Erin Dilly's spokesperson confirmed that the actress will play Truly Scrumptious, the role created in the original film by Sally Ann Howes. Dilly joins the previously announced Jan Maxwell, who will play Baroness Bomburst. Although it has not been confirmed, Playbill On-Line has learned that the Broadway company of the new musical may also include Marc Kudisch, Raul Esparza, Robert Sella and Chip Zien.
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.
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.