USA Today looks at how the music of the Broadway version of Mary Poppins merges with and builds upon the classic tunes from the movie. Richard Sherman, one half of the brother pair who wrote the original numbers met with George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, the young duo who composed the new songs.
Stiles and Drewe, who had worked with Mackintosh before, learned of the producer’s plans, and after watching Disney’s Mary Poppins on video drafted a song called Practically Perfect,
a description Travers’ nanny applies to herself. Unbeknownst to the
pair, the Shermans had considered the same title for a number.
"When we first met, they were nervous," Sherman
recalls. "I was kind of nervous, too, eager to hear what would happen
with our mutual baby. Then they played Practically Perfect and I flipped. The first thing I said was, ‘That’s one of the best songs I ever wrote.’ "
I’m very much hoping to get to New York City to catch a performance of this one. What do you think the chances are that it will still be running when my 3-year old is old enough to appreciate it too?