Auto Pilot: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Away Dec. 31

News   Auto Pilot: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Away Dec. 31 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the musical based on the novel and film of the same name about a magical flying car, will play its final performance at Broadway's newly renamed Hilton Theatre Dec. 31.

Jan Maxwell and Marc Kudisch in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
Jan Maxwell and Marc Kudisch in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Photo by Joan Marcus

Chitty, billed as a "fantasmagorical stage musical," began Broadway previews March 27 and officially opened April 28. The production will have played 34 previews and 285 regular performances.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang originated in the West End in 2002. The original Broadway company featured Raul Esparza as Caractacus Potts, Erin Dilly as Truly Scrumptious, Philip Bosco as Grandpa Potts, Marc Kudisch as Baron Bomburst, Jan Maxwell as Baroness Bomburst, Chip Zien as Goran, Robert Sella as Boris, Kevin Cahoon as the Childcatcher and Frank Raiter as the Toymaker. The children were played by Henry Hodges (as Jeremy) and Ellen Marlow (as Jemima).

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang features music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman. Song titles include "Truly Scrumptious," "Toot Sweets," "Hushabye Mountain" and the Oscar-nominated title song "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang."

Adrian Noble directed with musical staging by Gillian Lynne, sets and costumes by Anthony Ward, lighting by Mark Henderson, sound design by Andrew Bruce, orchestrations and dance arrangements by Chris Walker, musical supervision by Robert Scott and musical direction by Kristen Blodgette. Jeremy Sams adapted the show — which boasts a flying car — for the stage.

Tickets for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang are available by calling Ticketmaster at (212) 307-4100 or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com.

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Philip Bosco and company members in in <i>Chitty Chitty Bang Bang</i>.
Philip Bosco and company members in in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Photo by Joan Marcus