The Westchester News Review of Mary PoppinsPublished: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 By: Gary Chattman
P.L.: Well, Mary, what have you been up to, these days?
Mary: I’m appearing at the Westchester Broadway Theatre, dontcha know!
P.L.: Is that the one where they serve food before the show; the prices are so much cheaper than Broadway; parking is free?
Mary: Yes, that’s so true. You should taste the roast beef!
P.L.: I will. I plan to go there next weekend.
Mary: Better make it fast. Every show is sold out!
P.L.: You don’t say! Who is playing you at this show?
Mary: It’s that wonderful, talented “Practically Perfect” Lauren Blackman!
P.L.: The gifted one who has her own cast album of NEXT THING YOU KNOW and who has been in so many shows?
Mary: The exact one! It takes a “Perfect Nanny” to play one!
P.L. I know. I wasn’t happy with Julie Andrews.
Mary: Hey, didja see that movie with you portrayed by Emma Thompson?
P.L.: That was a hoot! It wasn’t all true.
Mary: Obviously. Let’s get back to that wonderful Elmsford Theatre and our show. Didja know it’s their 184th production and 40 years of show business in Westchester?
P.L.: I read that in the playbill that was sent to me last week. What did you think of Leo Ash Evens?
Mary: The very one! He played Bert! What an actor! He’s really British, dontcha know!
P.L.: Yes! He’s been in many shows in our home country! What a singer! What a story-teller! In this show, he is the narrator and the glue!
Mary: Others in this cast deserve mention, too! Joseph Dellger as George Banks; Leisa Mather as Winifred Banks, and that wonderful Jan Neuberger as Miss Andrew! All deserve great acclaim!
P.L.: All these shows at WBT tickle my fancy! It’s because for this show the choreography by Jonathan Stahl and the choreography and direction of Richard Stafford are ama I read that in the playbill that was sent to me last week. What did you think of Leo Ash Evens?zing!
Mary: “Anything Can Happen” when you have a staff of dedicated people who know exactly what to do!
P.L.: Should we tell them a bit of the plot? I did write the book. This show is much dearer to my heart than that silly Disney movie.
Mary: I come to the Banks unhappy home as a magical nanny and then leave it filled with happiness!
P.L.: That about sums it up! As they say, “A Spoonful of Sugar helps the medicine go down!”
Mary: Yes, and we have to “Step In Time” before we all “Let’s Go Fly a Kite” and “Feed The Birds.”
P.L.: That’s so punny!
Mary: Indeed! “Chim Chim Cheree!”
P.L.: I always wondered what that meant!
Mary: Me, too. It’s a “Jolly Holiday” at the WBT through July, so tell everyone you see in your travels…
P.L.: I know! GO TO SEE MARY POPPINS AT THE WESTCHESTER BROADWAY THEATRE!