Summer classic: ‘Mary Poppins’

 Julie Andrews as Mary Poppins and Dick Van Dyke as Bert in a scene from "Mary Poppins." © AP/Disney photo.

Julie Andrews as Mary Poppins and Dick Van Dyke as Bert in a scene from “Mary Poppins.” © AP/Disney photo.

If the Kentucky Theatre’s Summer Classics series has a classic of its own, it has to be Mary Poppins. Showings of the Disney classic always attract packed houses of the young and young at heart.

The Mary Poppins story has been told in a variety of ways since P.L. Travers penned her first stories of the wind-blown English nanny in 1934. And as the the recent movie Saving Mr. Banks showed, Travers had grave misgivings about the 1964 film version of her story, and in reality, she never completely embraced the movie.

But audiences and critics sure did.

Mary Poppins has endured like few other films, charming through Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke’s performances and unforgettable songs such as A Spoonful of Sugar, Chim Chim Cher-ee and Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (yes, I did copy-paste that).  Yes, it has been made into a Broadway musical and had other film adaptations, and audiences around the globe cheered as Miss Mary defeated Lord Voldermort and other bad guys in the opening ceremonies of the 2012 London Olympics.

But all that enthusiasm is attributable to this film, which we can see again this summer, on the big screen. It plays at 11 a.m., 1:30 and 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, July 9, at the Kentucky Theatre.

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