My mom's cousin in CA sent me a check after her death and asked me to use it to "give your niece joy!" So yesterday we adventured to Beverly to see the "Mary Poppins" matinee at the North Shore Music Theatre.
That movie was one of my favorites as a child. I saw it EIGHT times in the theater, including once in French in Paris at age 7. Heh. I know most of the songs by heart.
I hadn't expected much, so I was pleasantly surprised to find it is only 30 minutes away, right off the highway, with easy parking, no line at the Will Call window, a gorgeous performance space with amazing stagecraft, talented singers and dancers and air conditioning! The afternoon crowd was mostly senior citizens and well-behaved children. Ms A was enthralled! The story is different from the movie but I could see why in most cases.
The tickets are pricey, but less than downtown Boston theaters, and there is not a bad seat in the house! They're doing "Singing in the Rain" next "with actual raining on stage!" And later on there will be "Spamalot," "West Side Story" and the annual favorite, "A Christmas Carol." They also do concerts like Broadway for Life, Doo-Wop or the Magic of Rock n Roll and Motown. I urge you to go up there!