Mary Poppins Now Playing at Westchester Broadway Theatre

Published: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 By: Siobhan Brchnel Source: Macaroni Kid Inwood Riverdale

I was invited to the opening night performance of Mary Poppins at Westchester Broadway Theatre. While the theatre has been entertaining for 40 years, this was the first chance I'd had to go.

I took my friend, who was a professional entertainer, and we both agreed: This was a great night. Dinner was delicious and the show was very engaging.

While we are all familiar with Mary Poppins as the classic movie from Disney, this performance had a fresh take on it with some musical scenes and acts different from the movie, though equally entertaining. Some of the choreography had us both downright impressed.

I would definitely recommend Mary Poppins at the Westchester Broadway Theatre for anyone looking for a nice night out with friends or looking for a "date-night" with their significant other.

From the Press Release:

The Westchester Broadway Theatre is celebrating 40 years of Broadway Musicals & Fine Dining! For this momentous occasion, Mary Poppins is flying onto our stage! The cherished 1964 Disney film has been re-imagined into a spectacular new musical. The show has been created, in collaboration with Cameron Mackintosh, by Academy Award-winning screenwriter and Downton Abbey creator, Julian Fellowes.

It delighted Broadway audiences for over 2,500 performances and received nominations for nine Olivier and seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

Featuring all of the unforgettable songs of the movie, timeless classics, such as “Feed the Birds”, “Jolly Holiday”, “Step in Time”.

Bert, the jack-of-all trades, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family how to value each other again. Mary Poppins takes both children and adults alike on many magical and memorable adventures, discovering a world where “anything can happen if you let it”.

The multi-talented cast features: Lauren Blackman as Mary Poppins, Leo Ash Evens as Bert, Joe Dellger as Mr. Banks, Leisa Mathers as Mrs. Banks, Karen Murphy as Mrs. Brill, Peter Cormican as Admiral Bloom, Jan Neuberger as Miss Andrews, Mark Blowers, Sara Brophy, Laura Cable, Mark Donaldson, Maria Logan, Evan Mayer, Maggie McGrath, Kristyn Pope, Matthew Ranaudo, Roger Preston Smith, Matias Stegmann, Karen Webb and Eric Whitehead.

Jane Banks will be played by Michelle Moughan and Jane Shearin in alternating performances. Brandon Singel and Gabriel Reis will, alternately, play Michael Banks.

The productions is Directed and Choreographed by WBT favorite, Richard Stafford, who has been at the helm for many WBT productions including Guys & Dolls, Fiddler On The Roof, Can-Can, George M!, Hairspray, Beauty & the Beast, Gypsy, and Singin’ in the Rain. Associate Director and Choreographer is Jonathan Stahl. The Musical Director is Leo Carusone, Set Design is by Steven Loftus, Lighting Design is by Andrew Gmoser, Sound Design is by Jonathan Hatton and Mark Zuckerman, Costume Design is by Derek Lockwood, Wig design by Gerard Kelly and the Production Stage Manager is Victor Lukas, Properties are by Grumpy Props. As with all our productions, Lisa Tiso is the Associate Producer.

Ticket Prices: Dinner & Show range between $54.00 and $80.00 PLUS TAX depending on the performances chosen. Beverage Service & Gratuities are not included in the ticket price. Discounts are available for children, students, and senior citizens at selected performances. Also check the website for on-going Special Offers! More news at: www.BroadwayTheatre.com

Show Times: Wednesday Matinees (except July) : Lunch: 11:30 am & Show 1 pm. Thursday & Friday Matinees: Lunch: 11:30 am & Show 1 pm. Thursday, Friday, & Saturday Evenings: Dinner: 6:30 pm & Show: 8 pm.

Sunday Matinees: Lunch: 12 pm & Show: 1:30 pm

Sunday Evenings: Dinner: 5:30 pm & Show: 7 pm.

Reservations: Call (914)-592-2222. Also at: www.BroadwayTheatre.com

Group Reservations: Discounts for Groups of 20 or More: Call 592-2225.

Luxury Boxes: Call 592-8730. For private parties of 6 to 22. Enjoy dining and theatre in an elegant private box. Additional features include an expanded dinner menu, hot and cold hors d'oeuvres, private powder room, and Luxury Box reserved parking. Additional cost, call for details.