For the first time in the country, the stage is set for Ian Fleming's old favorite, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
Thirty four years after its movie version was released in 1968, the English musical was first staged at the London Palladium in 2002 and became its longest-running show ever, with a three-and-a-half-year run. A UK tour also ran from 2005 until 2008.
Prior to the Manila production, it was also shown on Broadway, New York; the Capitol Theater, Sydney; the State Theater, Munich; and Singapore’s Esplanade, among others.
Resorts World Manila (RWM) has revealed Chitty Chitty Bang Bang's all-Filipino cast, led by stage actor Gian Magdangal, who’s back after three years of performing outside the country. He takes on the role of inventor Caractacus Potts, while young actress, Yanah Laurel, plays his love interest, Truly Scrumptious.
“I was very excited when I got the part. I’m really a fan of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and it was a big part of my childhood,” shares Laurel. “I think it will appeal to Filipino audiences because it’s a spectacle of a show, the music is beautiful, and for those who are unfamiliar, it’s going to be an exciting treat for them because every single number is a production number,” adds the two-time Aliw Awards Best Actress in a Musical nominee.
For the role of Jeremy Potts, 12-year old Noel Comia (two-time Aliw Awardee for Best Child Performer and recent Cinemalaya Fest Best Lead Actor for his role in the movie, Kiko Boksingero) alternates with 11-year old Albert Silos, who has been cast in RWM’s The King And I and Cinderella, and was nominated in the 2015 Metro Manila Film Festival New Wave Category as Best Supporting Actor for the indie, Turo Turo.
Isabeli Araneta-Elizalde returns to the Newport Performing Arts Theater (NPAT) stage as Jemina Potts. Alternating with Elizalde is Zoey Alvarade, who performed in numerous plays—Seussical Jr., Wizard of Oz, and Greased Lightning.
Also cast in the production are Mako Alonso as Boris; Reb Atadero as Goran; James Paolleli as Grandpa Potts; Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo as the Baroness; Raymund Concepcion as Baron Bomburst; Michael Williams as the Toymaker; and Lorenz Martinez as the Childcatcher.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang will be directed by Jaime Del Mundo, with the help of assistant director Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo, artistic director Michael Williams, and the music of the Manila Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Maestro Rodel Colmenar.
The show, in cooperation with Ultimate Shows, Inc., opens on October 27 at the NPAT in RWM. Visit www.rwmanila.com or call (632) 908-8833 for more upcoming news on RWM’s 8th musical production