Mary Poppins Returns is set to be the big hit of the festive period at the cinema and to build the excitement, Disney has already released the soundtrack. Since we haven't been able to stop listening to it, we thought we'd rank all the songs featured in Rob Marshall's long-awaited sequel. Because we're professionals, we've taken into account how they fit into the movie as well as whether they're good songs in their own right. However, we did decide to miss out the lush 'Overture' because we just don't think it's fair to judge it against the others. That'll have to wait until our score ranking and we're probably only half-joking. Buy it now from HMV.
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8. The Royal Doulton Music Hall
Considering how I perhaps unnecessarily? This time, though? A Cinderella story, not unlike ASIB , a friend did invite me to an early screening, so that I might make informed decisions! Moving on up! To a deluxe apartment in the sky!
There's only one rule laid down to journalists at the press launch of Mary Poppins Returns. This point is made by the film's publicists twice over as we arrive and it's clear they aren't joking. Fortunately we think we can live with it. Hollywood may be awash with remakes of films like A Star is Born, Tomb Raider and Ghostbusters, but Miranda insists this is a different beast. It is a sequel, not a reboot. The goal is there are eight books by [author] PL Travers, there are some amazing Mary Poppins stories that haven't made it to the screen. Mary Poppins Returns is set in s London, two decades after the original, with the famous nanny returning to help look after a new generation of Banks children. Reviews for the film, which is arriving in cinemas 54 years after its predecessor, have been mainly positive. The Telegraph's Robbie Collin called it "practically perfect in every way" in his five-star rave, while Empire's Olly Richards said Blunt was "impeccably cast as Poppins".
Who would dare write the songs for Mary Poppins Returns, when the original score is considered such a classic? The writers of Hairspray, that's who. The songs by the brothers Robert and Richard Sherman are widely regarded as one of the best original scores ever for a screen musical. But when Richard Sherman reached 90 this year, Disney renamed their main soundstage the Sherman Stage - that's how important they've been. His approval was everything to us. The songs are new - though here and there the orchestrators smuggle in references to the Sherman songs. Shaiman and Wittman are best known for writing Hairspray and for the stage version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. When they discussed the new project with director Rob Marshall, the first question was what the songs should sound like.