West Yorkshire Playhouse and Music and Lyrics Limited have announced that they will tour a new production of the beloved musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in 2016. Based on the classic novel by Ian Fleming and the renown film of the same name, the show features an iconic score by the Sherman Brothers which includes the Academy Award-nominated title song. This production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang will be directed by James Brining, the Artistic Director of the West Yorkshire Playhouse with choreography by Stephen Mear and production design by Simon Higlett. Caractacus Potts will be played by Jason Manford (The Producers, Sweeney Todd) from 10 February until 24 April, and he will return to the show from 5 October 2016. Lee Mead (Casualty, Legally Blonde, Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat) will play Caractacus Potts from 4 May until 18 September 2016. Martin Kemp (EastEnders, The Krays) will play … Read more
Ball is an exceptional, utterly convincing Mack. He completely gets under the skin of the character, finding precisely the right level to pitch every moment of anger, driven determination, and offhand callousness. The passion for making comedy films that can see people of any race and creed laugh in any place on the planet is the backbone of Ball’s characterisation. He is entirely unsentimental in his delivery and never seeks the approval of the audience. Musically, Ball is exceptional. He uses his big, bright voice deftly, producing clear, strong notes, ringing phrases of great colour, and perfectly supported passages of soft and delicate singing
Everyone in this company is superb in their part, everyone can really sing, really dance and really deliver the goods in terms of dramatic and comic acting. This is that rare beast: an exquisitely cast musical where the requirements of the parts have more importance in the casting process than potential box office draw or Twitter popularity. It is difficult to believe that there has ever been a better Rose than Staunton creates here.