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    'Mary Poppins' umbrella sales increasing

    'Mary Poppins' umbrella sales increasing

    NEW YORK, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- Since the musical "Mary Poppins" began previews Saturday at New York's New Amsterdam Theatre, sales of its trademark umbrella have dramatically increased.

    The parrot-handled umbrella used in the stage production has become a popular sales item at the New York locale since the musical's launch -- despite its $40 price tag -- said the New York Post.

    The item which the famous magical nanny calls her own pales in comparison in cost to the "retractable beak" umbrella the Walt Disney Co., whose 1961 film popularized the musical, sells online.

    That piece of memorabilia from the Hollywood studio's Web site costs $99.95 per umbrella, the Post said.
    http://www.upi.com/NewsTrack/view.ph...9-060319-7154r
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    Re: 'Mary Poppins' umbrella sales increasing

    I've been wanting one of these SO bad! Ever since I found them online on the London Musical web site!



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    Re: 'Mary Poppins' umbrella sales increasing

    Id buy it.
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    Re: 'Mary Poppins' umbrella sales increasing

    Sell Them at WDW they sure would come in handy for those aftenoon downpours



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    Re: 'Mary Poppins' umbrella sales increasing

    I'd buy that in a heartbeat !! Thanks for the post. I' see if I can find the "retractable beak" umbrella online.
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    Re: 'Mary Poppins' umbrella sales increasing

    I'll have to remember this next month.
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    Re: 'Mary Poppins' umbrella sales increasing

    One of the guys I worked with had one and loved it. I wonder if the cast and crew has the fun umbrella...

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    Re: 'Mary Poppins' umbrella sales increasing

    Yeah, I saw the show in London last year when it first opened, and I almost bought the umbrella...Mary Poppins is my fav Disney movie, and I thought it would be cool to have her parrot umbrella...but it was 25 pounds which equals about 50 dollars, so I perhaps I'll buy it in NY :0)
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    Re: 'Mary Poppins' umbrella sales increasing

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    Re: 'Mary Poppins' umbrella sales increasing

    Quote Originally Posted by princedalton View Post
    Yeah, I saw the show in London last year when it first opened, and I almost bought the umbrella...Mary Poppins is my fav Disney movie, and I thought it would be cool to have her parrot umbrella...but it was 25 pounds which equals about 50 dollars, so I perhaps I'll buy it in NY :0)
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    Re: 'Mary Poppins' umbrella sales increasing

    I picked up the umbrella today, and it was $40.

    Still the most expensive umbrella I have ever bought, but whatever...it's Mary Poppins!
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    Re: 'Mary Poppins' umbrella sales increasing

    Here is a link to the cool version at disneyshopping.com:

    http://disneyshopping.go.com/webapp/...tegoryId=14843

    >>Mary Poppins Articulated Parrot-Handled Umbrella

    $99.95 (Item #96483P)

    After Mary Poppins arrived with her fanciful Parrot-handled umbrella, Number 17 Cherry Tree Lane was never the same again. Walt Disney Collectibles presents this practically perfect umbrella, inspired by the original prop from Walt Disney's 1964 musical masterpiece ''Mary Poppins.'' The wooden Parrot handle observes the world through baleful glass eyes...un-moved until a deft touch of the hand opens its articulated beak, which opens and closes like a puppet. Adventure is yours until the wind changes. This item is not 100% water resistant. Comes in sensible lined-box. 39'' L x 3'' W x 2'' D. Wood, Iron, 100% Cotton. Certificate of Authenticity. Imported.<<

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    Re: 'Mary Poppins' umbrella sales increasing

    Tuner trumpet their trinkets

    Musicals ring up millions in sales
    with range of sophisticated souvenirs

    By Gordon Cox
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    January 1, 2007

    Broadway merchandising is growing up.

    Twenty years ago it wasn't uncommon for theaters to stock a skimpy inventory of souvenir T-shirts, posters and programs.

    But swag has evolved ever since tuners such as "The Phantom of the Opera" learned the marketing value of iconic logos. Now some newer kids on the block -- including "The Color Purple" and "Wicked," which reports 2006 merchandise receipts of a whopping $6.25 million at the show's Broadway outpost alone -- have raised the stakes even higher, turning merchandise into a booming ancillary biz.

    "Merchandising has gotten more sophisticated," says David Schrader, managing director and chief financial officer of Disney Theatrical Prods., which trades on its own shows (including "Mary Poppins" and "The Lion King") in the U.S. and the U.K. "Sellers are paying more attention and getting a little smarter, and the consumer seems to be more accepting of it."

    Disney has always done well on the merchandise front, which is no surprise to those who associate Broadway trinkets with kids' stuff such as "The Lion King's" Simba beanbag, one of that production's top-selling items.

    But even Disney didn't expect a higher-end product for grown-ups, a sturdy parrot-head umbrella that retails for $40, to turn into the strong seller it has become for "Mary Poppins."
    http://www.variety.com/article/VR111...goryid=15&cs=1

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    Re: 'Mary Poppins' umbrella sales increasing

    Quote Originally Posted by merlinjones View Post
    Here is a link to the cool version at disneyshopping.com:

    http://disneyshopping.go.com/webapp/...tegoryId=14843

    >>Mary Poppins Articulated Parrot-Handled Umbrella

    $99.95 (Item #96483P)

    After Mary Poppins arrived with her fanciful Parrot-handled umbrella, Number 17 Cherry Tree Lane was never the same again. Walt Disney Collectibles presents this practically perfect umbrella, inspired by the original prop from Walt Disney's 1964 musical masterpiece ''Mary Poppins.'' The wooden Parrot handle observes the world through baleful glass eyes...un-moved until a deft touch of the hand opens its articulated beak, which opens and closes like a puppet. Adventure is yours until the wind changes. This item is not 100&#37; water resistant. Comes in sensible lined-box. 39'' L x 3'' W x 2'' D. Wood, Iron, 100% Cotton. Certificate of Authenticity. Imported.<<
    Now on sale for $49.99!!


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    Re: 'Mary Poppins' umbrella sales increasing

    I want one!

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