musicals

Mary Poppins

There’s a change in the wind. 

  To many this could mean the frightening end to summer, and the brisk coldness of the fall. Yet this isn’t the case at the Candlelight Dinner Playhouse as they open their production of Mary Poppins this coming weekend. The story about the magical nanny that arrives to aid the Banks family is my favorite live action Disney movie, period.  I can remember as early as four singing along with Julie Andrews and watching the amazing and lovable story be told time and time again on my tv. 

Which is why I am even more excited to see this production of the musical interpretation that Candlelight opened last night on September 6th. I have never seen the musical version of this story, but have listened to the famous Laura Michelle Kelly sing the unforgettable songs on repeat for some time and can tell this show took a bit more from its original source, the book by P.L. Travers, than the Disney film. Making it even more irresistible for me to want to see this show. 

  Candlelight Dinner Playhouse has a way with its production, as I have said when seeing  my first show with them at the beginning of the summer. I am more than excited to be seeing Mary Poppins there, and to see the chimney sweeps and Mary Poppins herself meeting us for dinner. It will most definitely help with the changing seasons. 

 We see Mary Poppins at Candlelight Dinner Playhouse on Saturday, September 8th at 7pm. 

Sunday In The Park with George

Throughout this week while at school I asked many of my classmates in the theatre department what do they think of Sunday In The Park with George. Their response is undeniably a reaction of pure artistry. One of my friends went to the extent to say I will be crying for days after I mentioned I will be seeing it April 17th at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities. 

What I didn’t realize was that it was the inspiration for this musical that brought Sondheim back into musical theatre after he wished to leave the industry. This gives this musical a bit more connection to its creator and its lead character who is struggling with inspiration to paint the famous painting we all know as, Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, 

Rod. A Lansberry directs this production, as it will be the last musical of the 2017-2018 theatre season at the Arvada Center. I have to say throughly enjoyed attending the previous two musicals they have put on, and like A Chorus Line, this will be my first interaction with this musical, which I’m starting to see is a recurring habit that I have with classic musicals. Nevertheless, I am very excited to see if my classmate’s word holds up. I will be ready to be taken in by the artistry that I’m sure Lansberry and his cast will deliver; tissues in hand. 

  We see Sunday In The Park with George Tuesday, April 17th, at 7:30 at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities.