Photo Coverage: Mary Poppins is 'Practically Perfect in Every Way'

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Mary Poppins opened last night in Toronto at The Princess of Wales Theatre, and the show truly is practically perfect in every way. Mirvish Productions has brought in the smash-hit Disney/Cameron Mackintosh production for a limited nine week run this holiday season, and if the audience last night was any indication, Toronto is strongly embracing Mary Poppins and all her supercalifragilistic fun.

The stage production combines all the familiar and much-loved elements from the classic film with new characters from the Pamela Travers books, all woven together under the careful eye of director Richard Eyre (who recently had a huge hit in Toronto with Noel Coward's Private Lives). Slightly darker than the film, the stage show fleshes out the characters and closely examines the dynamics of the Banks family and how they interact with both chimney-sweep Bert and of course, Mary Poppins.

Rachel Wallace plays the title role with just the right amount of cheery disposition and stern authority. At times she's sweetly reminiscent of Julie Andrews and the other Broadway ladies who came before her but succeeds in making the role her own. Ottawa-born Nicholas Dromard shines as loveable chimney sweep Bert, and the audience welcomed him back to the Toronto stage with open arms. The entire cast was strong, working well together and exuding what appeared to be a genuine love and appreciation of the material that was so infectious one couldn't help but walk out of the theatre with a smile.

BWW was thrilled to be on hand at the opening to bring its readers photos from the production as well as the opening night party, which was a homecoming of sorts for the twelve Canadians featured in the cast. And if the candy bar was any indication, a spoonful of sugar does indeed help the medicine go down.

When and Where?
Mary Poppins

The Princess of Wales Theatre

Now on Stage through to Jan 8th 2012

Performance Schedule:
Tue- Sat 7:30PM
Wed, Sat & Sun 2PM

No performances: Dec 24, 7.30PM; Dec 25, 2PM Added performance on Thu Dec 22, 2PM

Tickets run from $49.50 to $185 and can be purchased in person at the box office, by phone at 416-872-1212 or online at www.mirvish.com/marypoppins

Photos by Racheal McCaig Photography

Photo Coverage: Mary Poppins is 'Practically Perfect in Every Way'

Photo Coverage: Mary Poppins is 'Practically Perfect in Every Way'
The Canucks of Mary Poppins

Photo Coverage: Mary Poppins is 'Practically Perfect in Every Way'
Rachel Wallace

Photo Coverage: Mary Poppins is 'Practically Perfect in Every Way'
Blythe Wilson

Photo Coverage: Mary Poppins is 'Practically Perfect in Every Way'
Nicholas Dromard

Photo Coverage: Mary Poppins is 'Practically Perfect in Every Way'
Nicholas Dromard

Photo Coverage: Mary Poppins is 'Practically Perfect in Every Way'
Rachel Wallace

Photo Coverage: Mary Poppins is 'Practically Perfect in Every Way'
Nicholas Dromard and Rachel Wallace

Photo Coverage: Mary Poppins is 'Practically Perfect in Every Way'
The cast of Mary Poppins

Photo Coverage: Mary Poppins is 'Practically Perfect in Every Way'
The cast of Mary Poppins

Photo Coverage: Mary Poppins is 'Practically Perfect in Every Way'
The cast of Mary Poppins

Photo Coverage: Mary Poppins is 'Practically Perfect in Every Way'
The cast of Mary Poppins

Photo Coverage: Mary Poppins is 'Practically Perfect in Every Way'
The cast of Mary Poppins

Photo Coverage: Mary Poppins is 'Practically Perfect in Every Way'
A spoonful of sugar? Post-Poppins candy bar

Photo Coverage: Mary Poppins is 'Practically Perfect in Every Way'
The after-party band

Photo Coverage: Mary Poppins is 'Practically Perfect in Every Way'
Neka Zang and Nicholas Dromard

Photo Coverage: Mary Poppins is 'Practically Perfect in Every Way'
Nicholas Dromard and Rachel Wallace

Photo Coverage: Mary Poppins is 'Practically Perfect in Every Way'
Josh Assor, Cory O'Brien, Janet MacEwen, Michelle E White, Nicholas Dromard, Eric Coles, Camden Angelis, Mark Harapiak, Blythe Wilson, Laird Mackintosh and Sam Strasfeld

Photo Coverage: Mary Poppins is 'Practically Perfect in Every Way'

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Kelly Cameron Kelly Cameron's love affair with the theatre began when she was just five years old, on an outing to see the Original Canadian Cast of Les Miserables at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto. She instantly fell in love, and is honoured to be representing the Toronto contingent of BroadwayWorld as Senior Editor overseeing the GTA region.

Her writing career started almost by accident, though it has always been in her blood as her Mom was an English teacher who firmly believed in the importance of being able to turn a phrase. She also loved sharing her love of theatre with her students (and her children), and was a staunch supporter of the arts in Toronto.

When not at the theatre, you can usually find Kelly with a Starbucks in one hand and her BlackBerry in the other, tweeting, reading or doing something quirky and clumsy for the sake of getting that next big story.

She's incredibly grateful to the amazing Toronto theatre community who have embraced her with open arms, giving her the greatest gift a little redheaded theatre geek could ever ask for - getting to be a part of this vibrant arts and culture scene. She may have never had the skills to be on the stage, but is thankful every day she gets to write about the inspiring people who do.

Headshot photo by Racheal McCaig www.rachealmccaigphotography.com


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