Book by: Jeremy Sams
Music & Lyrics by: Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
Directed by: Adrian Noble
Cast: Philip Bosco (Grandpa Potts), Erin Dilly (Truly Scrumptious), Raï¿½l Esparza (Caractacus Potts), Marc Kudisch (Baron Bomburst), Jan Maxwell (Baroness Bomburst), Robert Sella (Boris), Chip Zien (Goran).
Synopsis: The story of the adventures of Chitty, the magical car as it sails the seas and flies through the air. Chitty's eccentric inventor, Caractacus Potts and his enchanting children Jemima and Jeremy, join the truly scrumptious Truly Scrumptious and batty Grandpa Potts to outwit the dastardly Baron and the evil Child Catcher.
What the critics had to say.....
BEN BRANTLEY of the NEW YORK TIMES says ï¿½Lavish wind-up music box of a show.ï¿½
CLIVE BARNES of NEW YORK POST says ï¿½It's essentially a children's show, but the adults they bring along with them, shouldn't have too bad a time. Elvis has left the building. He's even put out the lights.ï¿½
HOWARD KISSEL of NEW YORK DAILY NEWS says "For the most part, the evening is listless, the plot merely providing pretexts for the unexciting songs and Anthony Ward's lavish, imaginative sets and costumes."
ELYSA GARDNER of USA TODAY says "Far more inspired as a commercial vehicle than a creative one."
LINDA WINER of NEWSDAY says "We are seldom allowed to forget that we are really here to see a fake automobile pretend to fly."
MICHAEL SOMMERS of STAR-LEDGER says "This elaborate stage musical adapted by Jeremy Sams from the 1968 film tends to be a big snoozer."
JACQUES LE SOURD of JOURNAL NEWS says "It's more fun than "The Lion King" and far more dramatic than "Beauty and the Beast."
FEINGOLD of THE VILLAGE VOICE says "It's unlikely that there was ever an entertainment for children as loud, incoherent, and clumsily vapid as this."
MICHAEL KUCHWARA of ASSOCIATED PRESS says "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."
FRANK SCHECK of The HOLLYWOOD REPORTER says "It's clearly a crowd pleaser, especially of the moppet variety, and is well poised to steal some the considerable family business currently taken by the Disney shows and 'Wicked.' "
External links to full reviews from newspapers