Tuesday July 7, 2009 / 7:30pmChitty Chitty Bang Bang
Tier 1 Mid/Back
How was your experience?
The opening night of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the OC Performing Arts Center proved magical and entrancing with a surprise visit from one of the Sherman brothers, the composers of much of Disney's most popular music. And it was indeed the music that shined most brightly in this uplifting, whimsical romp. The title song is extremely hummable and Toot Sweet left my children and I tapping our toes and to a wonderful tune. The little ones went home at the intermission, yet still got to see Chitty fly. Second Act highlights included the Samba number featuring eminently watchable ensemble dancers and the campy and fun to hate Baron and Baroness. The sets, Art Direction and Costumes were of such high quality, I thought I was at a Broadway show. Many of the lines from the opening scene and numbers were unintelligible due to the speed with which they were delivered and the contrived English accents; however, as the actors got more comfortable with the venue they managed to keep the energy high without us losing their lines. Many of the villans substituted volume for energy and were way too loud for young children (and adults like me) to enjoy. An exception were the two Vulgarians whose Vaudevillian schtick was laughable and throroughly entertaining. The four leads were talented singers and actors especially the little girl Jemima and the Dick Van Dyke character, Mr. Potts. An incredible live pit orchestra produced a sizable sound with just a few musicians adding to the magic. Bravo to the travelling cast of the national tour of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Your family will surely enjoy the magical flying car musical!