Disney gave fans another sneak peek at one of the new songs in the sequel Mary Poppins Returns. The sequel takes place in the 1930s, after the Great Depression has hit the city of London. Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt) comes back to Cherry Tree Lane after several decades, because the original Banks children, Michael and Jane, are now all grown up and struggling. Michael Banks (Ben Whishaw) is a widower, trying to raise three children and hold onto the family house.
Mary the magical nanny pops back into their lives after the new generation of Banks children fly that famous old kite with lamplighter Jack (Lin-Manuel Miranda). Disney has released trailers featuring a few of Mary Poppins’ new songs, but we finally got to hear Lin-Manuel Miranda sing as the Dick Van Dyke-esque character. Miranda is famous for creating and starring in the Broadway hit Hamilton. Even if you haven’t listened to the Hamilton soundtrack, you might recognize the song he wrote for Moana, “How Far I’ll Go,” which was nominated for an Oscar.
In this new Poppins song, Jack finally gets to strut his stuff in a song with the lamplighters. “Flick the lights and lead the way!” Jack sings while wielding a fire-lit pole. “Oh, when troubles are incessant, simply be more incandescent / For your light comes with a lifetime guarantee.”
Hamilton fans will be super excited about this. Miranda won’t just be singing, though.
“Believe it or not, in 1934 music hall style, he even gets to do a little rap,” Mary Poppins producer Marc Platt told a group of journalists on set, according to Nerdist. “It’s quite extraordinary.”
The original 1964 Mary Poppins sure didn’t have any rap. We wonder what Julie Andrews or Dick Van Dyke would say.
Fans will have to wait to see this until December 19 when Mary Poppins Returns comes to theater.