Off-Ramp for November 21, 2009

Mary Poppins Opens at the Ahmanson

"Mary Poppins," the smash stage musical of the beloved musical film, opened at the Ahmanson this weekend, and Off-Ramp was there to talk with co-director and choreographer Matthew Bourne; song and dance man Gavin Lee, who plays "Bert;" and Carter Thomas, a Glendalian who is one of the "Michael Banks;" and we hear the original and new songwriters -- performing live and spontaneously at the after-party -- tell how they wrote "Jolly Holiday" and "Supercalifragilisticexpealidocious."

The audio is a special web-only edition, only lightly edited for your enjoyment. Come inside to see Dick Van Dyke -- the original Bert -- take a bow and enjoy his ovation.

On Sunday, November 15th, 2009, Dick Van Dyke, who played Bert to Julie Andrews' Mary in 1964, finally saw the musical stage version of Mary Poppins. And when Gavin Lee brought him onto the Ahmanson stage at the end of the show, it brought the house down.

Video courtesy Center Theatre Group.


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