“Step In Time” from MARY POPPINS on Broadway

“Step In Time” from MARY POPPINS on Broadway


Hi, I’m George Stiles. In 1964, when the world first saw Marc Beaux and Dee Dee Wood’s brilliant choreography for the Step in Time number of Walt Disney’s glorious film of Mary Poppins, the number was essentially a fantastic party held on the rooftops of London. Our task for the stage version was to set the number into the expanded story of our show. Mary and Bert introduce Jane and Michael Banks to the mysterious world of the chimney sweeps, who are essentially guardian angels. Mary tells them that these guardians are always there when you need them, ready to step in, to step in, just in time. Take a look at this exclusive performance of the number choreographed by Matthew Bourne and Stephen Mear from our Broadway production. Bert: Look out there! Bert: We will step in
Sweeps: Step in time. Bert: We will step in
Sweeps: Step in time. Bert: Never need a reason, never need a rhyme Bert: We will step in
Sweeps: Step in time. Bert and Sweeps: Over the rooftops, step in time. Over the rooftops, step in time. Never need a reason, never need a rhyme. Over the rooftops, step in time! Sweeps: Watch your step but, step in time. Watch your step but, step in time. Never need a reason, never need a rhyme. What where you step but, step in time Kick your knees up, step in time Kick your knees up, step in time Never need a reason, never need a rhyme Kick your knees up, step in time! Mary: Childhood is a step in time, parenthood’s the same Mary and Bert: Never miss a chance to get it right Bert: Don’t it seem a perfect crime, don’t it seem a shame Mary and Bert: When the steps aren’t going, as smoothly as they might. Sweeps: That’s when we step in, step in time That’s when we step, step in time. Never need a reason, never need a rhyme That’s when we step in, step in time. Bert: [spoken] Here we go! All: Link your elbows, step in time Link your elbows, step in time Never need a reason, never need a rhyme Link your elbows, step in time! Link your elbows, step in time! Mary: Just remember when you’re low Feeling in the wars Sweeps: Someone’s up your chimney Mary: And it isn’t Santa Claus! Sweeps: If you need us, if you don’t Doesn’t make much odds, We’ll be watching over you Brushes, brooms, Bert: and Rods! [spoken] All right fellas, I’m going for it! Over the rooftops… Bert and Sweeps: Over the rooftops Over the rooftops Over the rooftops Over the rooftops, step in time Over the rooftops, step in time Never need a reason, never need a rhyme Bert, Over the rooftops, step in time! Sweeps: Link your elbows, step in time Link your elbows, step in time Never need a reason, never need a rhyme Link your elbows, step in time! Kick your knees up, step in time Kick your knees up, step in time Never need a reason, never need a rhyme Kick your knees up, step in time Oh, step in time, step in time! Step! Step! Step! Step in time, step in time Step! Step! Step! Never need a reason, never need a rhyme Never need a reason, never need a rhyme Kick your knees up, kick your knees up Kick your knees up, kick your knees up Step, step, step, step, step, step, step, step
Step, step, step, step, step, step, step, step! Never need a reason if you step in time!

100 Replies to ““Step In Time” from MARY POPPINS on Broadway”

  1. What a wonderful musical number! This is even better than the movie version! So many crossovers were running through my head as I was hearing this.

  2. The little girl is excellent! Always smiling and acting appropriately. The little boy was miscast to say the least. He shows no real emotion. How he got the part is beyond me. Watch this again carefully focusing on the children and you will see that I am correct.

  3. First a tap dance upside down on the ceiling, now a tap dance with four legs xD. Hats off to you, Gavin, you're one talented dude!

  4. it may be since the movie version was the first i saw but in my opinion while good this version cant even compare to the movie version for me

  5. One thing I always loved about this song – here and in the film as well – is the beautiful contrast between Mary Poppins feminine grace set against the ruggedness of the chimney sweeps. After having seen "Saving Mr. Banks" and read many articles on P.L. Travers, it saddens me that she could never seem to reconcile herself with Disney's treatment of this story. She claimed that Julie was too pretty for the part. Personally, I can't imagine anyone else playing her!

  6. Gavin Lee, the actor of Bert is now Squidward in the spongebob musical! That explains why squid’s so good at tap😂

  7. Ashley Brown went to my high school and had the same drama teacher as me! I love her so much and she’s one of my biggest inspirations. I got to meet her at a musical theatre intensive I took over the summer in our hometown and she was super super nice! I hope she does more Broadway shows in the future.

  8. My school is doing this production and i didn't anything about Mary Poppins lol, but when Step In Time played everyone knew they are whipping out the tap shoes haha im a tapper and have been tapping for years, this is by far my favorite tap number!

  9. I dunno what it is i find it lacking… as a kid and adult now id watch mary poppins the chimney sweeps wer manly men and danced like men, these guys i feel are lacking in energy? N they lost their sweeps like 2 mins in… no goose step? No "hows ya butler?" No lead vocal being a leader to the other blokes to "step in time".. u know what happens if ur out of time? They sweep ya off the roof top.
    So Yea im pre disappointed they need better dancers with more energy.

  10. I love this choreography, the tap dancing is so good ! But am I the only one who find the actress who plays Mary Poppins a little bit scary, or I don't know, strict ?

  11. I hope this gets rebooted now that a new movie is coming out. It was so wonderful when I saw it live I would love to see it again.

  12. My problem with this is that it doesn't address same point. Chimney sweeps as guardian angels? Are you kidding?! The point of this setting is to show the ways the low-class people could invent their own fun even though they aren't magical and don't have opportunities to have fancy outings or material pleasures. "It's not a bunch of roofs to clean. It's a jungle waiting to be explored." Dancing free and enjoying each others company provided contrast to Mr.Banks showcasing chances he never had though having all the money he could ever need. Friends, imagination and a positive outlook on life away from the rigid structure of society. "Our life may be bottom-worthy, but we know how to have a good time".

  13. That is a fantastic performance by all the cast members. Far superior to the Disney version and done live as well. Who could possibly criticise that.

  14. Thank you for sharing.
    Chimney sweeps with shiny shoes. Lol
    Nice choreography.
    The set looks realistic.
    The lead guy tap dancing and singing upside down. What power.

  15. Wow, I was in Mary poppins jr at my school, and it’s so weird to see it like that, since our version was just five tapdancers and Bert, the kids and Mary.

  16. I saw this show twice; once while it was touring and once on Broadway. It was my first Broadway musical and this video brings back so much nostalgia.

  17. I haven’t seen this live in seven years, but this is the scene that I remember so vividly. I adore this show. It’s my dream to be in this show one day.

  18. Looking back on this, after Gavin Lee's run in Spongebob. It seems the man has a thing for inventive tap-dance sequences!

  19. My school is doing the all school musical as Mary Poppins. The wall climbing part is really cool in real life. But instead of going all the way across the stage, Bert goes to the middle and spins to the ground.

  20. I come back to watch my brother in this all the time watching this number as a kid all the time was wild no matter how many times I saw it always blew my mom

  21. My best friends (Delna and Mehak) and I played chimney sweepers with clocks painted on our faces in our school production of Mary Poppins. The music was produced by our music teacher Ms. Couhtino.

  22. The movie version was one of the greatest ensemble dances ever choreographed. It was original, breathtakingly vibrant, jaw-droppingly athletic and, most of all, had nothing "show-bizzy" about it. Nothing on stage can replicate its electric energy — for all that it was shot in 1964 — or its sponteneity.

  23. We did this at my school this past year and when my friend who played Burt did the walk up the wall i would freak out on the inside and pray he wouldn't get hurt

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