Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
The Woodlawn Theatre is excited to bring Chitty Chitty Bang Bang to the stage this holiday season! In honor of our upcoming performances, we gathered some fun facts about the classic.
1. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was on a book written by Ian Fleming, author of James Bond, his only children's book, by the way.
2. It took three weeks to film the musical number "Toot Sweets" and involved 38 dancers, 40 singers, 85 musicians, and 100 dogs.
3. The original Broadway production of the stage musical "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" opened at the Hilton Theater in New York on April 28, 2005, and ran for 285 performances.
4. Dick Van Dyke's character was named for Caractacus, the last independent ruler of England before the Roman conquest of Southern England.
5. The film was considered a failure at the time. It only made back three-quarters of its $10 million budget.
6. The role of Truly Scrumptious was originally offered to Julie Andrews, but she turned it down.
7. Seven different cars were built for filming.
8. The colors of the floating Chitty were the colors of the women's suffrage movement of that time - purple, green, and white.
9. It was the first non-Walt Disney film to feature songs by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
10. According to Dick Van Dyke, he only accepted the role of Caractacus Potts on the condition that he did not have to attempt an English accent.
Come join the fun at Woodlawn Theatre's production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, presented by San Antonio Our Kids Magazine, starting November 24! Get your tickets now.