Chitty to Offer Early Curtain Times All Week

News   Chitty to Offer Early Curtain Times All Week This summer Chitty Chitty Bang Bang will become the first Broadway musical to offer 7 PM curtains for all evening performances.

As of July 5, the new musical at the Hilton Theatre will offer 7 rather than 8 PM curtains Tuesday through Saturday evenings. Matinees will continue to be offered Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2 PM and Sundays at 3 PM.

The family friendly production, which officially opens April 28, currently plays Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings at 7 PM, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM with matinees on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2 PM and Sundays at 3 PM.

Based on Ian Fleming's novel and the film of the same name, 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." The musical began previews March 27.

The 50-member cast is led by 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, Frank Raiter as the Toymaker, Henry Hodges as Jeremy and Ellen Marlow as Jemima.

Chitty features direction by Adrian Noble, 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 for the stage. The Hilton Theatre is located in Manhattan at 213 West 42nd Street. Tickets for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang are now available by calling Ticketmaster at (212) 307-4100 or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com.

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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang continues to play the London Palladium. It opened in London in April 2002.