FROM the moment the curtains rise, audiences are glued to the stage in this adaptation of Ian Fleming’s classic children’s story Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
Sure to delight when it opens in Perth in September this “fantasmagorical” tale of “Chitty” the former Gran Prix racing car takes viewers on a journey with musical performances and show-stopping dance numbers including Truly Scrumptious,Teamwork and its namesake.
Also thrown in for good measure is the flamboyant Brazilian Bombie Samba,which has audience members dancing in their seats.
With amazing special effects, stellar cast, memorable music and magnificent props this stage show has something for the child in all of us and although there is no denying the performances of Rachael Beck, David Hobson et al are first class, the true star of the stage is Chitty.
This beautifully designed flying car, which currently holds the title for most expensive stage prop in history, is used throughout the musical but really comes alive just before the intermission when it takes to the star-lit sky and spreads its wings in the cliff-hanger scene of the movie – truly magical.
Hobson’s performance as wacky inventor Caractacus Potts is unforgettable as he pulls out all stops in the dance scene Me Ol’ Bambo, while co-star and love interest Beck is simply delicious as “Truly Scrumptious”.
The former Hey Dad star shines, performing the beautiful Doll on a Music Box – sweet, warm and “truly scrumptious,” she most certainly is.
Spicks and Specks funny-man Alan Brough is brilliant as Baron Bomburst and together with Jennifer Vuletic as the Baroness the two are hilarious as the leaders of the Vulgaria who try to steal Chitty.
Helping them in their quest to do so are the comical and clumsy Vulgarian spies Goran and Boris played by former Acropolis Now actor George Kapiniaris and Todd Goddard who with the help of the Child Catcher, played by Tyler Coppin, set the stage alight.
Completing the main cast are Peter Carroll as Grandpa Potts and youngsters Finnegan Green and Piper Horner as enthusiastic twins Jeremy and Jemima Potts, all of who impress with their vocal ability, nailing numbers including POSH! andThe Roses of Success.
Simply breathtaking and visually enticing, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang our fine four fendered friend will take you on the most musical ride of your life.
The Perth stage show will run for three weeks in September.
I was in Adelaide for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang as a guest of the producers.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
WHERE: Crown Theatre
WHEN: From September 4
Original story published on Inmycommunity