Thursday, September 15, 2011

Out of the Park: Mary Poppins on Broadway

Between my College Program and Professional Internship, I lived in Central Florida for approximately a year. As much as I love Walt Disney World, you do have to venture outside the magical gates every once in a while, and I just couldn't get used to living in Central Florida full time. Part of the reason why I couldn't see myself living in Orlando is because I'm incredibly spoiled. I grew up in the greatest city in the world (let's hear it for New York) and nothing ever compares.

There are some opportunities in New York, however, that serve up some Disney magic 1,100 miles away from theme parks.

Last night, my husband and I went to see Mary Poppins on Broadway. We got a terrific offer for Wednesday night tickets with our Disney Chase Visa credit card and we jumped on it. Mary Poppins is one of my favorite Disney movies and I've seen the play twice before but had been itching to see it again. Tom never saw the show, but the movie is one of his favorites as well.

View of the New Amsterdam Theater - 42nd Street

After pushing through the hustle and bustle of Times Square, we arrived at the New Amsterdam Theater. Built in 1903, the New Amsterdam Theater has the classic elegance and unique charm of most Broadway theaters. After years of sitting dormant and falling apart, Disney purchased this particular theater in 1993, renovated the whole building while preserving the elegance and brought it up to code for the opening of The Lion King. After many years of success, The Lion King then moved to a smaller theater and made way for the current production of Mary Poppins.

The beautifully restored New Amsterdam Theater

The smallest details made me so happy. First of all, all of the Cast Members (and by Cast Members, I mean employees of the theater, not actors in the show) greeted us as we walked in. They were all wearing WDW-style name tags, which always reminds me what my Mom told me when I was little, "If you get lost, go find someone with Mickey on their name tag." The most exciting moment of the night was when I spent an obscene amount of money on Mary Poppins's umbrella for my husband. After giving the Cast Member my Disney Chase Visa, the Cast Member asked me for my "autograph" instead of my signature. Like I said folks, the smallest details made my day!

Mary's umbrella. My husband was thrilled when thunderstorms were in the forecast for today! (
As for the play itself, it was magical as always. Tom was disappointed with the omission of the song "I Love to Laugh" but otherwise, he loved it. As usual, I cried through "Let's Go Fly a Kite" and "Feed the Birds" and sobbed through "Anything Can Happen if You Let It." And at the end, the wind changed and a very magical Mary flew right over our heads. (I would most definitely recommend right balcony seats if you want a good view of this)

While the play is not sufficient to quench my WDW thirst, it was a wonderful experience. I would certainly recommend the play to any visitor or resident of New York City. It makes your heart melt, and that's certainly nice every once in a while!


Anonymous said...

Great post Roe. One of my favorite Disney plays as well. I have the itch to see it again. This time I will get the balcony. Love all the extras you added to the blog, especially the YouTube.

Rosanne said...

Thanks! Who is this exactly? Your name showed up a little strange...

Rosanne said...

It has been confirmed, the first commenter is Mom!

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