Feed the Birds from Mary Poppins – A Mommy Bloggers Showtune Valentine

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This next Mommy Blogger is a close friend and someone who I go to for advice and to vent with.  She is one of the smartest people I know and I am excited to have her guest blogging about her favorite showtune for Valentine’s Day.

A First Broadway Experience We Will Never Forget

Meyer Family at Marry Poppins the Musical

Meyer Family at Marry Poppins the Musical

My daughters have been raised on Broadway music. In fact, my husband and I actually first met when I was doing high school theatre. We started dating while working on “The Music Man” together. Before we had kids, we always had tickets to Broadway Across America in Indianapolis. Our girls have seen a few musicals locally but none of us had ever seen one in New York.

Last year when I was attending a conference in NYC we decided to make it a quick family trip. We only had 3 days and had purchased tour tickets, so we didn’t have a lot of time to spare. We initially decided that we would put off seeing a show until our next visit when we could really plan for it. However, we found ourselves at the TKS ticket booth one day around 5:00 and decided to take a chance.

We ran up to the counter and asked what was available, when did it start, and how much would it be. Their first suggestion was Evita and although it was a favorite of mine, I didn’t think it would be a good first musical for the kids. Options were really limited to get 4 seats together, but she had one set left for Mary Poppins. We didn’t have enough cash on us, so luckily they took our credit card. We had about 30 minutes to run back through Times Square to make it to the show on time.

Grabbing pretzels and hot dogs on a corner, we made it into the line just in time not to be late. We didn’t get to look around too much, but the New Amsterdam theatre was amazing. I spent a little time researching it on the phone and reading to the family while we waited for the show to start. Our seats were terrible and almost the whole way at the back, but we didn’t care!

Although we have seen the movie many times, I was most taken with the song “Feed the Birds.” I never cared about that song before, but I think being in that moment and seeing it performed with my kids on Broadway the first time any of us ever went left a real mark on me. I know I should have understood before that the theme of the song was about charity, but I guess I just always overlooked it because the song didn’t appeal to me. Now I find myself frequently humming it and hoping that my children understand it, too.

A little trivia about the song. It is known to have been one of Walt Disney’s favorites. As a major Disney fan, I love this!

Mary Poppins is closing on Broadway on March 3, 2013, to make way for the new Aladdin. But hopefully many of you will still be able to see it on tours across the country. It was a terrific family experience that mine will never forget. And I will never think of “Feed the Birds” the same way.

Tricia Meyer is a mom, a blogger, and a Disney fanatic. You can read her random musings about parenting and life in general at Helping Moms Connect.

One Response to “Feed the Birds from Mary Poppins – A Mommy Bloggers Showtune Valentine”

  1. Jonathan Large

    Yes, “Feed the Birds” was one of Walt Disney’s favorite songs. In fact, many sources cite this as his favorite song. The song was composed by Disney’s “in-house” composers, the brothers Sherman, Robert B. and Richard M. More than once Disney would ask the Sherman Brothers to play the song for him. From the Wikipedia article concerning this song:

    The late Robert Sherman recalls:
    “On Fridays, after work, [Walt Disney would] often invite us into his office and we’d talk about things that were going on at the Studio. After a while, he’d wander to the north window, look out into the distance and just say, ‘Play it.’ And Dick would wander over to the piano and play ‘Feed the Birds’ for him. One time just as Dick was almost finished, under his breath, I heard Walt say, ‘Yep. That’s what it’s all about.”

    “Feed the Birds (Tuppence A Bag)” always been a favorite song of mine. I saw “Mary Poppins” at Boston’s Gary Theatre (since demolished) at the tender age of 4 in November, 1964. An older thought the movie was a little too sweet, particularly this song. I, on the other hand, was captivated, and I became a lifelong fan of Disney, “Mary Poppins,” and all things Julie Andrews.