Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Confirmed for Australia in 2012
FAMED musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is coming to Australia for the first time.
Melbourne producer Tim Lawson said an all-Australian version of the stage show, based on the hit '60s film, would premiere late next year before touring.
"I don't know where it's going to be starting, but it's definitely coming," Lawson said. "I'm a Melbourne person so I'm always interested in starting here.''
The original Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Photo: AP
Lawson is back in Melbourne this week to audition 300 hopefuls for another blockbuster production, A Chorus Line, which will open early next year.
An announcement on the premiere city and theatre will be made within three weeks and the cast of 30 will be named in the next six weeks.
"A Chorus Line is probably one of the hardest musicals to cast," Lawson said.
"Performers can't afford not to be excellent. Everyone must be an incredible actor, singer and dancer. It's a show that everybody is so hungry for and every dancer and performer is passionate about being in it."
A Chorus Line began on Broadway in 1975 and is still one of its biggest success stories. It won 12 Tony Awards, a Pulitzer Prize for Drama and ran for more than 6000 performances.
Lawson said the Australian production would be directed and choreographed by Baayork Lee, who was in the original show.
In other stage musical news, Annie will move from Sydney to Melbourne's Regent Theatre next May, while Rock of Ages will close in Melbourne on November 6 and move to Brisbane and Sydney.
SOURCE: The Herald Sun