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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang on Broadway

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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang on Broadway
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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Show Summary
Ian Fleming's Chitty Chitty Bang Bang follows the story of a an eccentric inventor named Caractacus Potts. With the help of his two children, Jeremy and Jemima, they restore an old race car from scrap. They later discover that the car has magical properties including the ability to float and fly. However, when the evil Baron Bomburst learns about the car's existence he wants the magic car for himself, so he can win in the car races.

Show Synopsis:
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is based on the 1968 film version of Ian Fleming's children's book. The musical follows the adventures of inventor Caractacus Potts, his beloved Truly Scrumptious, his father and his two children and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the flying car, as they outwit a child-hating Baron, Baroness and their child-catcher henchman.

Show Opens At 213 West 42nd Street Theatre in NYC

The Broadway production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang opened on April 28, 2005 at the theatre located at 213 West 42nd Street in NYC during that time it was known as the Hilton Theatre. Since then it's name has changed to the Ford Center for the Performing Arts and it currently is known as the Lyric Theatre. It is often a lot easier just to use the address of this theatre, as its owners will allow a name change quite often, confusing visitors and locals alike.

The New York Times Review Savages The Show

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang only received good reviews for the sets, where the car came over the heads of the audience using an amazing hydraulic arm that was obscured from view. According to critical reviews, the story line, acting and songs were all mediocre at best. The New York Times Uber-Critic, Ben Brantley, noted that the show "naggingly recalls the cold, futurist milieus of movies like 'Modern Times' and 'Metropolis,' in which machines rule the universe" and he also noted that the show featured songs that sounded "not unlike what you might hear in sing-along hour in a pre-K class". The production was directed by Adrian Noble with the choreography by Gillian Lynne and starred Raúl Esparza.

Show Closes And Makes a Sizeable Loss On Its Investment

Big shows in this theatre are often a very expensive proposition and this theatre has a long history of failed big productions that can cost investors millions. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Spiderman both lost money in this theatre.
Chitty closed on December 31, 2005 after only 34 previews and just 285 regular performances, which was a huge disappointment given the finances required to bring this show to Broadway. Nicholas Paleologos, the producer for Chitty announce that "A substantial portion of the $15 million investment for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang will not be recouped on the Broadway run." It appears that the investment was never recouped anywhere else either, as the show also failed on the US tour and investors lost most of their investment. The UK Tour did have more luck, but it is unclear if US investors shared in that success.
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Noteworthy Dates For The Show
Show Opened: 04/28/05
Show Closed: 12/31/05
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Broadway Theatre:
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang played at the Hilton Theatre from April 28, 2005 to December 31, 2005. The show played for 285 performances and 34 previews.

Hilton Theatre
213 West 42nd Street
New York NY 10036
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Cast List:
Raúl Esparza, Erin Dilly, Philip Bosco, Marc Kudisch, Jan Maxwell, Chip Zien, Robert Sella, Kevin Cahoon, Frank Raiter, Henry Hodges, Ellen Marlow, J. B. Adams, Tolan Aman, Julie Barnes, Troy Edward Bowles, Jeffrey Broadhurst, Robert Creighton, Antonio D'Amato, Struan Erlenborn, Rick Faugno and Ashlee Fife, Emily Fletcher, Kearran Giovanni, Rod Harrelson, Ben Hartley, Merritt Tyler Hawkins, Michael Herwitz, Robyn Hurder, Libbie Jacobson, Kenneth Kantor, Matt Loehr, Dirk Lumbard, Mayumi Miguel, Malcolm Morano, Jaclyn Neidenthal, Heather Parcells, Lurie Poston, Craig Ramsay, William Ryall, Alex Sanchez, Bret Shuford, Janelle Viscomi, Kurt von Schmittou, Emma Wahl and Brynn Williams

Production Credits:
Adrian Noble (Direction)
Anthony Ward (Scenic Design)
Anthony Ward (Costume Design)
Mark Henderson (Lighting Design)
Andrew Bruce (Sound Design)

Other Credits:
Lyrics and Music by: Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
Book by: Jeremy Sams