Friday January 10, 2014 / 7:45pm (Opening Night With Richard Sherman)Mary Poppins Sing-A-Long
How was your experience?
It's unfair for me to write a review of this event, because no one else who goes to see it will be able to have the amazing experience I had, but since Goldstar asked, I'm responding. I'm sure just seeing this beautifully remastered version of Mary Poppins at a theater as magnificent as the El Capitan, and being able to sing along with those marvelous classic songs is a fantastic experience in and of itself, so I'd strongly urge anyone with any interest in Mary Poppins to hurry to see this before it's gone. It's just that, when I went on opening night, I went with a friend who knows Richard Sherman, the last remaining Sherman brother of the two who wrote this magical score. That particular night, Mr. Sherman was being surprised by the El Capitan by having their backstage star dressing room renamed the Richard and Robert Sherman dressing room, complete with ribbon-cutting ceremony. My friend and I were fortunate enough to be invited to this, and "hung out" with Mr. Sherman and his family and friends in this dressing room. After this private event, we joined the audience at the El Capitan and were treated to the fantastic experience of seeing Mr. Sherman at a piano onstage before the movie, playing those magical songs he wrote (Chim Chimney, Spoonful of Sugar, Feed the Birds, plus several that never made it into the film, in addition to the legendary It's a Small World, which he also wrote, along with Winnie the Pooh, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang…amazing!!) and regaling the rapt sold-out audience with his incomparable tales. So that's why I say that it's not fair for me to write the review, because that was an evening to remember for the rest of my life. And, although I know I would have enjoyed the screening alone, I don't think I could have said the same.