Fortunately, "Perfect Nanny" Mary's supernatural gifts for making everything right in the end come wrapped up in timeless life lessons that can't help but strike a chord with young theatergoers, who automatically reach for their cell phones during intermission yet gaze in breathless wonder at the end as Mary flies over the heads and the theater transforms into a phantasmagorical wonderland of eye-popping Disney stage wizardry.
Mary Poppins: The Broadway Countdown
Once a Broadway show has proven its longevity-and in the case of Mary Poppins, this is absolutely a done deal-creative number crunchers delight in turning their attention to trivia of the mathematical kind. So before, or after, you treat your family to a performance, you might want to let fly some of these "Practically Perfect" figures around the dinner table.
40,000 - # of pounds that the Banks' house weighs
800 - # of hand-sewn crystal stars on each Starlighter costume
350+ - # of different lighting cues
250 - # of props used in the show
100 - # of feet Mary flies "up and out" through the New Amsterdam Theatre
77 - # of years since novelist P.L. Travers created Mary Poppins
52 - # of wigs worn every performance
42 - # of actors in the Broadway cast (with three girls and three boys
alternating as Jane and Michael Banks)
35 - # of women's hats worn at least once throughout the show
30 - # of feet Bert "walks" up and around the stage and proscenium arch
24 - # of chimney sweep brooms used for the tap number, Step in Time
4 - # of times Mary walks up the stairs to the nursery
1 - # of times Mary magically rides up the banister to the nursery
Mary Poppins features original music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman; new songs and additional music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe; and book by Julian Fellowes. Running time: 2 hours, 40 minutes.
New Amsterdam Theatre, 214 West 42nd Street (between 7th and 8th Avenues).
For tickets, pricing, production information, preview video, and cool interactive games, visit DisneyOnBroadway.com. To reserve tickets: 866-870-2717.