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‘Mary Poppins’ Makes Perfect Finale to Paper Mill Season

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MILLBURN, NJ – It’s lively, it’s heart-warming and it’s a superb ending to the Paper Mill Playhouse season.  “Mary Poppins” entices audiences to come back for more spectacular theatre in the fall.

Elena Shaddow is the strict yet magical nanny who descends on the Banks family with an umbrella and a carpet bag full of wonders and surprises. Shaddow perfectly captures the staunch no-nonsense attitude as the nanny while gradually enveloping the children in a spirit of fun and adventure.

The cast is outstanding all the way around. Mark Evans as Bert, the chimney sweep, often weaves in the songs that keep it all afloat and is fleet on his feet as well. “Step in Time” with all the chimney sweeps on stage is a real winner, full of energy, tight and lively dancing, choreographed by Denis Jones. Wisely, the stage production has maintained many of the movie’s delirious ballads and songs, including “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” “Chim Chim Cher-ee” and “A Spoonful of Sugar.” Some of the music and plot may be on the sentimental side, but the overall story of a family that is having its ups and downs rings true.

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Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman wrote the original music and lyrics, with new songs added by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. The production was co-created by Cameron Mackintosh and boasts a book by Julian Fellowes (of Downton Abby fame). Of course, none of this would exist without author P. L. Travers and her series of Mary Poppins stories.

Adam Monley is George Banks and Jill Paice is his wife Winifred. Early on, we see that George is caught up in his bank business and thinks his wife’s former career as an actress was frivolous. It all takes place in 1899-1900 on Cherry Tree Lane in London. In a film about the making of the Disney movie, called “Saving Mr. Banks,” the author says the story isn’t about the children or the nanny, but about the father. We see in this production how his rigid attitude is causing difficulties with his wife and children. At the Sunday evening performance, the children Jane and Michael were played by Abbie Grace Levi and John Michael Pitera. They were suitably annoying on occasion, gradually changing from brats to the beginnings of understanding under the sure hand of Mary Poppins.

Other remarkable performances come from Liz McCartney as the Bird Woman and Miss Andrew. She conveys both characters with insight, representing compassion in one and deemed a holy terror in the other.  Danielle K. Thomas as Mrs. Corry is sensational in the “Supercalifrag” song, which practically brought down the house as well. The ensemble is smart and lively with its clever signs spelling out the word.

Timothy R. Mackabee’s clever scenic design, Leon Dobkowski’s bright and engaging costumes and Charlie Morrison’s lighting all added to an exuberant experience. The shimmering stars at night and foggy rooftops lend another dimension.  Mark S. Hoebee has directed this enchanting musical with grand pacing and attention to detail.

The show probably could have ended with “Anything Can Happen” when the entire company was on stage. But this audience was glad to see more. I could have lived without the fake barking dog, which is more of a diversion than integral to the plot, and the chimney sweeps didn’t need to prance thorough the Banks house at the end of the “ Step in Time” number.  Nevertheless, these are minor observations in a show that’s brimming with hope, magic and humanity.

“Mary Poppins” continues at Paper Mill Playhouse, 22 Brookside Drive in Millburn through June 25.

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TAPinto Nutley is Proud to be a Platinum Sponsor of the 20th Nutley Chamber of Commerce 5K

April 21, 2018

NUTLEY, NJ - TAPinto Nutley is proud to be a platinum sponsor of the 2018 Nutley Chamber of Commerce 5K. Now in its twentieth year, proceeds from the event will benefit local veterans organizations. 

At this time there are still opportunities for Silver and Bronze Sponsorships. Bronze sponsorships are $50. 

For more information regarding the 5K Fun Run and Kids Fun Run, ...

DPW Electronics Recycling Day Saturday, April 21, 2018

Mayor Dr. Joseph Scarpelli announces Nutley DPW Computer and Electronics Recycling Day.

Saturday, April 21, 2018
9:00am - 1:00pm
Municipal Parking Lot 8 
(William Street - behind Woroco gas station)

ACCEPTABLE ITEMS

Computers and Laptops
FAX Machines
Microwaves
Monitors
Printers
Scanners
Stereos and Speakers
Televisions
VCR and DVD Players

For ...

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A Snapshot of Autism Spectrum Disorder in New Jersey

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Nutley Public Schools Calendar Update March 23

Dear Nutley Parents,

Please be advised that at this point in the school year, the Nutley Public Schools have used six emergency closing days, two more than our allotted four.

Although we, along with many other New Jersey school districts, have asked Governor Murphy to waive the two days we closed due to the States of Emergency, we have not received exemption thus far.

As per the school ...

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More than 1800 Apply to First Class at Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University in Nutley

April 17, 2018

NUTLEY, NJ - 1872 applications were received to be a part of the first class at Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University where the first class of 55 students will start July 9.

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Columbia H.S. Students Walkout of School on Friday as Part of National April 20 Protests

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Amazon Works to End Stigma of “Free and Reduced” Meals at School

April 20, 2018

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Surf City Hotel's Application Rejected By the Surf City Land Use Board for Outdoor Dining

April 17, 2018

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Nutley Polce Department Blotter April 7 to 13 2018

April 14, 2018

The Police Blotter is compiled each week by Det. Sgt. Anthony Montanari of the Crime Intelligence Public Information Division of the Nutley Police Department.

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Anyone who has information about any crimes can send a (non ...

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Nutley Public Library May 2018 Events

The Nutley Free Public Library has a calendar full of events and programs for May 2018

Tuesday, May 1 at 2:00 Tuesday Afternoon Book Club at Nutley Parkside Apartments.  The Nutley Public Library hosts a monthly book discussion at the Nutley Parkside Apartments, 7 William Street, the first Tuesday of each month.  The book discussed will be On Chesil Beach by ...

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The Women Artists of Nutley Exhibit at the Nutley Public Library

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Tickets Now Available For Walking In Faith Fashion Show

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The Jaffe Briefing - April 20, 2018

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

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12th Annual Coffee and A Cause 'Friendraiser' at the Salvation Army, May 3

April 21, 2018

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A Walk in the Park, 2018

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The German Girl

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Obituaries

Jul 21, 1966 - Apr 6, 2018
Sheila Rossi (nee Borges) 51, of Nutley, NJ died peacefully on April 6, 2018. Visitation will be ...
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Past Deputy Grand Marshall of St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Merchant Marine veteran James J.
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