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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Genre Comedy/Satire; Fantasy/Adventure
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Composer Richard M Sherman; Robert B Sherman
Lyricist Richard M Sherman; Robert B Sherman
Book By
 
Other Credits Adapted for the Stage by Jeremy Sams and Ray Roderick; Based on the MGM Motion Picture
Format Book Musical
Type Full Length
Status Some Restrictions Apply: This work is currently only available for application by schools in Australia and by musical societies in Australia and New Zealand.
Version UK National Tour Version

Short Synopsis

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.

Rehearsal Materials

Rehearsal Materials on Hire

CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG REHEARSAL SET

  • 30 × CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG LIBRETTO/VOCAL BOOK
  • 2 × CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG PIANO/VOCAL SCORE

Orchestral Materials

All available orchestrations for this show are displayed below. On application, you will be required to select the orchestration that you wish to use for your performance.

Orchestral Materials on Hire

CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG ORCHESTRAL SET

  • 1 × CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG BASS (ACOUSTIC BASS, ELECTRIC BASS)
  • 1 × CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG HORN
  • 1 × CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG KEYBOARD I
  • 1 × CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG KEYBOARD II
  • 1 × CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG DRUMS/PERCUSSION I (CHINESE CYMBAL, CONCERT BASS DRUM, COW BELL, DRUM KIT, FINGER CYMBALS, GUIRO, LIGHT RATCHET, MARK TREE, PIATTI, SANDPAPER BLOCK, TEMPLE BLOCKS, TIMBALE, TRIANGLE, WOOD BLOCK)
  • 1 × CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG PERCUSSION II (BELL TREE, CASTANETS, CONCERT BASS DRUM, CONGAS, COWBELL, DUCK WHISTLE, GLOCKENSPIEL, LARGE SHAKER, MARK TREE, ORCHESTRA BELLS, PIATTI, RATCHET, SHAKER, SIREN WHISTLE, SMALL TOM TOM, SMALL TRIANGLE, SPLASH CYMBAL, SUSPENDED CYMBAL, TIMPANI, TOM TOM, TRIANGLE, TUBULAR BELLS, VIBRASLAP, WHISTLE, WOOD BLOCK, XYLOPHONE)
  • 1 × CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG REED I (ALTO SAXOPHONE, CLARINET, FLUTE, PICCOLO)
  • 1 × CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG REED II (COR ANGLAIS, ENGLISH HORN, OBOE)
  • 1 × CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG REED III (Bb CLARINET, BASS CLARINET, Eb CLARINET, FLUTE)
  • 1 × CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG TROMBONE (EUPHONIUM, TROMBONE)
  • 1 × CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG TRUMPET I (CORNET, FLUGELHORN, TRUMPET)
  • 1 × CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG TRUMPET II (CORNET, FLUGELHORN, TRUMPET)

PERFORM WITH PIANO ONLY

Theatrical Resources

Theatrical Resources on Sale

Optional Extras

CHITTY LOGO PACK (A$85.00)

Theatrical Resources on Hire

Optional Extras

CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG FULL SCORE SET (A$105.00)

  • 1 × CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG FULL SCORE ACT I
  • 1 × CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG FULL SCORE ACT II

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Casting Information

Dance Requirement: Standard

Character Breakdown

JEREMY & JEMIMA POTTS: Caractacus Potts's children

A TURKEY FARMER: A farmer who finds a new use for one of Caractacus' inventions

BARON BOMBURST: Tyrannical ruler of Vulgaria, a lover of toys

BARONESS BOMBURST: Head of the Vulgarian Parliament, a hater of children

BORIS & GORAN: Two Vulgarian spies

CARACTACUS POTTS: An eccentric, brilliant, English inventor

CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG: The magical, fantasmagorical car!

EMPLOYEES AT THE SCRUMPTIOUS SWEET FACTORY

ENGLISH CITIZENS, VULGARIAN CHILDREN, CITIZENS & SOLDIERS

GRANDPA POTTS: Caractacus Potts's father, a former war hero. Also named Caractacus

INVENTORS, PRISONERS OF BARON BOMBURST

LORD SCRUMPTIOUS: Owner of the Scrumptious Sweet Factory

MR. COGGINS: Owner of the Coggins Junkyard

PHILLIPS: Receptionist at the Scrumptious Sweet Factory

THE CHILDCATCHER: He makes sure that Vulgaria is child-free (or so he thinks!)

THE TOYMAKER: With all children outlawed in Vulgaria, this toy-making genius only works for the child-like Baron

TOBY: A Vulgarian child

TRULY SCRUMPTIOUS: Daughter of the famous candy maker, Lord Scrumptious, Truly is a whiz at mechanics

VIOLET & SID: An English couple who meet Caractacus at the Fairgrounds

Detailed Synopsis

ACT ONE

The scene is Mr. Coggins' Junkyard. As the story begins, Mr. Coggins is describing the last race of a great racecar ("There Never Was a Car"). The English car was the star of her day, but she met her end during the British Grand Prix of 1910, when the Vulgarians sabotaged her. Now she is a lonely wreck, with only two children, Jeremy and Jemima, to care for her. The children have come to love the old car, and they are shocked when Coggins tells them he must sell it. He promises tem that if they can raise 40 shillings, they can have the car. Meanwhile, Truly Scrumptious has arrived at the junkyard, searching for a part for her motorcycle. She is distressed to see the two children out of school. As they leave, two Vulgarian spies enter. They have been searching for the legendary car for years and are determined to get it before the children.

Truly takes the children home and meets their father, Caractacus Potts. The Potts' family lives in an old windmill. Potts shows Truly his many amazing inventions, including a new type of candy. Truly and Potts argue about how he is raising the children, and she leaves. Potts and the children prepare to eat ("I Have You Two"). Jeremy and Jemima tell their father about Coggins' offer to sell the car, and he promises them he will try. Grandpa tries the new candy his son has invented and realises that it can make a beautiful whistling sound.

The next day, Potts and the children pay a visit to the Scrumptious Sweet Factory, trying to sell his new candy, which he calls Toots Sweets. They run into Truly, who tries to get to her father, Lord Scrumptious, to buy it ("Toots Sweets"). The candy-maker tries one, blowing on its whistle, which causes dozens of wild dogs to invade the factory. Potts and his family make a hasty retreat.

Meanwhile, the two spies have raised the money to buy the car, but they realise that Coggins will never sell it to two Vulgarians. They decide to disguise themselves as Englishman ("Act English").

Back at the windmill, Potts is more determined than ever to buy the car for his children. He sings them a lullaby ("Hushabye Mountain"), then takes one of his inventions, an automatic haircutting machine, to a local fair. There he meets Violet and her boyfriend, Sid. The machine cuts all of Sid's hair off and he is furious! Potts tries to make his escape and gets caught up in some dancers getting ready to perform. ("Me Ol' Bamboo)

Luckily for Potts, he runs into a Turkey Farmer, who wants to use his haircutting machine to pluck and cook turkey. Potts finally gets his 40 shillings and is able to buy the car.

Potts sets to work fixing the car while Grandpa and the children keep the house in order ("Posh"). The two spies lurk in the shadows, waiting for their moment to pounce.

Finally, Potts is finished. Truly arrives and they all admire the gleaming car, which they name Chitty Chitty Bang Bang after the sound she makes ("Chitty Chitty Bang Bang"). They decide to go on a picnic at the seaside. Once there, Jeremy and Jemima tell Truly that they love her, and she confesses that she cares for them as well ("Truly Scrumptious").

As the children sleep, Caractacus and Truly begin to realise that they have feelings for each other. Distracted, they don't realise that the tide has come in and surrounded the car. And if that wasn't bad enough, a Vulgarian ship begins to fire on them! Suddenly Chitty begins to transform into a boat-car, and they are able to escape their pursuers. Learning that Chitty can float on the water makes Baron Bomburst want the car even more.

Back at the windmill, thinking that Grandpa is the inventor they are looking for, the Vulgarians kidnap Grandpa by lifting him up in his hut with a large hook attached to an airship. Caractacus, Truly and the children speed after them, not realizing they are heading straight for a cliff. As they plummet to the ground, Chitty grows wings and takes flight to Vulgaria in pursuit of Grandpa!

ACT TWO

The Vulgarian air ship deposits Grandpa in the Vulgarian town square. Still believing that Grandpa is a brilliant inventor, Baron Bomburst orders him, on pain of death, to make his car float and fly. Grandpa meets six inventors who have been prisoners of the Baron for years. Grandpa despairs, but the inventors tell him that nothing is impossible ("The Roses of Success").

Caractacus, Truly and the children arrive in Vulgaria, secretly searching for Grandpa. The Toymaker brings them into his shop just in time, for the Childcatcher appears, sniffing the air for the thing the Baroness has banned from all Vulgaria - children! ("The Childcatcher's Song")

The Toymaker shows Potts where the people of Vulgaria have hidden their children - underground, in the sewers. At the toyshop the Childcatcher tricks Truly and takes Jeremy and Jemima.

In the sewers, Potts is determined not only to rescue his children and Grandpa, but to put an end to the misery of Vulgaria ("Teamwork Can Make a Dream Work").

The scene shifts to the Baron and the Baroness as they prepare for the Baron's birthday party ("Little Choochie Face"), and the Baroness describes her grand plans for the festivities ("The Bombie Samba").

At the Baron's party, the Toymakers nervously brings out his latest toys: two life-sized dolls. As they spring to life and begin to sing, we realise they are Truly and Caractacus in disguise ("What Do You See?"). As the court is distracted by their performance, the army of children appears.

Will they win over the forces of Vulgaria? Will the Baron and Baroness be defeated? Will Grandpa be rescued? With teamwork, imagination, and the help of a magical car, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang flies, swims, and rides to a breathtaking finale!

Rates and Fees

Education and Community Theatre Rates.

Rehearsal Materials

Rehearsal Material on Hire
Minimum Hire fee: A$575.00 – 3 month(s) prior to final performance
Additional Hire fee: A$144.00 – per month

Orchestral Materials

Orchestral Material on Hire
Minimum Hire fee: A$357.00 – 1 month(s) prior to final performance
Additional Hire fee: A$123.00 – per month

Royalty Fees

16% of your ticket sales
Minimum: A$285.00 per performance

Other Fees

Booking and Handling Fee: A$69.00
Materials Security Deposit: from A$200.00 - A$500.00

Billing and Advertising Requirements

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Title Season Organisation Venue Location Website
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 28 Jul - 12 Aug 17 ROO THEATRE COMPANY INC ROO THEATRE COMPANY INC NSW
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 18 - 22 Jul 17 INTERNATIONAL GRAMMAR SCHOOL INTERNATIONAL GRAMMAR SCHOOL NSW
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 8 Jul 17 TOOWOOMBA CHORAL SOCIETY - YOUTH CHOIR EMPIRE THEATRE PTY LTD QLD
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