Thursday, May 25, 2017

LAST CALL: Magical Mercury Mary Poppins Ending This Weekend

ChiIL Mama's Chi, IL Picks List: Family Friendly Theatre Fun

**Ages 6+. Run time 2 hours w/ 15min intermission**

Review: Magical Mercury Poppins Pops With Charismatic Charm

Here at ChiIL Mama and ChiIL Live Shows we've long been fans of Mercury Theater's large scale musicals in an intimate 290 seat setting. Poppins is no exception. We caught the Broadway touring extravaganza a few years back, and I have to say, Mercury Theatre's production is more personable. Jeff Award winner, Matthew Crowle (Bert), absolutely stole the show. And this production has now been Jeff nominated as well!

Nicole Armold (Mary Poppins) did a fabulous job of making the iconic role her own. We were also quite impressed with the children as well! This high energy cast puts on a crowd pleasing production. Don't miss this.

We also had a blast at the opening night cast party, the first event ever held in the newly renovated space next door. The newly christened "Venus" (next to Mercury, ya know) is out of this world! 

(photo by Sarah Dennis)

Last chance to see Mary Poppins is Sunday, May 28th at 1pm and 6pm. Don't miss this!

Memorial Day Weekend
Looking for a fun activity the whole family will love? 
Bring everyone down to Mercury Theater Chicago for Memorial Day weekend and spend a “Jolly Holiday” with Mary and an irresistible cast of characters. 
Join us in the lobby on Sunday, May 28th at 3:30pm for a Meet & Greet with our very own Mary Poppins! 

Meet Mary Poppins:
Sunday, May 28th @ 3:30pm

Disney’s MARY POPPINS is a Supercalifragilistic musical combining the best of the original stories by P. L. Travers and the beloved Walt Disney film. The Tony Award-winning MARY POPPINS is everything you'd hope for in a Broadway musical—and like nothing you'd ever expect. Get swept up in tunes like ‘Spoonful of Sugar,’ ‘Feed the Birds’ and of course ‘Chim Chim Cher-ee’ as young Jane and Michael learn life lessons from their unconventional nanny and the lovable jack-of-all-trades Bert. So, bring the whole family and spend a ‘Jolly Holiday’ with Mary and an irresistible cast of characters.

Winner of 44 theatre awards around the globe, MARY POPPINS has captivated audiences for generations with its enchanting story, unforgettable songs and dazzling dance numbers. Based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's MARY POPPINS has delighted Broadway audiences for over 2,500 performances and received nominations for nine Olivier and seven Tony Awards including Best Musical.

It takes a lot of imagination and creativity to bring the magical world of Mary Poppins to life.  After bringing mystery to The Addams Family, Neil Tobin is returning to Mercury Theater Chicago as Magic Designer. He is the creator of the solo show, “Supernatural Chicago”, which ran for 10 years of weekly performances at Castle nightclub. Russ Walko is also returning to Mercury Theater Chicago after building the beautiful Jeff nominated puppets of Avenue Q in 2014. Walko has built and performed puppets on the television shows “Community” and “The Simpsons.” His puppets were featured in the Broadway production of The Pee-Wee Herman Show Live, and is no stranger to Chicago theater, having created puppets for multiple StarKids Productions.

MARY POPPINS was written by Julian Fellows (creator of Downton Abbey), with music and lyrics by Disney Legends Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, with new songs and additional music and lyrics by Anthony Drewe and George Stiles.

After an exhaustive search and casting process, Mercury Theater Chicago is pleased to introduce a bright new talent to Chicago; Nicole Armold as Mary Poppins. Joining her is Jeff Award winner and Broadway talent Matthew Crowle as Bert. Rounding out the cast for this magical adventure will be Kayla Boye, Pearle Bramlett, Timothy Eidman, Dan Gold, Cory Goodrich, Sage Harper, Graham Hawley, Casey Lyons, Ashley Lanyon, Conor McGarry, Kevin McKillip, Leah Morrow, Peyton Owen, Erin Parker, Cameron Turner and Holly Stauder. The scenic design is by Adam Veness with costume design by Rachel Boylan, lighting design by Nick Belley and sound design by Mike Ross. The production stage manager is Kristi J. Martens with assistance by Jeri Fredrickson.

The beautifully renovated Mercury Theater Chicago is an intimate jewel box of a theater in the heart of the Southport Corridor, a sophisticated neighborhood of restaurants and boutiques just steps from Wrigley Field. A delightful theater destination, Mercury Theater Chicago takes care of its guests from the moment they arrive with valet service and dining at its adjoining restaurant, Grassroots.

The performance schedule for MARY POPPINS is Wednesdays at 7:30pm, Thursdays at 7:30pm, Fridays at 7:30pm, Saturdays at 3pm and 7:30pm and Sundays at 1pm and 6pm. Thursday matinees at 3pm are available from April 20 - May 28.

Individual tickets range from $30-$65, and are available online at, over the phone at 773.325.1700, or in person at 3745 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago.

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