I want to go see Mary Poppins, I am not sure how else to start this review. I have had the CD on repeat for the last couple of hours and the songs are making themselves at home in my head; and I think they plan to stay for a while.
This whole CD is reminiscent of the childhood love of Mary Poppins the movie (which I now want to go out and buy and I want my kids to grow to love.) The score is not exactly that of the classic Disney movie and there are some brand new songs but the feel is definitely classic Mary Poppins.
Mary Poppins, The Supercalifragilistic Musical is presented in Australia by Disney and Cameron Mackintosh. Currently enjoying a stage run in at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Melbourne until 1 April 2011 it then heads to Sydney for a strictly limited season at the Capitol Theatre in Sydney.
But back to the CD, it was felt on opening night in 2010 that the show was something special. It was decided at the time that it would be a great idea to harness the magic and channel it into a CD as a permanent reminder of how the show grew and evolved since it’s first run (and cast recording) in London in 2005. They certainly succeeded.
The Original Australian Cast Recording came from recordings of the show over five nights in it’s second week with Melbourne audiences supplying enthusiastic applause. The sound is vibrant and upbeat and really captures the emotion they perform with live. 15 hours of master recordings went to London to have the absolute cream of the performances mixed and edited to create this CD.
Anyone fortunate enough to see this show live will be able to walk away with an original recording as a keepsake that will enable them to pull out the memories and literally replay them.
1. Prologue/Chim Chim Cher-ee
2. Cherry Tree Lane (Part 1)
3. The Perfect Nanny
4. Cherry Tree Lane (Part 2)
5. Practically Perfect
6. Jolly Holiday
7. Let’s Hope She Will Stay (Cherry Tree Lane (Reprise)/Being Mrs. Banks/Jolly Holiday (Reprise))
8. A Spoonful of Sugar
9. Precision and Order
10. Feed The Birds
12. Playing the Game
13. Chim Chim Cher-ee (Reprise) (Chim Chim Cher-ee (Rooftop Duet))
14. Ent’racte: Run Away
15. Brimstone and Treacle (Part 1)
16. Let’s Go Fly A Kite
17. Good For Nothing
18. Being Mrs Banks (Reprise)
19. Brimstone and Treacle (Part 2)
20. Step in Time
21. A Man Has Dreams/A Spoonful of Sugar (Reprise)
22. Anything Can Happen
23. The Task Is Done (A Spoonful of Sugar (Reprise))
24. A Shooting Star
25. Bows/Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (Reprise)