It is an uptempo song sung by Mary Poppins (Julie Andrews), instructing the two children, Jane (Karen Dotrice) and Michael (Matthew Garber) to clean their room. But even though the task is daunting, with a good attitude, it can still be fun. The melody is heard throughout the film as Mary's leitmotif.
In the musical, Robertson Ay and Mrs. Brill are helping Mrs. Banks for a tea party she's planning. Mrs. Brill tells Robertson Ay to make the frosting, which the kids try to do instead (with Robertson Ay giving them warnings). This causes the kitchen to fall apart. Mrs. Banks is shocked to see the kitchen in this shape, when she came down with Mary Poppins. Mary sends her upstairs to get dressed, while she gives Jane and Michael some medicine, which comes out different colors (just like the film). Cleaning the kitchen up is similar to cleaning up the nursery in the film.
THEATRE: There's More Than a Spoonful of Sugar Here (but It Slips Down OK) ; Mary Poppins Prince Edward LONDON the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe West Yorkshire Playhouse LEEDS Aladdin Hackney Empire LONDON
Dec 19, 2004; A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down. Everybody knows that, because Mary Poppins said so in the 1964 Disney film. Well,...