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Mirvish/Disney – Mary Poppins & Dancap – The Addams Family

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November 18, 2011
Reviewed by Paula Citron

The Addams Family
Music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa (Book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice)
Directed by Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch)
Featuring Douglas Sills and Sarah Gettelfinger
Toronto Centre for the Arts, Nov. 16 to Nov. 27, 2011

Mary Poppins
Music by Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman, George Stiles and Anthony Drewe (Book by Julian Fellowes)
Directed by Richard Eyre and Matthew Bourne
Featuring Rachel Wallace and Nicolas Dromard
Princess of Wales Theatre, Nov. 12 to Jan. 8, 2011

There are two excellent musicals playing in town.

Mirvish has brought in Mary Poppins and there is a wonderful blend of the original film music by the Sherman brothers and new songs by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. It’s astonishing how well the two blend together.

The book by Julian Fellowes does not follow the movie plot, however. In this musical, Mrs. Banks is an oppressed Edwardian wife rather than a suffragette.

The scenery is lavish and the production numbers have razzle dazzle.

Dancap’s The Addams Family musical is delightful.

The show is based on the weird and wonderful characters created by cartoonist Charles Addams.

The dialogue, by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice is very funny, filled with double entendres, but more to the point, Andrew Lippa’s music and lyrics are laugh out loud clever.

The Addams Family continues at the Toronto Centre for the Arts until Nov. 27. Mary Poppins is at the Princess of Wales Theatre until Jan. 8.

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