mary Poppins when we watched it together.  She has memorized every song and we watch the movie often.  I have wanted to see the Broadway production of Mary Poppins since Ashley Brown, a former student at the school in which I used to teach English, was in the starring role.  Unfortunately, the show never came close enough to my city.

Since moving to Denver, I have been blown away by the theater offerings.  When I saw that Mary Poppins was coming to the Buell Theater, I immediately bought tickets for my daughter and I.  Our two tickets were $68 with fees and taxes.  I purchased seats in the lowest price point and we were in the very last row of the Orchestra section.  Thank you to the Buell Theater for upgrading our seats.

Mary Poppins, the musical, was a lovely adaptation.  I was worried that my six year old would not be as interested in the musical adaptation as she was in the movie.  Boy, was I wrong.  We both sat mesmerized through the entire two and a half hours.  When Mary Poppins flew in for the first time, Little S giggled with glee and checked to see if I was having as much fun as she was.

You will recognize many of your favorite Mary Poppins songs.  At the same time, you will hear a few new tunes that weren’t in the movie.  Those songs are just as catchy as the ones that we know and love.

When A Spoonful of Sugar started playing, Little S sang along softly.  As I leaned over to tell her to sing in her head, I realized that everybody around us was mouthing the words, too.  There is just something about Mary Poppins.

The costumes were amazing and the set designs were beautiful.  My daughter and I both believe, hands down, that the best scene of the night was Step In Time with Mary Poppins, Bert, Jane, Michael and the Sweeps.  As they tap danced around the stage, we felt like we were out on the rooftops with them.  Another favorite scene was Jolly Holiday.  Though we loved all the characters, we felt like Bert stole the show.

The Buell Theater was a great venue.  I loved the little touches to welcome children to enjoy the arts.  They offered booster seats for children and, while they aren’t the comfiest, they worked well for my daughter.  Because we were there on a kid’s night, there were all sorts of activities and meet and greets.  Two days before our show, we received a reminder email with links to a great Study Guide.  The Study Guide is also available on the website.

We chose to arrive early to avoid the rush hour traffic in Downtown Denver so parking was not an issue.  We parked in the Arts Complex Garage located directly across from the Buell.  Special event pricing was ten dollars but it was worth not having to walk out in the snow at 10pm after the show.  Because we arrived early, we didn’t have a problem finding a parking space.  After parking, we walked two blocks to Sam’s Diner for a quick dinner before the show.  The Buell is surrounded by great restaurants so you can plan a whole evening out or grab dessert and a drink after your show.

If you are in the Denver area, buy tickets to see Mary Poppins at the Buell Theater while it is here.  Performance times are as follows:  May 1 to May 5, 2013; Wed-Sat 7:30pm, Saturday 2pm; May 2 at 2pm; May 5 at 1pm and 6:30.  

If you aren’t in Denver, find out when the show will be near you.  It is worth the money.  The people sitting behind us were watching the show for the seventh time.  It really is that good.