Playing it safe again with Poppins

23rd December, 2018
Emily Mortimer, Julie Walters, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Emily Blunt in Mary Poppins Returns

Over the last decade or so, Hollywood has rekindled its love of big-budget musicals. Neglected and ignored for 40 years, the form has been invigorated by popular and award-winning films, a renaissance that can be traced back to Rob Marshall’s successful adaptation of the Broadway hit Chicago in 2002.

Now Marshall has been given the guardianship of one of Disney’s most enduring characters, Mary Poppins. Any sequel to the beloved 1964 musical was never going...

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