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From Page to Screen to Stage: MARY POPPINS

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this was actually an interesting read. thanks for posting it! do they cover this stuff in the book?
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Very interesting, thanks.

I actually read the books as a child before I ever saw the Disney film. I loved both, but they were so very, very different. The Mary in the books is nothing like Julie Andrews--she's vain, sarcastic, quick to (savage) anger . . . And yet fascinating and fun. The children never quite lose their fear of her--or, at any rate, their fear of displeaing her. And yet they love her, and so does the reader. It shouldn't work, but it does; possibly because it captures so well children's bafflement with the adults in their world.

I dashed to London to see the original production, and while I enjoyed it, I have to confess that I felt it tried unsuccessfully to straddle the worlds of the books and the film. Not quite dark enough, not quite sunny enough, I found it just puzzling.

I haven't seen the Bway production. I understand some changes were made, giving it a more consistent tone.

Can anyone who has seen both enlighten us?
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Very nice read, really clarified that show for me. It's really sad, I think there's a good show in there, but the book is hopelessly muddled between the movie and the book.
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