It's a jolly, feisty interlude at Beef & Boards with Mary Poppins, directed by Eddie Curry, who equally brings the range of his considerable acting talent into play as George Banks. Fast-paced, high-stepping dance numbers choreographed by Ron Morgan, smartly executed by the full company, together with B&B's signature clarity of diction for songs and dialogue make this 80-year-old story by P. L. Travers fresh and relevant.
You'll leave with a smile on your face, a song on your lips and your head full of aphorisms to live by - "There are more important things in life than making money." Beef & Boards' production recognizes silliness is the 'spoonful of sugar' on the way to gaining wisdom and what most matters is often expressed by the least 'important' among us. "Money?" intones The Bird Woman. "The value is in how you spend it."
Beef & Boards has already marked a few anniversaries this season, putting on Anything Goes on its 80th birthday and Fiddler on the Roof on its 50th. And with Mary Poppins, the theater celebrates three anniversaries: It's the 80th anniversary since the publication of the first Mary Poppins book, the 50th for the Disney film, and the 10th for the musical, which opened in 2004 in London.