The pressure of composing new music for ‘Mary Poppins’

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Composer Marc Shaiman grew up idolizing the Sherman brothers, so it is only fitting that he would be the one taking on the gargantuan task of creating a score and nine original songs for “Mary Poppins Returns .”

He and his co-lyricist Scott Wittman say that the new music has been done in the spirit of the Robert and Richard Sherman and meant as a tribute to them.

Wittman says they’re proud of the movie because it could have gone wrong in so many ways.

Directed by Rob Marshall, “Mary Poppins Returns” stars Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda. It opens in theaters nationwide on Dec. 19.

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