Chitty Chitty Bang Bang [Original Cast Recording]

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang [Original Cast Recording]

by Michael Ball



Film producer Albert R. "Cubby" Broccoli, who bought the film rights to Ian Fleming's James Bond novels, also picked up Fleming's children's book, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, a fantasy about a family and a flying car, and in the 1960s he hired children's author Roald Dahl to co-adapt it into a screenplay and stole away songwriting brothers Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman from Walt Disney to write the score. The Shermans' most successful film had been Mary Poppins, which co-starred Dick Van Dyke, and Broccoli cast Van Dyke as the father, bringing the whole project to United Artists, the same studio that handled the Bond films. The resulting two-and-a-half-hour children's movie musical appeared for the 1968 Christmas season, at which time it was greeted with lukewarm reviews and a modest box office success, while the soundtrack album reached the Top 100 and stayed in the charts for six months. That might have been that, except for the emergence of home video, which gave the film a new life among later generations of undiscerning children. Thirty-four years later, the film served as the basis for a musical that opened in London's West End on April 16, 2002. West End star Michael Ball replaced Van Dyke, with Emma Williams stepping in for the film's Sally Ann Howes as the widowed father's love interest, Truly Scrumptious. Veteran British actor Brian Blessed had the small part of Baron Bomburst, and one of the villains, the Childcatcher, was played by Richard O'Brien, a long way from his days as creator and co-star of The Rocky Horror Show. The main element of the production, in an echo of The Phantom of the Opera's falling chandelier and Miss Saigon's helicopter, was the car, which flew out over the audience at the end of the first act. Of course, that isn't visible on the cast album, although the actors do their best in the 14th track, "Chitty Takes Flight," to describe it. The album is more about the Shermans' score, which is similar to much of their work for the Disney films of the '60s, especially Mary Poppins, which also has a pre-World War I English setting. From the Academy Award-nominated title song to "Toot Sweets," "Posh," and "The Roses of Success," the score is full of tuneful, catchy songs that aim for charm, but often settle for silliness. "Hushabye Mountain" is a lullaby that allows Ball, as it did Van Dyke before him, to pull the audience's heartstrings. The Shermans have dropped one song from the film ("This Lovely Lonely Man") and added a half a dozen that are either newly written or were dropped from the film, and the new songs are of a piece with the old. There's nothing as impressive as their best songs for Mary Poppins, but it's easy to imagine the music serving as the basis for many rousing production numbers in the show.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/08/2005
Label: Sony
UPC: 0827969776322
catalogNumber: 97763

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael Ball   Primary Artist,Vocals,cast
Anton Rodgers   Vocals,cast
Edward Petherbridge   cast
Levine Andrade   Violin,Viola
Dave Bishop   Clarinet,Flute,Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Trevor Burley   Cello
Helen Cooper   Violin
Richard Edwards   Trombone,Euphonium
Andy Findon   Clarinet,Flute,Piccolo,Alto Saxophone
Bobby Gant   Trumpet,Cornet,Flugelhorn
Yvonne McGuiness   Violin
Ann Morfee   Mandolin,Violin
Richard O'Brien   Vocals
Celia Sheen   Violin
John Trussler   Violin
Adrian Turner   Violin,Viola
Shelley Van Loen   Violin
Peter Walton   Banjo,Guitar,Mandolin
Ian McKinnon   Violin
Steve McManus   Bass,Bass Guitar
David D. Ross   Vocals,cast
Adrian Lane   Trombone
David Henry   Vocals
Graham Hoadly   Vocals,cast
Nichola McAuliffe   Vocals,cast
Gavin McNaughton   Bassoon,Contrabassoon
Emil Wolk   Vocals,cast
Martin Turnland   Violin,Viola
Suzanne Wilson   Harp
Pan Hon Lee   Violin
Bennett B. Garner   Vocals,cast
Julie Barnes   Vocals,cast
Jonathan Barenham   Horn
Scarlett Strallen   Vocals,cast
Peter Bishop   Vocals,cast
Brett Jones   Vocals,cast
Ian MacKinnon   Violin
Robert Scott   Musical Direction
Owen Slade   Tuba
Dean Clish   Vocals,cast
Martin Bradshaw   Cello
Brian Blessed   Vocals,cast
Jonathan Hill   Violin
Robert Kramer   Vocals,cast
Simon Lenton   Trumpet,Cornet,Flugelhorn
Carlton Edwards   Keyboards,Children's Choirmaster
Helen Baker   Vocals,cast
Pax Baldwin   Vocals,cast
Maya Bickel   Violin
Leo Bidwell   Vocals,cast
Jamie Blackley   Vocals,cast
Barry Brewer   Percussion,Drums
Toby Coles   Trumpet,Cornet,Flugelhorn
Tommi Sliiden   Vocals,cast
Charlotte Campbell   Vocals,cast
Stuart Chaffer   Vocals,cast
Jimmy Chamberlaine   Vocals,cast
Ben Clare   Vocals,cast
Louis Constantine   Vocals,cast
Lisa Joanne Cook   Vocals,cast
Charlie Couch   Vocals,cast
Kane Davis   Vocals
Ross Dawes   Vocals,cast
Ruth Ehrlich   Violin
Steve Elias   Vocals,cast
Darren J. Fawthrop   Vocals,cast
Nia Fisher   Vocals,cast
Carrie Fletcher   Vocals,cast
Ben Gant   Trumpet,Cornet,Flugelhorn
George Gillies   Vocals,cast
Dave Gonella   Percussion
Julie Graham   Cello
Darcy Gregory   Vocals
Jocelyn Hawkyard   Vocals,cast
Emma Hennigan   Vocals,cast
Judith Herbert   Cello
Maria Holley   Vocals,cast
Nicholas Johnson   Vocals,cast
Emma Kerslake   Vocals,cast
Rory Locke   Vocals,cast
Natalie McQueen   Vocals,cast
Claire Morland   Vocals,cast
Darcy Perry   Vocals,cast
Ruth Potter   Harp
Liza Pullman   Vocals,cast
Matthew Rixon   Vocals,cast
Tom Rumsby   Horn
Thomas Runeckles   Vocals,cast
Lamorna Short   Vocals,cast
Tamara Short   Vocals,cast
Nick Skilbeck   Accordion,Keyboards
Sophie Strong   Vocals,cast
Lauren Stroud   Vocals,cast
Skye Tupholme   Vocals,cast
Maya Bickell   Violin
Lyndsey Wise   Vocals,cast
Nicki Woods   Oboe,Cor anglais
Darren Carnall   cast
David Cory Lee   cast
Sonya Fairbairn   Mandolin,Violin
Paul Manley   Violin
Gary Milner   Vocals,cast
Emma Williams   Vocals,cast
Michael Keelan   Violin,Viola
Philip Woods   Horn
Peter Graham   Violin

Technical Credits

Chris Walker   Producer,Orchestration,Dance Arrangement
Roy Davies   Contributor
Eric Jordan   Pro-Tools
Richard O'Brien   Contributor
Richard M. Sherman   Lyricist,Executive Producer
Robert B. Sherman   Lyricist,Executive Producer
David Henry   Contributor
David Hunt   Engineer
Gillian Lynne   Choreographer
Andy Bruce   Sound Effects,Sound Design
Nicholas Gilpin   Pro-Tools
Sylvia Addison   Orchestral Manager
Mark Shenton   Author
Dave Lee   Contributor
Simon Eddie Baker   Sound Effects
Kevin OSullivan   Author
Rob Bagshaw   Producer
Darren Carnell   Contributor
Phyllida Crowley Smith   Contributor
Kane Davis   Contributor
Philip Gonley   Contributor
Darcy Gregory   Contributor
Veronique Haddelsey   Sound Effects
Alistair Muir   Production Photography
Simon Baker   Sound Effects
Robert Bruce Scott   Musical Director
Remy Martyn   Contributor

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