Mary Poppins kicks butt

The Arts Club's Mary Poppins is solid holiday entertainment.

Kayla James offers a flintier Mary Poppins than Sara Jeanne Hosie gave us. Both approaches work.

Mary Poppins is back and she’s kicking butt.

The Arts Club first mounted the musical in 2013 and they’ve been reviving it as holiday entertainment intermittently since then. This latest iteration is as strong as the first.

The stage musical is significantly different from the 1964 movie, although the basic story, which is set in Victorian London, remains the same. Mary, a magical nanny, flies in on the wind to help stabilize the financially prosperous but emotionally struggling Banks family—essentially by opening the heart of George Banks, the father, to the needs and love of his young children, Jane and Michael. [Read more…]