Musical (2002)

Musique: Richard M Sherman • Robert B Sherman
Paroles: Richard M Sherman • Robert B Sherman
Livret: Jeremy Sams
Production à la création:

The story of the adventures of Chitty, the magical car as it sails the seas and flies through the air . Chitty's eccentric inventor, Caractacus Potts and his enchanting children Jemima and Jeremy, join the truly scrumptious Truly Scrumptious and batty Grandpa Potts to outwit the dastardly Baron and the evil Child Catcher .

Acte I
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 realizes 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 realize that Coggins will never sell it to two Vul;garians. 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 realize that they have feelings for each other. Distracted, they don't realize 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, T ruly 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!

Acte II
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 realize 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!

1 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang peut-être considéré comme un Top musical

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: The Magical Car is a children's book written by Ian Fleming (creator of James Bond) for his son Caspar, with illustrations by John Burningham. It was first published in 1964 by Jonathan Cape in London (in three volumes) and Random House in New York, and later made into a film.
Fleming took his inspiration for the car from a series of aero-engined racing cars built by Count Louis Zborowski in the early 1920s at Higham Park, christened "Chitty Bang Bang". Fleming had known Higham Park as a guest of its later owner, Walter Wigham, chairman of Robert Fleming & Co.

The original United Artists motion picture Chitty Chitty Bang Bang first hit the cinema screens in 1968 and has been a firm family classic ever since. Based on a story by Ian Fleming, the movie began life as a personal dream of James Bond producer, Albert R. “Cubby” Broccoli.
As with all his film projects, “Cubby” Broccoli surrounded himself with the very best British talent available to ensure the success of Chitty, which at the time was publicised as the largest and most expensive musical ever filmed in England.
The director, Ken Hughes, who had also adapted the screenplay with prolific children’s author Roald Dahl, led the British film crew. The Sherman brothers, fresh from major success with the Disney Studios, provided the score and songs, earning an Oscar nomination in the process.
“Cubby” Broccoli’s original plans for the enchanting tale of the magical car always included a possible stage version but not until 2002 and the advance of stage technology could the dream become a reality. The producers of the London stage musical, headed by the Broccoli family. Were confident that the technology existed to fly a tonne and a half of machinery with actors inside, that the musical flew onto the London stage. It opened at the London Palladium) to rave reviews on Tuesday 16th April 2002.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) broke every box office record at the famous London theatre. It was the longest running show at the Palladium, beating Oliver! and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. During its three and a half year run, the family musical exceeded £70 million in box office revenue.
The London Palladium) production originally capitalised at £6.2 million and cost approximately one third of a million pounds a week to run in order to pay for the huge cast of actors, children and dogs, not to mention stage management, technicians and musicians.
The Chitty stage car holds the Guinness World Record for being the most expensive prop in the history of British Theatre.
Chitty has at its heart two fundamental human desires….the desire to fly and the desire to protect one’s children, told through a magical journey. It is the story of love and adventure, of good and evil and of a family in search of something missing – all brought together by a fantasmagorical car!

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

Original Broadway production )
The Broadway production opened on April 28, 2005 at the Foxwoods Theatre (then the Hilton Theatre) in New York City, garnering good reviews only for the lavish sets. Ben Brantley in the New York Times noted that the show "naggingly recalls the cold, futurist milieus of movies like 'Modern Times' and 'Metropolis,' in which machines rule the universe" and featured songs that sounded "not unlike what you might hear in sing-along hour in a pre-K class". The production was again directed by Adrian Noble with choreography by Gillian Lynne and starred Raúl Esparza (Caractacus Potts), Erin Dilly (Truly Scrumptious), Philip Bosco (Grandpa Potts), Marc Kudisch (Baron Bomburst), Jan Maxwell (Baroness Bomburst) and Henry Hodges (Jeremy Potts). The Broadway production closed on December 31, 2005 after 34 previews and 285 regular performances, losing its entire financial investment.

Acte I
Overture — Orchestra
Prologue — Company
"You Two" — Caractacus, Jeremy & Jemima
"Them Three" — Grandpa Potts
"Toot Sweets" — Caractacus, Truly, Lord Scrumptious & Ensemble
"Think Vulgar" (2002–2005) "Act English" (2005–present) — Boris and Goran
"Hushabye Mountain" — Caractacus
"Come to the Funfair" — Company
"Me Ol' Bamboo" — Caractacus & Ensemble
"Posh!" — Grandpa Potts, Jeremy & Jemima
"Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" — Caractacus, Truly, Jeremy & Jemima, & Grandpa Potts
"Truly Scrumptious" — Jeremy, Jemima & Truly
"Chitty Chitty Bang Bang"(Nautical reprise) — Caractacus, Truly, Jeremy & Jemima
"Chitty Takes Flight" — Company

Acte II
"Entracte" — Orchestra
"Vulgarian National Anthem" — Company
"The Roses of Success" — Grandpa Potts & Inventors
"Kiddy-Widdy-Winkies" — Childcatcher
"Teamwork" — Caractacus, Toymaker, Truly & Juvenile Ensemble
"Chu-Chi Face" — Baron & Baroness
"The Bombie Samba" — Baroness, Baron & Ensemble
"Doll On A Music Box"/"Truly Scrumptious" (Reprise) — Truly & Caractacus
"Us Two"/"Chitty Prayer" — Jeremy & Jemima
"Teamwork" (Reprise) — Toymaker & Company
"Chitty Flies Home (Finale)" — Company

Aucun dossier informatif complémentaire concernant Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Aucun dossier informatif complémentaire concernant Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Version 1

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (2002-04-London Palladium Theatre-London)

Type de série: Original
Théâtre: Palladium Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)

Durée : 3 ans 4 mois 3 semaines
Nombre : 1415 représentations
Première Preview : 19 March 2002
Première: 16 April 2002
Dernière: 04 September 2005
Mise en scène : Adrian Noble
Chorégraphie : Gillian Lynne
Producteur :
Star(s) :
Avec: Michael Ball (Caractacus Potts), Anton Rodgers (Grandpa Potts), George Gillis/Harry Smith/Luke Newberry (Jeremy), Carrie Fletcher/Lauren Morgan,Kimberley Fletcher (Jemima), Emma Williams (Truly Scrumptious), Brian Blessed (Baron Bomburst), Nichola McAuliffe (Baroness Bomburst), Richard O’Brian (Childcatcher), Edward Petherbridge (Toymaker), Graham Hoadley, David Ross, Emil Wolk,
During the long run, cast changes in various roles included Brian Conley, Gary Wilmot, Victor Spinetti, Christopher Biggins, Paul O’Grady, Peter Polycarpou, Alvin Stardust, Jason Donovan, Tony Adams and Freddie Lees, with Caroline Sheen, Sandra Dickinson, Louise Gold, and Jo Gibb.
Commentaires : Based on the 1968 film of an Ian Fleming story, the musical version included six new songs by the Sherman Brothers, who wrote the original film songs. The musical version, adapted by Jeremy Sams, opened at the London Palladium in April 2002 and ran until September 2005 - a three and a half year run which made it the longest running show to date at the Palladium. Box office sales during this period amounted to over £70 million. (It would later open on Broadway in April 2005, receive terrible notices and run for just eight months - 285 performances - losing its entire financial investment)
Commentaires longs: The car featured in the show was reported by the BBC as the most expensive theatrical prop ever built.
Previews were dogged by technical problems, including an incident in which the car crashed into a ship onstage during a gala performance attended by the Prince of Wales.
New material was put into the London production in March 2004 to test for the Broadway production.
Presse : TIM MASTERS for BBC ONLINE says, "You come out of the London Palladium feeling like a kid on Christmas Eve."

NICHOLAS DE JONGH for THE EVENING STANDARD says, "Sheer theatrical magic" And goes on to say, "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang proves itself an ageless pleasure and a pleasure for all ages. "

MICHAEL BILLINGTON for THE GUARDIAN says, "It is the car everyone has come to see, and I can only report that when it becomes airborne and flies over the front stalls there are gasps of astonished delight."

WARWICK THOMPSON for LONDON METRO says, "Be amazed. Be very amazed."

CHARLES SPENCER for THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "The audience was purring with pleasure from the moment the band struck up the title tune during the overture."

GEORGINA BROWN for THE MAIL ON SUNDAY says, "Oh dear. I hate to be a wet blanket, but Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a huge disappointment."

MICHAEL COVENEY for THE DAILY MAIL says, " Brilliantly and ingeniously designed by Anthony Ward."

Version 2

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (2005-04-Hilton Theatre-Broadway)

Type de série: Original Broadway
Théâtre: Lyric Theatre (Broadway - Etats-Unis)
Durée : 8 mois 1 semaine
Nombre : 34 previews - 285 représentations
Première Preview : 29 March 2005
Première: 28 April 2005
Dernière: 31 December 2005
Mise en scène : Adrian Noble
Chorégraphie : Gillian Lynne
Producteur :
Star(s) :
Avec: Caractacus Potts … Raúl Esparza
Truly Scrumptious … Erin Dilly
Grandpa Potts … Philip Bosco
Baron Bomburst … Marc Kudisch
Baroness Bomburst … Jan Maxwell
Goran … Chip Zien
Boris … Robert Sella
Childcatcher … Kevin Cahoon
Toymaker … Frank Raiter
Jeremy Potts … Henry Hodges
Jemima Potts … Ellen Marlow

Version 3

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (2005-12-UK Tour)

Type de série: UK Tour
Théâtre: UK Tour ( - Angleterre)
Durée : 2 ans 8 mois 3 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : 09 December 2005
Première: 09 December 2005
Dernière: 30 August 2008
Mise en scène :
Chorégraphie :
Producteur :
Star(s) :
Commentaires longs: Sunderland (9 December 2005- 4 March 2006), Manchester (20 March 2006- 10 June 2006), Birmingham (23 June 2006- 2 September 2006), Liverpool (18 September 2006- 18 November 2006), Edinburgh (1 December 2006- 24 February 2007), Bristol (9 March 2007- 9 June 2007) and Southampton (25 June- 15 September 2007), Bradford (11 February 2008 - 5 April 2008), Sunderland (17 April 2008 - 7 June 2008), Cardiff (3 July 2008 - 30 August 2008).

Version 4

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (2008-11-US Tour)

Type de série: US Tour
Théâtre: US Tour ( - Etats-Unis)
Durée : 8 mois 2 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : 15 November 2008
Première: 15 November 2008
Dernière: 02 August 2009
Mise en scène : Ray Roderick
Chorégraphie : Joanne Hunter
Producteur :
Star(s) :
Avec: Caractacus Potts … Steve Wilson
Truly Scrumptious … Kelly McCormick
Grandpa Potts … Dick Decareau
Baron Bomburst … George Dvorsky
Baroness Bomburst … Elizabeth Ward
Boris … Dirk Lumbard
Lord Scrumptious … George Dvorsky
Miss Phillips … Elizabeth Ward
Goran … Scott Cote
Coggins … Richard G. Rodgers

 Pas encore de video disponible pour ce spectacle