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Reinventing ‘Mary Poppins’

Writers of the music for the ‘Marry Poppins Returns’ discuss the pressure of doing the iconic original justice



The whole experience has been something of a dream for Shaiman and Wittman. They got the rare privilege of getting to record the actors singing along with a 100-piece orchestra before filming began. They’ve also gotten to spend time with Richard Sherman (Robert Sherman died in 2012), and hear legends like Dick Van Dyke and Angela Lansbury sing their songs.

“As someone who usually can’t shut up, I have yet to find the words to describe what it is to hear them,” Shaiman said.

Sherman has told them that he’s happy with what they’ve done. As is their director.

“Marc and Scott have written this very sophisticated, hummable, fun (piece),” Marshall said. “The lyrics are so clever and so smart. You feel like you’ve heard them and know them but they’re new.”

Wittman said they’re “just proud of the movie the way it came out. It could have gone wrong in so many ways.”

“My agent said that!” Sherman added. “He said there are so many ways this could have gone so terribly wrong. And it’s such a miracle that none of those things happened.”

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