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|Chitty Chitty Soars High
- Childrens' musical extends
CHITTY CHITTY Bang Bang has added six months to its booking period at the West End's London Palladium. The musical which opened April 16 2002 now runs until March 13 2004. Following in the footsteps of long-runners like The Lion King, this musical takes its plot from a film.
The Sherman brothers' songs, which made the 1968 fun flick so famous, provided the inspiration for Adrian Noble's UKP6.2 million production. What with Grandpa Potts, the dastardly baron, Lord Scrumptious's delicious sweet factory and the evil child catcher, the show is full of wacky inventions. The tale of one man's quest for success as he struggles to raise his kids appeals to children and parents alike.
Noble agreed to direct the show amidst criticism that he was neglecting his duties as head of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Since then Noble has resigned while Chitty Chitty Bang Bang has outlived hit musicals like Kiss Me Kate and My Fair Lady. The director has secured a comfortable nest egg for his retirement.