MARY POPPINS arrived at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Melbourne and opening night was abuzz with excitement for the musical adaptation. The beloved character Mary Poppins created by author PL Travers has captivated audiences since the book’s publication in 1934. Now after decades, the wait is over! 

The production is a collaboration between Cameron Mackintosh and Disney and the talents of the all-Australian cast, led by Stefanie Jones as Mary Poppins and Jack Chambers as Bert. Musical theatre icon Marina Prior is returning to Cherry Tree Lane in the dual roles of Bird Woman and Miss Andrew.

Stefanie Jones stepped onto the stage as Mary Poppins, and the crowd erupted in applause. It was as if she had stepped straight out of the movie and onto the stage. Her poise and grace were undeniable, and her vocals were nothing short of perfection. She commanded the stage with her presence and left the audience spellbound.

The show itself was a spectacular display of artistry, with a talented cast and crew that brought the beloved production to life. The musical numbers were toe-tapping with Jack Chambers’ tap-dancing choreography a particular highlight of the show, with his energetic and creative moves thrilling the audience. His scene of dancing on the ceiling was a particular highlight, with the audience cheering as he tapped his way across the rooftop.

Opening Night was nothing short of a huge success and Stefanie Jones was the star of the night. Her performance was simply outstanding, and it was clear that she was the perfect choice to play the iconic role of Mary Poppins. She had the audience in the palm of her hand and truly brought the character to life.

The audience was also treated to some of the classic songs from the original Mary Poppins film, including ‘Let’s Go Fly a Kite’, A Spoonful of Sugar’ and my personal favourite, ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’.

The production was a wonderful experience for everyone who attended, and I would go as far as to say the most enjoyable musical production that I’ve ever seen performed in Melbourne.

Mary Poppins is sure to be a hit with audiences in Melbourne and is sure to be a success across the country and is suitable for audiences of all ages.

The audience was captivated by the magical world of Mary Poppins, and the show was met with a standing ovation.

Written by Melinda Sullivan

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