PEN­GUINS WITH A SPRIN­KLING OF HOL­LY­WOOD STARDUST

Irish Daily Mail - - Dermot Ahern -

THE scene where Dick Van Dyke as Bert tap­dances with four bow-tied pen­guin wait­ers was one of the most beloved from the orig­i­nal movie.

Now the dap­per pen­guins are back — named af­ter Hol­ly­wood le­gends, (Fred) As­taire, (Oliver) Hardy, (Cary) Grant and (Char­lie) Chap­lin — to per­form a mu­sic hall num­ber with Mary and Jack.

As well as some of the favourites from the 1964 movie, the film has nine new songs writ­ten by the same team who wrote the mu­si­cal Hair­spray, but which are in­tended to sound as if they could have been writ­ten in 1964.

Though she has to match Julie An­drews’s leg­endary singing voice, Emily Blunt eas­ily holds a note. Un­til spot­ted in a school pro­duc­tion at the Ed­in­burgh Fes­ti­val, she was con­sid­er­ing a ca­reer as a singer.

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