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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, also known as Chitty the Musical, is a stage musical based on the 1968 film produced by Cubby Broccoli. The music and lyrics were written by Richard and Robert Sherman with book by Jeremy Sams. It opened in the West Endmarker at the London Palladiummarker theatre on April 16, 2002 with six new songs by the Sherman Brothers who wrote the original academy award nominated title and song score as well. The London production, directed by Adrian Noble with musical staging and choreography by Gillian Lynne, closed in September 2005. It was the longest running show ever at the London Palladium, taking over £70 million in its three and a half year run.

Subsequent productions

A Broadwaymarker production opened on April 28, 2005 at the Hilton Theatremarker in New York City, garnering good reviews only for the lavish sets. (Ben Brantley in the New York Times of April 29, 2005, noted that the show "naggingly recalls the cold, futurist milieus of movies like 'Modern Times' and 'Metropolis,' in which machines rule the universe" and featured songs that sounded "not unlike what you might hear in sing-along hour in a pre-K class"). The production was again directed by Adrian Noble with choreography by Gillian Lynne and starred Raúl Esparza (Caractacus Potts), Erin Dilly (Truly Scrumptious), Philip Bosco (Grandpa Potts), Marc Kudisch (Baron Bomburst) and Jan Maxwell (Baroness Bomburst). The Broadway production closed on December 31, 2005 after 34 previews and 285 regular performances, losing its entire financial investment.

The London Palladium in 2004


Since closing in London, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang most recently toured around the UK, stopping in Sunderlandmarker (9 December 2005- 4 March 2006), Manchestermarker (20 March 2006- 10 June 2006), Birminghammarker (23 June 2006- 2 September 2006), Liverpoolmarker (18 September 2006- 18 November 2006), Edinburghmarker (1 December 2006- 24 February 2007), Bristolmarker (9 March 2007- 9 June 2007) and Southamptonmarker (25 June- 15 September 2007), Bradfordmarker (11 February 2008 - 5 April 2008), Sunderlandmarker (17 April 2008 - 7 June 2008), Cardiffmarker (3 July 2008 - 30 August 2008).

The UK Tour visited Asia for the first time when it opened on 2 November 2007 in Singaporemarker's Esplanade - Theatres on the Baymarker. Encouraging ticket sales resulted in an extension of the show to 9 December, adding 24 more shows to a run which was originally planned to end on 18 November 2007.

The show is currently touring the USA and Canada which started in October 2008 and is currently scheduled until Summer 2009.

The show will once again tour the UK in July 2009 opening at the Theatre Royalmarker in Plymouthmarker with dates currently booked through September 2010. A complete rewrite of the show, including a brand new opening sequence and dance arrangements more closely reminiscent of the original film, plus a new car and set design, ensures a fresh new take to the production. Darren Bennett (not to be confused with the dancer from Strictly Come Dancing) will be starring as Caractacus Potts.

Songs/musical numbers

Act 1


Act 2


NB: In the 2009 tour, the following songs are ommited: "Come to the Funfair", "Kiddy-Widdy-Winkies", "Us Two/Chitty Prayer". The company has replaced "Kiddy-Widdy-Winkies" with a version of "Lovely Lonely Man" from the original film, sung by Truly Scrumptious. The overall script is also changed to more closely match the film, notably, missing the childcatcher tricking the family by dressing as the Toymaker and Grandpa.

Cast of the London Production

Original Cast (2002)



Final Cast (2005)



  • Many actors have appeared in the London Production during its run. Many notable performers include;
Brian Conley & Gary Wilmot as Caractacus Potts; Caroline Sheen & Scarlett Strallen as Truly Scrumptious; Sandra Dickinson & Louise Gold as Baroness Bomburst; Victor Spinetti & Christopher Biggins as Baron Bomburst; Paul O'Grady, Peter Polycarpou, Lionel Blair, Stephen Gately & Derek Griffiths as The Childcatcher.

1st UK National Tour (2005-2008)

Original Tour Cast (2005)



Final Tour Cast - (2008)



  • Many actors have appeared on the UK Tour during its first run. Many notable performers include;
Brian Conley, Gary Wilmot, Joe McFadden, Craig McLachlan, Kevin Kennedy & Matt Baker as Caractacus Potts; Barbara Rafferty & Louise Plowright as Baroness Bomburst; David Henry & Ken Morley as Baron Bomburst; Robin Askwirth, Kevin Kennedy, Nigel Garton, Leon Lopez, Alvin Stardust, Russ Spencer, Richard O'Brien, Christopher Timothy & Wayne Sleep as The Childcatcher.

2nd UK National Tour (2009)

Jemima-Hannah LowtherJeremy-Tom Higgins

Jemima-Rosanna BarnesJeremy-Oliver McNeill

Original Tour Cast



Awards and nominations

West End

Olivier Award
  • The Hilton Award for Best New Musical (nominee)
  • Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical or Entertainment (Nichola McAuliffe) (nominee)
  • Best Set Design (Anthony Ward) (nominee)


Broadway



References

  1. Brantley, Ben. "She's a Diva on Wheels of Song." Theater section, New York Times, April 29, 2005. Retrieved February 29, 2008.
  2. 2005 Broadway box office grosses for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at Broadwayworld.com
  3. Majid, Hasnita A. ""Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" musical to extend run till Dec 9." Channel NewsAsia.com, November 1, 2007. Retrieved February 29, 2008.
  4. "Chitty Chitty to open with a big Bang Bang in Singapore." MI6 News, October 4, 2007. Retrieved February 29, 2008.

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