27 Songs, 1 Hour 18 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

It’s no surprise that Mary Poppins Returns is a pitch-perfect movie-musical experience: If you had a classic Disney storyline and got Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emily Mortimer, Angela Lansbury, and Meryl Streep together on a soundstage and messed it up, then what are you even doing? Fifty-four years after the first Mary Poppins was released, this casting director’s dream lineup gives the nanny a refresh, in most cases hewing as reverentially close to the original’s spirit as possible. The soundtrack, which comprises expository tunes from the film and its score, pops with fun cameos (such as one from original cast member Dick Van Dyke), Blunt’s witty, enunciated charm (check the Julie Andrews-channeling “Can You Imagine That?”), and Miranda having all kinds of intentionally off-center, Cockney-accented fun (injecting a little Hamilton-esque flavor into the ensemble piece “Trip a Little Light Fantastic”). But it’s composer Marc Shaiman’s majestic instrumentals that give the soundtrack its real sense of magic, punctuating those moments in between the lines and evoking feelings of whimsy, mischief, and wonder.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

It’s no surprise that Mary Poppins Returns is a pitch-perfect movie-musical experience: If you had a classic Disney storyline and got Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emily Mortimer, Angela Lansbury, and Meryl Streep together on a soundstage and messed it up, then what are you even doing? Fifty-four years after the first Mary Poppins was released, this casting director’s dream lineup gives the nanny a refresh, in most cases hewing as reverentially close to the original’s spirit as possible. The soundtrack, which comprises expository tunes from the film and its score, pops with fun cameos (such as one from original cast member Dick Van Dyke), Blunt’s witty, enunciated charm (check the Julie Andrews-channeling “Can You Imagine That?”), and Miranda having all kinds of intentionally off-center, Cockney-accented fun (injecting a little Hamilton-esque flavor into the ensemble piece “Trip a Little Light Fantastic”). But it’s composer Marc Shaiman’s majestic instrumentals that give the soundtrack its real sense of magic, punctuating those moments in between the lines and evoking feelings of whimsy, mischief, and wonder.

Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
268 Ratings

268 Ratings

rickscogin ,

Practically Perfect

An absolute delight. The songs, as in the first film, echo a Music Hall tradition and hit a bullseye with vocal (and orchestral) performances that are exceptional. Blunt and Miranda exceeded my expectations and Streep has a show-stopper of a tongue twister that cracks me up. Angela Lansbury, sounding just as lovely at 90-somehting as she did decades ago, gets a sort of "Let's Go Fly A Kite' surrogate that delivers beautifully. After listening only twice, I am humming songs and can't praise this enough! What a lovely and welcomed surprise.

lunasera ,

Impressed - New but captures the original

I was pretty nervous listening to this, but they kept the style of the music from the original, but still created an entire new theme and bank of songs. While I'm not sure any are quite as long lasting as a few of the iconic simple lyrics of the first, but they are catchy and lend to the screen spectacular - I'm more excited to see the film after listening!

steve2wdw ,

Just like the original never ended.....

A followup to a classic musical....impossible? But not for Marc Shaiman and company. Never thought it could be done, but here it is! These songs could have been included in the original, they're so good. You must purchase this NOW, and on December 19th head to see it in theatres. Truly awesome :)