As I described a couple of weeks ago, this summer I'd like to focus occasionally on local events and places that might make good, simple, affordable escapes for you and your families.
You may have heard that the acclaimed Disney and Cameron Mackintosh production of "Mary Poppins" recently landed at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa.
When Australian novelist P.L. Travers wrote her series of books about the charming and mystical nanny (made even more famous on film by Julie Andrews in 1964), I'm not sure she could have envisioned the production that takes place each evening (and several matinees).
My daughter and I had the pleasure of enjoying the opening-night performance, and while it hearkens back to the nearly inescapable charm of the film version most of us saw as kids (as my mom reminded me, actually the first movie I ever saw in a theater), this production takes the story into both new thematic and technical directions that are as emotionally satisfying as they are visually impressive.