In 1968, Dick Van Dyke and Sally Ann Howe made the film Chitty-Chitty Bang Bang an instant classic. Now, audiences can see it performed live, with Chitty-Chitty Bang Bang, the Musical.
The Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Experience
Chitty-Chitty Bang Bang brings a beautiful children's fantasy to life, with brightly coloured sets, catchy tunes, comical characters, powerful vocal numbers and enchanting dance routines. Called Truly Scrumptious by the Guardian, which rated it four stars, it has also met widespread approval from theatre critics.
More About Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Chitty-Chitty Bang Bang is one of the most popular and beloved musicals in the world. Part of the reason for the comedy's success is its casting. Actor Dick Van Dyke charmed audiences so much with his portrayal of inventor Caractacus Potts that fans continue to serenade him with songs from the film when he goes out on the town.
Today's stars hold similar appeal. One of the actors chosen to play Potts on stage is Lee Mead, who won acclaim for his portrayal of Joseph in Joseph and the Technicolor Dream Coat. Mead's tenor voice also received praise when he played the role of Fiyero in Wicked. Mead is also known for his appearances on television shows including Casualty and Bedlam. Actor Jason Manford, who shares the role of Caractacus Potts with Mead, is a comedic actor. He is known for hosting shows including Comedy Rocks and Show Me the Funny.
The show also stars actresses Charlotte Wakefield and Carrie Hope Fletcher as Pott's love interest, the upper-class beauty Truly Scrumptious. Wakefield was twice nominated for the Laurence Olivier award for her roles as Maria in the Sound of Music and Wenda Bergman in Spring Awakening. Fletcher, meanwhile, played Jemima Potts in the original stage version of Chitty-Chitty Bang Bang the Musical when she was nine years old. She won a WhatsOnStage Award for Best Takeover in a Role when she took on the role of Eponine in the stage production of Les Miserables. She has also appeared in television in shows such as Break Kids and In Two Minds.
Beneath Chitty-Chitty Bang Bang's Bonnet
The film features catchy, upbeat melodies like, "Act English," "Truly Scrumptious," and, of course, "Chitty-Chitty Bang Bang." Each song was created by the award-winning Sherman Brothers, who also created scores for family-friendly films including The Parent Trap, Mary Poppins and The Aristocrats.
Surprisingly, family-friendly Chitty-Chitty Bang Bang is based on a novel by Ian Fleming - the author who wrote the James Bond series. Meanwhile, the screenplay, based on this book, was created by Roald Dahl. Dahl is best known for his authorship of children's books including Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The BFG and Charlie's Marvelous Medicine. Yet he also wrote several screen plays, including the screenplay for another Fleming-based picture, You Only Live Twice. Chitty-Chitty Bang Bang was one of his most successful screen writing endeavours.