Mary Poppins Broadway PosterLast night my mom, sister and I went downtown (Chicago) to see Mary Poppins.  We had gotten the tickets as a gift for my mom’s birthday.  We headed down early and went to some cute little shops around Sheffield and Armitage.  Then we parked by the Cadillac Palace Theatre and walked to Petterino’s for dinner.  It was a really nice, fun day (and dinner was delicious).  We got to the theater early and my sister and I both got Mary Poppins umbrellas, you know, the one with the parrot head on the handle!  They don’t talk, but they are adorable.  

We found our seats and settled in for a supercalifragilisticexpealidocious time, but 20 minutes into the show (right before they sing “Jolly Holiday” with Burt and jump into the paintings) the curtain came down and they announced they were having “technical difficulties” and needed to make it “safe for the actors on stage”.  Okay.  So 20 minutes later they announced they were still working on it.  Sadly, the director finally came out and told us the show needed to be cancelled because the set is run by a computer and the computer had crashed.  The actress playing Mary, Ashley Brown, came out to wave and apologize as well.  They promised we would either be given tickets to another performance or a full refund.  Hopefully we can work our schedules to go see it another time (it ends July 12th) because I really want to see it.

While we were all disappointed, the saddest thing was a little blonde boy, about 6 years old, who was sobbing outside the theater in the rain after the audience left.  He was so sad he wasn’t going to see Mary Poppins!  His grandma was trying to comfort him, but I think he needed “a spoonful of sugar.” 

 

Article about cancellation

 

**UPDATE**  

Had to get the refund because there were no seats together at any of the remaining shows.  Effing ridiculous!  We would have all rather seen the show.  I wish the cast had sung some of the songs, even if there were no sets.  Or signed playbills in the lobby.  Disappointing.

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