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 .

Synopsis complet

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

Génèse

  La vraie "Chitty" 

Créateurs

  Ian Flemming 


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 : mardi 19 mars 2002
Première : mardi 16 avril 2002
Dernière : dimanche 04 septembre 2005
Mise en scène : Adrian Noble
Chorégraphie : Gillian Lynne
Producteur :
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 : mardi 29 mars 2005
Première : jeudi 28 avril 2005
Dernière : samedi 31 décembre 2005
Mise en scène : Adrian Noble
Chorégraphie : Gillian Lynne
Producteur :
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 : vendredi 09 décembre 2005
Première : vendredi 09 décembre 2005
Dernière : samedi 30 août 2008
Mise en scène :
Chorégraphie :
Producteur :
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 : samedi 15 novembre 2008
Première : samedi 15 novembre 2008
Dernière : dimanche 02 août 2009
Mise en scène : Ray Roderick
Chorégraphie : Joanne Hunter
Producteur :
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

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1) 2002-04-Original London Cast