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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Musicals

LIMITED NEW RELEASE - Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Originally written for his son, Ian Fleming's book became the much loved 1968 film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. A sensational score by the renowned Sherman Brothers (Richard and Robert) includes such unforgettable songs as "Truly Scrumptious", "Toot Sweets", "Hushabye Mountain", and, of course its Oscar-nominated title song, "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang".

Reaching a new generation through an enthralling and enchanting stage musical, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang details the fantastic adventures of the out-of-the-ordinary car that flies through the air and sails the seas.


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Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman
and Robert B. Sherman
Adapted for the Stage by Jeremy Sams
and Ray Roderick
Based on the MGM Motion Picture


Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a stage musical based on the 1968 film of the same name produced by Albert R. Broccoli, which was in turn inspired by the novel Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang: The Magical Car by Ian Fleming. Fleming based his story upon the real Chitty Chitty Bang Bang car, which was built in 1921 by Count Louis Zborowski, the best known amateur racing driver of his time. Zborowski was an eccentric gentleman wealthy enough to own and race many cars both in Europe and America. He took racing very seriously but was known for his fun approach and colorful clothing. At Higham, along with engineer Captain Clive Gallop, the count built four aero-engined cars and called three of them 'Chitty Bang Bang’.

The musical premiered on the West End at the London Palladium April 16, 2002 with six new songs by the Sherman Brothers who wrote the original Academy Award nominated title song. The West End production, directed by Adrian Noble with musical staging and choreography by Gillian Lynne, closed in of September 2005. It was the longest running show ever at the London Palladium, taking in over 70 million pounds in its three and a half year run.

Filled with amazing stage spectacle and unforgettable songs, including the Academy Award nominated title song, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a feel-good story about the power of family and the bonds created to overcome any obstacle.


  • The song "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" was nominated for an Oscar in 1968.
  • Ian Fleming, the man whose imagination first gave flight to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, is best known as the author of 14 books about the world's most famous secret agent: James Bond.
  • The Chitty stage car (from the West End production) holds the Guinness World Record for being the most expensive prop in the history of British Theatre.


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