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Mary Poppins

As Louis Armstrong would have described it, "hellzapoppin'" when Mary Poppins (Tracy Warren) flies in and takes charge of the Banks household, teaching the children and adults a thing or two about real family values.

Tracy Warren as Mary Poppins
Tracy Warren as Mary Poppins
Photo: Glenn Ross
Warren is delightful as the impetuous, imperturbable, and inimitable magical nanny, who appears out of the sky from nowhere and to nowhere disappears, after the Banks family has been properly and "Practically Perfectly" attended to, via song, dance, and aerial navigation. Warren shines in all of this, as she radiates Mary's knowing smile and remains light on her feet, flitting here and there or making a soft, two-point landing, as she alights from piloting across the ceiling.

Limbless dolls, kitchen catastrophes, unmannered children, and despondent adults are inexplicably restored, as Mary assures everyone, "Anything can happen, if you let it."

Shelly Cox-Robie as Mrs. Banks and Wayne Kennedy as Mr. Banks
Shelly Cox-Robie as Mrs. Banks
and Wayne Kennedy as Mr. Banks
Photo: Glenn Ross
Director Scott Beyette, choreographer Matthew D. Peters, and aerial choreographer Troy Trinkle pull out all the stops for stage magic, dazzling dance moves—especially the tap spectacular "Step In Time"—and flying effects.

Mrs. Winifred Banks (Shelly Cox-Robie) has her hands full, as Mr. George Banks (Wayne Kennedy) sees the full extent of his responsibility as providing the money (via a banker's salary) that will buy his family's way into society. As they have so many times in the past, Cox-Robie and Kennedy find just the right chemistry and emotional dynamics to let the love shine through the matrimonial conflicts, which provides a sweet arc that leads to the heart-warming conclusion enabled by Mary.

Scott Beyette as Bert
Scott Beyette as Bert
Photo: Glenn Ross
Mary's old acquaintance, Bert (Scott Beyette), deftly narrates the tale, in addition to keeping London's chimneys from choking on coal dust. With a soft shoe here, and a thrilling tap there, Beyette's warm tunes carry us along, just like this powerhouse show that he directed.

The Banks children Jane (Katie Phipps alternating with Rylee Vogel) and Michael (Kaden Hinkle, alternating with Max Eugene Raabe), do their darnedness to make Mary just one more in a long line of nannies who throw up their hands and walk out; but Mary is too adept to be thwarted, so the relationship becomes one of endearment. Phipps and Hinkle are a charming mix of mischief and wide-eyed wonder.

Amanda Earls as Miss Andrew
Amanda Earls as Miss Andrew
Photo: Glenn Ross
The ensemble is overflowing with talent that peppers the story with well-honed shtick, dizzying zaniness, and robust production numbers; in particular, great character work from Joanie Brousseau, Brian Burron, and Amanda Earls.

BDT Stage's presentation of Mary Poppins runs through September 5th. For tickets: (303) 449-6000 x 4 or BDTStage.com.

Bob Bows

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