Interview: Lin-Manuel Miranda & Dick Van Dyke Sing the Praises of Mary Poppins Returns

Spread the love
In an exclusive photo shoot and interviews for this weekend’s Parade, Dick Van Dyke and Lin-Manual Miranda—co-star collaborators in the new Mary Poppins Returns (in theaters Dec. 19)—spread the love for song, dance and Disney delights.

Dick is back! Van Dyke, who’ll turn 93 on Dec. 13, also starred in the original Mary Poppins, released in 1964. The actor had to collect himself the day he reported to the London set of Mary Poppins Returns: “I went to tears because it just took me back. They re-created the neighborhood of where the Banks family lived right down to the last detail. Such memories! I could tell this group really wanted to pay homage to the original.”

Disney Dreams. Miranda, 38, the Tony- and Grammy-winning maestro of the musical Hamilton, stars in Mary Poppins Returns as Jack, a streetlamp lighter who’s a longtime friend of the magical flying nanny (Emily Blunt). He recalls growing up on Disney movies, and Mary Poppins in particular. “‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’ is every smart kids’ theme song because you’d run around on the playground and be, like, ‘Can you spell it?’” he says. “It was a cool spelling litmus test!”

Picked by Walt. Van Dyke was already a successful TV and Broadway actor when Walt Disney himself chose him to play the role of Bert, the chimney sweep, in Mary Poppins—without a screen test. The movie went on win five Oscars, and Van Dyke—who continues to get letters today from children about his loveable, singing, dancing character—is still working. “Retirement is a very bad idea,” he says. “If you’re doing something you like doing, why retire? It doesn’t make sense.”

Gotta Dance. “Dancing keeps me young,” says Van Dyke, who regularly goes out dancing with his wife of nearly seven years, makeup artist Arlene Silver, 46 years his junior. “I do a little dancing every day.” Miranda, whose youngest son, Francisco, was born just a few weeks after he and his wife, Vanessa Nadal, watched a rough cut of Mary Poppins Returns, says musicals are “the hardest art form. There is so much that needs to go right for a number to work and really lift off and give you goose bumps. And when it really works, there’s no more amazing feeling.”

Leave a Reply

You May Like