By Andrew Gans
27 Mar 2005
The "fantasmagorical stage musical," which originated in the West End in 2002 — it continues to play the London Palladium — 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." The musical will officially open April 28.
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 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.
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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