Majestic Theatre

Classical Spotlight
5:56 pm
Thu September 22, 2011

A Jolly Holiday with Disney Songwriter Richard Sherman

"Mary Poppins" songwriter Richard Sherman (above right) with new "Poppins" songwriters Anthony Drewe and George Stiles (seated).

In the late 1930s, still fresh off the success of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” Walt Disney came across a story by the English writer P.L. Travers about a magical nanny that visits the Banks family — young Jane, Michael, and baby twins John and Barbara. Disney became fascinated with the stories, and felt they’d make an ideal setting for a motion picture. He pursued Travers for some 20 years until she finally relented and allowed Disney to adapt her books.

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