Hilton Theatre, (4/28/2005 - 12/31/2005)

First Preview: Mar 29, 2005
Opening Date: Apr 28, 2005
Closing Date: Dec 31, 2005
Total Previews: 34
Total Performances: 285

Category: Musical, Comedy, Original, Broadway
Description: A musical in two acts
Setting: The action takes place in England and Vulgaria.

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by Clear Channel Entertainment

Produced by Dana Broccoli, Barbara Broccoli, Frederick M. Zollo, Nicholas Paleologos, Jeffrey Sine, Harvey Weinstein, East of Doheny, Michael Rose Limited and Michael G. Wilson; By Special Arrangement with: MGM On Stage; Associate Producer: Frank Gero

Music by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman; Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman; Adapted for the stage by Jeremy Sams; Orchestrations and Dance Arrangements: Chris Walker; Based on the Motion Picture by MGM and United Artists; Musical Director: Kristen Blodgette; Additional Material by Ivan Menchell

Directed by Adrian Noble; Musical Staging by Gillian Lynne; Choreographed by Gillian Lynne; Associate Director: Peter Von Mayrhauser; Associate Director (UK): Johanne Davies; Associate Choreographer: Tara Young; Associate Choreographer (UK): Frank Thompson

Scenic Design by Anthony Ward; Costume Design by Anthony Ward; Lighting Design by Mark Henderson; Sound Design by Andrew Bruce; Associate Scenic Design: Paul Weimer; Associate Costume Designer (UK): Christine Rowland; Associate Costume Designer (US): Patrick Chevillot and Mitchell Bloom; Associate Lighting Design: Daniel Walker; Associate Sound Designer (UK): Simon Baker; Associate Sound Designer (US): Mark Menard

General Manager: Alan Wasser Associates; Company Manager: Thomas Schlenk; Associate Co. Mgr: Adam Miller

Production Stage Manager: Peter Von Mayrhauser; Production Manager: David Benken and Jake Bell; Stage Manager: Michael J. Passaro; Technical Supervisor: David Benken

Production Musical Supervisor: Robert Scott; Musical Coordinator: Sam Lutfiyya; Associate Conductor: Stan Tucker; Keyboard II: Stan Tucker; Keyboard I: Milton Granger; Violins: Victor Costanzi (Concert Master) and Suzy Perelman; Violin/Viola: Gary Kosloski; Cello: Mairi Dorman-Phaneuf; Bass/Tuba: Patrick Glynn; Reeds: Robert DeBellis, Steven Kenyon and Salvatore Spicola; Trumpets: Stu Satalof and Joe Burgstaller; French Horn: Jeff Nelsen; Trombones: Marc Donatelle and Charles Gordon; Guitar/Banjo/Mandolin: Justin Quinn; Percussion: Dave Roth; Drum Set: Edward Fast; Music Copying (US): Emily Grishman Music Preparation

Fight direction by B. H. Barry; Press Representative: Barlow-Hartman Public Relations; Animal Trainer: William Berloni; Dance Captain: Joanne Manning; Assistant Dance and Fight Captain Jeff Siebert; Dialect Coach: Deborah Hecht; Advertising (US): Serino Coyne, Inc.; Advertising (UK): Dewynters, Limited; Photographer: Joan Marcus; Casting: Jim Carnahan

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Opening Night Cast

Philip BoscoGrandpa Potts
Erin DillyTruly Scrumptious
Raúl EsparzaCaractacus Potts
Kevin CahoonChildcatcher
Henry HodgesJeremy Potts
Marc KudischBaron Bomburst
(Mar 29, 2005 - Sep 23, 2005)
Ellen MarlowJemima Potts
Jan MaxwellBaroness Bomburst
Frank RaiterToymaker
Robert SellaBoris
Chip ZienGoran
J. B. AdamsChicken Farmer
Ensemble
Inventor
Tolan AmanEnsemble
Julie BarnesEnsemble
Troy Edward BowlesEnsemble
Jeffrey BroadhurstEnsemble
Robert CreightonEnsemble
Inventor
Antonio D'AmatoEnsemble
Struan ErlenbornEnsemble
Rick FaugnoEnsemble
Inventor
Ashlee FifeEnsemble
Emily FletcherEnsemble
Kearran GiovanniEnsemble
Rod HarrelsonEnsemble
Ben HartleyEnsemble
Merritt Tyler HawkinsEnsemble
Michael HerwitzEnsemble
Toby
Robyn HurderEnsemble
Violet
Libbie JacobsonEnsemble
Kenneth KantorLord Scrumptious
(Mar 29, 2005 - Sep 23, 2005)
Matt LoehrEnsemble
Dirk LumbardCoggins
Ensemble
Phillips
Inventor
Mayumi MiguelEnsemble
Malcolm MoranoEnsemble
Jaclyn NeidenthalEnsemble
Heather ParcellsEnsemble
Lurie PostonEnsemble
Craig RamsayEnsemble
William RyallEnsemble
Inventor
Alex SanchezEnsemble
Bret ShufordEnsemble
Janelle ViscomiEnsemble
Kurt von SchmittouEnsemble
Sid
Inventor
Emma WahlEnsemble
Brynn WilliamsEnsemble

Swings: Phillip Attmore, Rick Hilsabeck, Joanne Manning, Jeff Siebert and Julie Tolivar

Understudies: J. B. Adams (Grandpa Potts, Toymaker), Tolan Aman (Jeremy Potts), Julie Barnes (Truly Scrumptious), Robert Creighton (Goran), Struan Erlenborn (Jeremy Potts), Rick Faugno (Goran), Emily Fletcher (Baroness Bomburst), Rick Hilsabeck (Caractacus Potts, Grandpa Potts), Kenneth Kantor (Baron Bomburst ), Matt Loehr (Caractacus Potts), Dirk Lumbard (Boris, Caractacus Potts), Jaclyn Neidenthal (Jemima Potts), William Ryall (Childcatcher, Toymaker), Julie Tolivar (Truly Scrumptious), Janelle Viscomi (Jemima Potts), Kurt von Schmittou (Baron Bomburst , Boris) and Emma Wahl (Jemima Potts)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

 2005 Best Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Erin Dilly

 2005 Best Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Marc Kudisch

 2005 Best Featured Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Jan Maxwell

 2005 Best Scenic Design of a Musical [nominee] 

Anthony Ward

 2005 Best Lighting Design of a Musical [nominee] 

Mark Henderson

Drama Desk Award

winner 2005 Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical [winner] 

Jan Maxwell

 2005 Outstanding Set Design of a Musical [nominee] 

Anthony Ward

 2005 Outstanding Costume Design [nominee] 

Anthony Ward

 2005 Outstanding Lighting Design [nominee] 

Mark Henderson

Songs

ACT 1 Sung By
Prologue
(music by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman; lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman )
Company
You Two
(music by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman; lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman )
Caractacus Potts, Jeremy Potts and Jemima Potts
Them Three
(music by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman; lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman )
Grandpa Potts
Toot Sweets
(music by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman; lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman )
Caractacus Potts, Truly Scrumptious, Lord Scrumptious and Ensemble
Act English
(music by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman; lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman )
Boris and Goran
Hushabye Mountain
(music by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman; lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman )
Caractacus Potts
Come to the Funfair
(music by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman; lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman )
Company
Me Ol' Bamboo
(music by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman; lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman )
Caractacus Potts and Ensemble
Posh
(music by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman; lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman )
Grandpa Potts, Jeremy Potts and Jemima Potts
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
(music by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman; lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman )
Caractacus Potts, Truly Scrumptious, Jeremy Potts and Jemima Potts
Truly Scrumptious
(music by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman; lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman )
Jeremy Potts, Jemima Potts and Truly Scrumptious
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Nautical Reprise)
(music by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman; lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman )
Caractacus Potts, Truly Scrumptious, Jeremy Potts and Jemima Potts
Chitty Takes Flight
(music by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman; lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman )
Company
ACT 2 Sung By
Vulgarian National Anthem
(music by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman; lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman )
Company
The Roses of Success
(music by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman; lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman )
Grandpa Potts and Inventors
Kiddy-Widdy-Winkies
(music by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman; lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman )
Childcatcher
Teamwork
(music by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman; lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman )
Caractacus Potts, Toymaker, Truly Scrumptious and Juvenile Ensemble
Chu-Chi Face
(music by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman; lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman )
Baron Bomburst and Baroness Bomburst
The Bombie Samba
(music by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman; lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman )
Baron Bomburst , Baroness Bomburst and Ensemble
Doll on a Music Box/Truly Scrumptious (Reprise)
(music by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman; lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman )
Truly Scrumptious and Caractacus Potts
Us Two/Chitty Prayer
(music by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman; lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman )
Jeremy Potts and Jemima Potts
Teamwork (Reprise)
(music by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman; lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman )
Toymaker and Company
Chitty Flies Home (Finale)
(music by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman; lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman )
Company

Reviews


AP: "Car Steals the Scene on Broadway"

Actors often worry about appearing on stage with those perennial scene-stealers: children and dogs. In "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang," which opened Thursday at Broadway's Hilton Theatre, even the show's kids and canines are upstaged by its title character, a flying red-and-gold motor car that gets the audience positively giddy with delight.

The automobile is quite something, a technological marvel that, yes indeed, does float high above the stage in this gargantuan musical, a huge show that actually fits quite snugly into the mammoth Hilton, one of Broadway's biggest houses.

In "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang," a theme-park musical with an English accent, more is more, even when the story becomes less and less. It's cheery, relentless and constantly in motion.

With all that activity, "Chitty," a London success based on the 1968 movie that starred Dick Van Dyke and Sally Ann Howes, should keep the little ones occupied even if they can't quite follow the story. it tells of an eccentric British inventor and single father, Caractacus Potts, who salvages a junked heap of metal and turns it into a soaring roadster.

The car is coveted by the Baron and Baroness of Vulgaria, nasty folk who hate children and even have a creepy creature called the Childcatcher to round up any stray youngsters. Along the way, Caractacus, played by a game Raul Esparza, has a mild romance with Truly Scrumptious (a winsome Erin Dilly), a woman of sweet determination and a very pretty voice.

Jeremy Sams' meandering book plods along with a minimum of laughs until those Vulgarians, portrayed by a hammily robust Marc Kudisch and a delightfully comic Jan Maxwell, make an extended appearance in Act 2. Their excesses are funny. Unlike the Childcatcher, a Nosferatu-like fellow who is genuinely scary (Kevin Cahoon in fine spectral form), you actually like these villains.

The eclectic score by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman reinforces the show's persistent sunniness.

The title song is one of those hypnotic ditties that will permanently imprint on your brain. Try to get it out of your head. Impossible.

The rest of the songs range from a lush lullaby to a music-hall turn to a campy samba to anthems that deliver homilies such as "teamwork can make a dream work." Gillian Lynne's choreography is often boisterous but more athletic than inspired.

Yet designer Anthony Ward, who did both the sets and the lavish costumes, has delivered a parade of inventive, visually stunning scenery. From a windmill home base for Caractacus, his two children and his father (the ever reliable Philip Bosco) to a gleaming candy factory to a sparkling fun fair to a grim dungeon that recalls "Les Miserables" at its gloomiest, the sets never stop.

Neither does the show. Except for the airborne antics of that flying car, which director Adrian Noble cagily restricts to the first and second-act finales, "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" remains resolutely sugarcoated and earthbound.


AP
04/28/2005

Replacement/Transfer Info


The following people are credited as replacements or additions if they were not credited on opening night.


Hilton Theatre

(4/28/2005 - 12/31/2005)
Musical Director: Stan Tucker(circa. Sep 2005 - ?).

Production Stage Manager: Michael J. Passaro(Jun 7, 2005 - ?); Stage Manager: Charles Underhill(Jun 7, 2005 - ?); Assistant Stage Mgr: Jay McLeod(Jun 7, 2005 - ?).

Press Assistant: Leslie Baden.

Cast

Paul Canaan
Ensemble
Tim Federle
Ensemble
Kenneth Kantor
While Marc Kudisch takes leave to perform in 'See What I Want to See'
Baron Bomburst (Sep 24, 2005 - Nov 27, 2005)
Marc Kudisch
Baron Bomburst (Nov 29, 2005 - Dec 31, 2005)
Sabra Lewis
Ensemble
Gabriella Malek
Ensemble
Michael Mindlin
Ensemble
Inventor
Kurt von Schmittou
Lord Scrumptious (Sep 24, 2005 - Nov 27, 2005)
Jeff Williams
Inventor
Sid
Ensemble



Understudies: Antonio D'Amato (Jeremy Potts), Tim Federle (Goran), Rick Hilsabeck (Childcatcher), Gabriella Malek (Jemima Potts), Joanne Manning (Baroness Bomburst).


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