Musical, magical 'Mary Poppins' to perform at Fox Theatre


Photo: Jeremy Daniel The magical story of "Mary Poppins" floats into the Fox Theatre. It opens Tuesday night.


• What: “Mary Poppins”

• When: 8 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, April 5; 2 and 8 p.m. April 6; 1:30 and 7 p.m. April 7

• Where: Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St., Atlanta

• Cost: $39 to $93.25

• For more information: Visit www.foxtheatre.org

ATLANTA -- Mary Poppins was first introduced to the world in 1964.

Now, the classic nanny that is "practically perfect in every way" comes to the Fox Theatre. The musical opens on Tuesday.

Taking the lead role is Madeline Trumble, who grew up watching the movie and thought Mary Poppins would be a hard part to play.

"I grew up watching the movie, singing the songs and wishing Mary Poppins could be my nanny," she said. "I never thought it was something I could do. It's special to play a character that so many people keep close to their heart. It's unlike any other character that I've played."

This was a challenging role to prepare for, according to the actress.

"It was tricky ... usually when I go into auditions, I audition (for roles) that are closer to who I am as Maddy, but she's so out of my realm," Trumble said. "She stands a specific way, has a British accent ... I rehearsed a lot, plus dialect coaching. But it was fun because you don't always get to play things that are so foreign."

Now that she's hit the road, she loved playing the part, especially in front of a crowd of all ages.

"That's the thing, a lot of people think it's a show for kids, which it is because there is magic and singing," Trumble said. "But it's also a show for adults. The kids are excited and ask a lot of questions -- and the adults are just like the kids. They want to meet Mary Poppins. It's really for everybody."

For the die-hard Disney fanatics, this show is slightly different than the flick. There are additional songs and the story focuses on the Banks family -- but it will still teach the young ones that they can do anything they put their minds to, Trumble said.

"I think the show is that Mary Poppins comes in, does her magic and shows the parents and kids how to get better," she said. "Anything to can happen if you let it ... and I think that is really a fun message."

Trumble feels close to that message, since she didn't have a perfect childhood.

"In my life, I have juvenile diabetes and I'm a spokesperson," she said. "I meet a lot of kids with diabetes. I remembered growing up and wanting to perform, but couldn't much because of my disease. Now I do. You can do anything you want."