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Why You Must Take the Kids to This Manila Run of 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang'

Ian Fleming's 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' is ongoing until March 25, Newport Performing Arts Theater, Newport Boulevard, Pasay.
IMAGE COURTESY RESORTS WORLD MANILA
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In case this magical flying car zoomed past you last year, Resorts World Manila and the Full House Theater Company have teamed up again to bring Chitty Chitty Bang Bang back to the Newport Performing Arts Theater. Starring Gian Magdangal, Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo, Yanah Laurel, Raymund Concepcion, James Paolleli, and the next generation of theater stars in Albert Silos, Noel Comia, Isabeli Araneta Elizalde, and Zoey Alvarade, this all-Filipino production is an engrossing musical adaptation of Ian Fleming’s final work.


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The beloved flying car Chitty Chitty Bang Bang returns to the Newport Performing Arts Theater.

Famous for his James Bond books, the novelist saved his most fantastical creation for last, a children’s novel written for his son. While we’re used to seeing Bond and his glorious cars on the big screen, none of them can sprout wings and fly. A loosely based film adaptation (co-written by Roald Dahl) followed in 1968, headlined by Dick Van Dyke (then fresh from appearing in the box-office smash Mary Poppins). Like the movie, the stage version features music and lyrics by Richard and Robert Sherman, with book by Jeremy Sams. A must-see for families, the show details the many adventures of the quirky inventor Caractacus Potts and his young twin children. Lovable but hard up for cash, Potts’ many inventions don’t often work the way they should, leading to some hilarious and genuinely absurd situations.

He may have finally found success with a formula for candy, but attracts trouble when the show’s villains try to get their hands on his magical car and kidnap his twins. Children and adults alike will enjoy the scenes when Chitty Chitty Bang Bang takes to the skies, thanks to the dynamic background provided by the theater’s LED screen. And when the inventor finds true love, there’s another kind of magic in the air. Ongoing until March 25, Newport Performing Arts Theater, Newport Boulevard, Pasay; 908.8833; tickets available through Ticketworld, 891.9999, ticketworld.com.ph; rwmanila.com.

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This story was originally published in the March 2018 issue of Town&Country.

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