A Poppins' Broadway Review - Mary Poppins in Costa Mesa!
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Poppin' on Broadway!
Mary has landed at Segerstrom Center for a limited stay!
I had the opportunity of going to watch the stage production of Mary Poppins at SoCal’s premier performing arts establishment, Segerstrom Center last Thursday, 7/14.
It was a great show, but I had my concerns, which we’ll get to at a later on. Before I start my review on the show, I did want to review the place where me and my parents had dinner prior to the show itself.
Leatherby’s Cafe Rouge, located within a venue at the Segerstrom Center, is my recommend place to grab a delicious meal before any show. The menu is simple and revolves around traditional American cuisine, with a hint of asian flare if you ask me. The chef, Ross Pangilinan, is Filipino and his take on American dishes like the dish I had, is simply respectable and stunning.
The Duo of Beef entree. $34.
Yes the place is pricey, but at the end of the day if you want to have a night on the town with anyone, this is the place to feast at before your show. Oh, might as well mention that you get 10% off your total bill if you are watching a show the night you dine. Just show your ticket!
On to the show!
It was opening night for the show, but it was a Thursday and it really wasn’t a packed house…so we moved up some seats (with permission, of course)!
To be totally honest and straightforward, I did find that the first part of the show was a little…boring? It might have well been that we ate just a couple hours prior and that the food was catching up with us, but reflecting afterwards, I would say that acting and new renditions of the song just didn’t click with me. I did quietly whisper away at the ‘ol favorites like “Jolly Holiday (with Mary)”, and “A Spoonful of Sugar”, and that’s what gave it it’s high points throughout.
I really do think the magic really does reveal itself in the second act. As this is a Disney stage production, there had to be some type of magic somewhere! The energy picks up, the acting and dancing moves with each song. I don’t want to spoil this part with you too much as always, but I promise you, you’ll start asking yourself how or just be speechless, especially Bert’s part when they sing “Step in Time”. Pure Disney Magic and Song.
All in all, I did like the show very much. I’d have to say that the Lion King production is still at the top of my all-time favorite Disney Broadway productions, but Mary can join the ranks too.
Like always, I urge you all to be your own judge and see it for yourselves! That’s what I did. And if you think that Broadway plays are pricey too, think again! Disney sent me an email that details some extreme discounts for shows at Segerstrom Center right here in the middle of SoCal in Costa Mesa. Take a look below!
Now you have no excuse to go…seats starting at $15!
Thanks for a magical time, Ms. Poppins!
Mary Poppins will remain at Segerstrom Center in Costa Mesa until August 7, with shows every Tuesday through Sunday!
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Oh, and just a quick disclaimer and recommendation - DO NOT WATCH the MARY POPPINS MOVIE BEFORE YOU SEE THE STAGE SHOW!! The story has been altered a tad in the stage production, so don’t be disappointed if it doesn’t follow the movie too much.
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Last edited by JordieP; 07-26-2011 at 06:45 PM.
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