Tuesday, November 25, 2014

reviews MARY POPPINS Phoenix Theatre

For more information on Phoenix Theatre's production of Mary Poppins click here.

"this Phoenix production truly excels.  Director Michael Barnard’s staging of the big musical sequences with high-energy choreography from Sam Hay range from the thrilling to the spectacular as exploding colors and sound mixed with a few surprising visual flourishes both excite and exhaust."
- David Appleford, Valley Screen and Stage

"While calling Mary Poppins "practically perfect" makes perfect sense, saying the same thing when describing the superb production from Phoenix Theatre is practically an understatement. The cast for this Phoenix Theatre production is exceptional, led by Trish Hart Ditsworth's excellent portrayal of the strict, yet fun and ultimately loving Mary, and Toby Yatso's spirited take on Mary's chimney sweep friend Burt.  They are both absolutely perfect in bringing these classic characters to vibrant life. Phoenix Theatre's production of Mary Poppins is simply perfect. -Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway

"a magical delight performed by a perfect cast.  There are spectacular visuals including carefully choreographed lush scenery, beautiful period attire, impressively focused lighting, and stunning special effects...rich and wonderfully produced production.  You will be delightfully entertained by this Mary Poppins.  -Chris Curcio, KBAQ

"a polished spectacle featuring energetic renditions of the familiar Sherman Brothers tunes including "A Spoonful of Sugar," "Chim Chim Cher-ee," "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" and "Let's Go Fly a Kite."  (Toby) Yatso brings a heartwarming gentleness to the role made famous by Dick Van Dyke.  Choreographer Sam Hay earns kudos for a passel of lively production numbers." -Kerry Lengel, Arizona Republic

"will delight children of all ages.  the seamless melding of a top-of-the-line cast, each member of which has indelibly etched his/her unique signature on P. L. Travers' iconic characters, and a technical crew that, from Judy Ryerson's splendid costumes to Robert Kovach's eye-popping set, has infused the production with good vibrations.  Trisha Hart Ditsworth is dazzling in her portrayal (she) embodies the essence of Mary Poppins ~ poised, worldly-wise, unfaltering in her self-assured ways, and magical.  Toby Yatso...delivers a knock-your-socks-off performance as Bert" -Herbert Paine, Broadway World

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