The biggest question viewers have heading into Mary Poppins Returns is the soundtrack. The original Mary Poppins, released in 1964, is considered the best live-action film the studio has ever done. It was the only Disney movie to earn Oscar gold while Walt Disney was alive and the only Disney movie to land a Best Picture nomination other than 1992’s Beauty and The Beast. With the original Mary Poppins winning the Oscar for Best Score and Best Original Song, the Mary Poppins Returns soundtrack has massive shoes to fill.
Perhaps this is why the soundtrack being released is supersized, to say the least. The digital download, which is available for pre-order starting this week, is 27 tracks long. The first 14 songs are vocal tracks, featuring Emily Blunt as Poppins, Lin-Manuel Miranda as her pal Jack the Lamplighter, and the trio of Banks children. There are also a few guest appearances thrown in, including Ben Whishaw who plays the grown-up Michael Banks, as well as Meryl Streep, Julie Walters, Angela Lansbury, and yes, Dick Van Dyke himself.
The back half of the soundtrack is the original score. Written by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, the pair behind the Tony Award-winning musical Hairspray, all tracks are performed by Shaiman.
Here’s the full track listing.
The Mary Poppins Returns soundtrack arrives on Dec. 7, 2018, but is available for pre-order starting this week. The film arrives in theaters on Dec. 19, 2018.
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