Practically Perfect Poppins, March 20 – 25

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marypoppinsTPAC’s Broadway Series presents:
Mary Poppins (Ages 6 and older)
TPAC’s Jackson Hall
505 Deaderick St., Nashville
782-4040 • tpac.org
Show times: Tue – Thu 7:30 p.m., Fri 8 p.m., Sat 2 and 8 p.m., Sun 1 and 6:30 p.m.
Tickets: $30.50 – $72.50

A truly magical musical is at TPAC this week with the touring production of Mary Poppins.  Based on the series of children’s books by P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney film, this Disney and Cameron Mackintosh production is stellar start to finish and a perfect family show.

Mary Poppins is a visual masterpiece thanks to Bob Crowley’s scenic and costume design, enhanced by the lighting design of Natasha Katz. The set itself seamlessly changes from one scene to the next as enchanting as Poppins herself.

Rachel Wallace gives a divine performance as Mary Poppins. Her delivery proves why her character is immediately endearing to the children in her care. Wallace’s dynamic vocals infuse each musical number with much vigor, from her introductory song, “Practically Perfect,” to the end of the show.

The entire cast does a superb job through and through, including Michael Dean Morgan (banker father George Banks), Elizabeth Broadhurst (suffragette mother Winifred Banks), Tregoney Shepherd (Mrs. Brill) and Q. Smith (Miss Andrews). Particular praise goes to the young actors playing the Banks two “impossible” children — Cherish Myers (Jane Banks) and Zachary Mackiewicz (Michael Banks). They both possess amazing voices and are a joy to experience on stage.

Most of the classic songs find new life and energy on stage, including “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” “Jolly Holiday,” “A Spoonful of Sugar” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.” The stage version incorporates new numbers that add more to the story. Among them are the aforementioned “Practically Perfect,” “Cherry Tree Lane,” “Being Mrs. Banks” and “Anything Can Happen.”

The colorful set will surely dazzle children in the audience, and they will be enthralled with other wondrous elements of the show as well, whether it’s dancing statues in the park, Bert (Case Dillard) tapping his way around the proscenium arch or the magic of Mary Poppins herself flying through the air with her umbrella, sliding up banisters and bewitching stuffed toys to life.

Tickets are limited for this fantastic family show, so get ’em fast before Mary Poppins flies out of town.

Chad Young is the managing editor and arts/entertainment editor for this publication.

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