Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Tour

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a show that I have grown up with; it was the first musical I ever saw, back in 2003 at the London Palladium. I remember being mesmerised by the magic of the show, it kick-started my love of musical theatre and showed me that it was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life!

So when it was announced that the show was touring the UK, I definitely had to get tickets. The tour of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang features a cast full of celebrities (which I'll talk more about later) and I rushed to buy my tickets to see the flying car in action again and hear the much-loved songs by the Sherman Brothers. Therefore, on the 16th of July my mum and I travelled up north to Sheffield to see the show.

It stars former Joseph and His Technicolor Dreamcoat actor Lee Mead. His performance of Caracatus Potts was genuinely from the heart and it was touching to watch him portray the single-father of Jeremy and Jemima. His voice was perfect for the part played by Dick Van Dyck in the original 1968 film. I especially loved his 'Hushabye Mountain' which was emotional and thought his dancing was surprisingly good in 'Me 'Ol Bamboo.'

I've been a fan ever since seeing Carrie Hope Fletcher in Les Misérables and she too was perfect for the role of Truly Scrumptious. Her vocals throughout the show were incredible and I particularly enjoyed her version of 'Doll On A Music Box/Truly Scrumptious.'

This pair really had the voices and the on-stage chemistry to pull of the character of Caracatus and Truly. I also thought his clown to Carrie's doll was another highlight of the show.

The Childcatcher is definitely a character that scared me growing up. Even my sister, seeing Wayne Sleep play him in the 2003 production had her hiding under her seat in fear! Matt Gillett played the character well from his creepy laugh to his grimacing smile and scary movement floating around the stage; leaving a chill down my spine. 

On the other hand playing Goran and Boris, the hilarious spies, were portrayed by Scott Paige and Sam Harrison. They had perfect comedic timing throughout the show and their one liners provided so many humorous moments.

Last but not least are two ex-Eastenders: Michelle Collins and Shaun Williamson playing Baroness and Baron Bomburst. They worked together so well strutting around the stage as if they owned it, really getting into their parts! Their signature song 'Chu-Chi Face' put a smile on my face.

The set design was so clever but simple, fitting every scene perfectly (such as using wooden backdrops for the Potts' home). But my favourite part of the creative was the effective use of light projections. Also used for the Grand Prix race and moving landscapes for the car, my favourite was definitely the creepy silhouettes of the Childcatcher, especially the one he was introduced with (I won't spoil it for you!). 

I was slightly gutted that Chitty didn't fly into the audience like she did in the 2003 production.. But, it was understandable with the amount of theatres it was touring to with difference spaces; I did think that the simulation to show the car's movement was clever.

I'd definitely recommend seeing Chitty Chitty Bang Bang on tour if you get the chance. Let me know if you've seen it, or anything else on tour! Thanks for reading,

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