Chicago (ONN) The legendary musical Mary Poppins is currently running at Chicago’s north side theater Stage 773. Who could forget Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke in their starring roles in the famed Disney movie that made Mary Poppins so unforgettable. Now, and playing through March 27th, Stage 773 and the NightBlue Performing Arts Company have brought the musical to Chicago. On Broadway, the show earned seven TONY nominations including Best Musical.
As detailed on the Stage 773 show announcement, ‘Mary Poppins is the story of the Banks family who live in a big house in London on Cherry Lane. Things are not going well for the family, the children, Jane and Michael, are out of control and are in need of a new nanny. Jane and Michael have their own ideas about what sort of caretaker they should have, while their parents – and in particular Mr. Banks – are insistent on someone strict for the job. When a mysterious young woman named Mary Poppins appears at their doorstep, the family finds that she’s the answer to their prayers, but in the most peculiar way.’
Director David E. Walters says, “Many folks think of the magic and magnificence of Mary Poppins on the big stage. At NightBlue, we are excited to tell you an intimate story of a family that discovers what is most important in life with the aid of a determined nanny. Oh, and don’t worry, we’ll sprinkle plenty of fairy dust over this tale. Appropriate for any age, our Mary Poppins will help families want to make time for dinner together.”
Joining director David E. Walters is critically acclaimed music director Austin Cook and five-time Jeff Award-winning choreographer Kevin Bellie. The title role of Mary Poppins is played by Kyrie Anderson and the lovable chimney sweep Bert is played by Ryan Dooley.