Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Opens Its Wings on Broadway April 28

News   Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Opens Its Wings on Broadway April 28 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, which is billed as a "fantasmagorical stage musical," officially opens at the newly renamed Hilton Theatre April 28. Previews for the production, based on the novel and film of the same name, began March 27.

Raul Esparza in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Raul Esparza in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Photo by Joan Marcus

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang originated in the West End in 2002, where it continues to play the London Palladium. The Broadway company stars 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 are played by Henry Hodges (as Jeremy) and Ellen Marlow (as Jemima).

The nearly 50-member company features the talents of Ken Kantor as Lord Scrumptious, Dirk Lumbard as Phillips/Coggins/Inventor, JB Adams as Chicken Farmer/Inventor, Kurt Von Schmittou as Sid/Inventor, Robert Creighton as Inventor, Rick Faugno as Inventor, William Ryall as Inventor, Robyn Hurder as Violet and Michael Herwitz as Toby. The ensemble comprises Tolan Aman, Julie Barnes, Troy E. Bowles, Jeff Broadhurst, Antonio D’amato, Struan Erlenborn, Ashlee Fife, Emily Fletcher, Kearren Giovanni, Rod Harrelson, Ben Hartley, Merritt Tyler Hawkins, Libbie Jacobson, Matt Loehr, Mayumi Miguel, Malcolm Morano, Jaclyn Neidenthal, Heather Parcells, Lurie Poston, Craig Ramsay, Alex Sanchez, Bret Shuford, Janelle Viscomi, Emma Wahl and Brynn Williams with Phillip Attmore, Rick Hilsabeck, Joanne Manning, Jeff Siebert and Julie Tolivar as swings.

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 directs 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.

About the show, co-star Dilly recently told Playbill.com, "Honestly, I think it's a great family show. Obviously, visually it's going to be delicious for a child to watch, but there's a lot of adult humor. There's a story that's engaging for everybody. There's a beautiful reparation of this family. It's not at all [just] a children's show, which I think could be an easy misconception. It most definitely will open doors for a new generation to come to the theatre, but I think it's for all kinds of ages." And, director Noble added, "It's a show we think combines extraordinary technological and scenic achievement with a heart as big as Broadway." The musical recently announced that it will offer earlier show times three nights a week. The complete playing schedule follows: Tuesday-Thursday evenings at 7 PM, Friday and Saturday nights at 8 PM with matinees on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2 PM and Sundays at 3 PM. And, as of July 5, the new musical will offer 7 PM rather than 8 PM curtains all week (Tuesday through Saturday evenings). Matinees will continue to be offered Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2 PM and Sundays at 3 PM.

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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From Left: Ellen Marlow, Raul Esparza, Philip Bosco, Henry Hodges and Erin Dilly in <i>Chitty Chitty Bang Bang</i>
From Left: Ellen Marlow, Raul Esparza, Philip Bosco, Henry Hodges and Erin Dilly in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Photo by Joan Marcus
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