The sky in the big smoke doesn’t have a great reputation. What looks blue in storybooks feels dreary in the real world, while it’s easier to spend time glued to a screen instead of lifting our heads.
We complain about the weather in lieu of saying hello, but in Mary Poppins Returns, our fair city receives a compliment before anything else happens. Hamilton mastermind Lin-Manuel Miranda is a tourist playing the guide, as his character Jack (a lamplighter who was Bert’s apprentice in the 1964 film) welcomes you in like an old friend with the opening number ‘(Underneath the) Lovely London Sky’.
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