Variety reports that Kudisch and Dilly may be part of the cast of the musical based on the classic film. Kudisch would portray Baron Bomburst and Dilly would be Truly Scrumptious. A spokesperson for Dilly told Playbill On-Line that the producers of the musical are interested in the actress, but no offer has yet been made.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, which is currently playing in London, will begin previews at the Ford Center for the Performing Arts March 27, 2005, with an official opening scheduled for April 28, 2005. Based on Ian Fleming's novel and film of the same name, Chitty 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."
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang will feature direction by Adrian Noble, musical staging by Gillian Lynne, sets and costumes by Anthony Ward, lighting by Mark Henderson and sound design by Andrew Bruce.
Marc Kudisch, currently starring in the Tony-winning revival of Assassins, earned a Tony nomination for his role as Trevor Graydon in the stage adaptation of Thoroughly Modern Millie. His other Broadway outings include Bells Are Ringing, The Wild Party, The Scarlet Pimpernel, High Society, Beauty and the Beast and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. His television credits include "Bye, Bye Birdie," "Sex and the City" and "Loving."
Erin Dilly's Broadway credits include the revivals of The Boys From Syracuse, Into the Woods and Follies. Dilly also starred in the national tours of South Pacific, Beauty and the Beast and Martin Guerre as well as the City Center Encores! mounting of Babes in Arms.
The Ford Center for the Performing Arts is located in Manhattan at 213 West 42nd Street.