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Weddings

Banquets

Bar/Bat Mitzvahs

Showers

Reunions Anniversaries

Etc,
WE CATER AT MOST SYNAGOGUES,
TEMPLES, HOTELS AND THE HALLS OF YOUR CHOICE

Birthdays

The Flying Nanny

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s Geoffrey Goldberg travels
the country on tour with Mary
Poppins, he photographs at
least three places at each stop — the
theater where the show is playing, an
independent bookstore and a coffee
shop.
While the family musical runs Dec.
16-Jan. 2 at the Detroit Opera House,
Goldberg, the dance captain, will be
scouting city and suburbs for appropri-
ate sites in the last two categories.
"I take a picture of each theater from
the stage; says Goldberg, 27, who rates
Mary Poppins his favorite show."It's a
special picture because not many people
get to see the view from the stage.
"I'm driving my own car for this tour
and like to take photos of bookstores
and coffee shops because they are two
places where I love to go. It's fun to learn
about a city by discovering the kinds of
bookstores it has. In a coffee shop, I can
sit and relax and watch people."
Goldberg, who also takes professional
portraits for actors and conducts master
classes, has been with the Mary Poppins
North American tour since rehearsals
started in January 2009. The show, based
on P.L. Travers' stories and the 1964
Walt Disney film, features the Academy
Award-winning music as it depicts the
now legendary nanny.
"I'm responsible for keeping the origi-
nal choreography, and I'm also respon-
sible for training new people who join
our cast',' Goldberg says.
"I hold rehearsals and work as a
swing, which means I cover all the male
ensemble parts as well as stay prepared
to understudy. That's a challenge, but it
also keeps the show fresh for me:"
Goldberg started tap dancing les-
sons when he was 6 and living outside
Philadelphia. His parents regularly had

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taken him to the theater, and his interest
developed from that.
In middle school, Goldberg partici-
pated in musical theater in both school
and community productions. He earned
his bachelor of fine arts degree at New
York University.
"One of my first jobs after college was
a production of Singin' in the Rain in
Akron, [Ohio] ',' recalls Goldberg, whose
credits include productions of Chitty
Chitty Bang Bang and On the Town.
"Three of the last four years of my life
have been spent on the road with differ-
ent shows."
With some 600 Mary Poppins per-
formances completed, Goldberg says he
remains affected by the content.
"I think the story touches everyone no
matter what their circumstances:' says
the single entertainer. "It centers around
family, but it also centers around people's
personal positions, how they face their
fears and how they deal with their own
faults."
His favorite song in the show is "Feed
the Birds."
"It's beautiful with a haunting tune
and the message that it only takes a
tiny act to change the world:' explains
Goldberg, who had a bar mitzvah, was
confirmed and taught religious school
classes. "I think that's a powerful and
Jewish message:'

Mary Poppins runs Dec.16-Jan. 2 at the Detroit Opera House, 1526

Broadway. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays (no perfor-
mance on Friday, Dec. 24), 2 p.m. Wednesdays-Thursdays (there also is
a 2 p.m. matinee Saturday, Dec.18; no matinee performances on Dec.
25 or Jan. 1) and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sundays (no evening performance
on Jan. 2). On Friday, Dec. 31, the curtain goes up at 6:30 p.m. Tickets
start at $25. (313) 872-1000; www.BroadwayinDetroit.com .

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