Chitty Chitty Bang Bang opening date announced, Sydney

US Touring Cast of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Image by Ian Ibbetson
US Touring Cast of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Image by Ian Ibbetson

It’s official! The Australian premiere production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang will open at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre on November 16, 2012.

Presented by Tim Lawson of TML Enterprises, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is based on the 1968 MGM film of the same name, and will be directed by Rodger Hodgman (Grey Gardens).

The music and lyrics of the Sherman Brothers (Mary Poppins) will be brought to life by an all Australian cast as Old Chitty (the stage car which holds the Guinness World Record as the most expensive prop in the history of British Theatre) flies through the air in this spectacular production which has all the ingredients of a fabulous family musical.

After opening at the London Palladium to rave reviews on Tuesday 16
April 2002, the show was nominated for 3 Laurence Olivier Awards
including Best New Musical. It became the longest running musical ever to play at the London 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 production also received 5 Tony Award nominations, 10 Outer Critics Circle Award nominations and 4 Drama Desk nominations during its Broadway run at the Hilton Theatre.

Tickets for the Australian production will be on sale from Monday 28 May via Ticketmaster.

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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang opening date announced, Sydney