Something About Mary


THE NANNY STATE: She's a nifty dancer, but tots might find her a scary Mary

The stage door opens and iconic figures spill into the Soho street: a plump, old-fashioned bobby, who proceeds to direct traffic; a chorus line of chimney sweeps; and finally, a maroon-coated nanny who shivers on the sidewalk and seems in need of a little magic. The cause of all this commotion is a fire alert at the Prince Edward Theatre, which has interrupted rehearsals for the most eagerly awaited musical of this West End season — Mary Poppins.

The nanny isn't quite ready to fly. During TIME's backstage visit a week before the Dec. 15 opening, co-producer Cameron...

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