Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the legendry film about the flying car has landed on the London Palladium and flown into our hearts! Michael Ball (Marius in Les Miserables) leads the cast as Caracticus Potts the misunderstood inventor. His singing ability is out of this world and he makes the score of Chitty sound beautiful, singing each song smoothly, enthusiastically and perfect! He was perfectly cast as Caracticus and the chemisty between him and co-star Emma Williams is great!
Emma Williams stormed into the media's attention when she was cast as the leading lady Truely Scrumptious. Apparently she is the youngest person to ever take the lead in a west end musical, although i think Lea Salonga was younger when she premiered as Kim in the London Production of Miss Saigon! Although Emma Williams does do a very good job it is obvious her accent is forced! Her singing ability is good but nothing to be considered extraordinary just yet!! Her interpretation is good and she looks right, but it is obvious this was a tough job for her!
The supporting cast are all brilliant in particular Richard O'Brian as the child catcher! He brings just the right amount of comedy to the character whilst still being completely terrifying!
Top songs of this album are Hushabye Mountain, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and You Two!
Ofcourse the real star of the show is Chitty herself and unfortunately she doesn't sing! However this is a very entertaining album and one worth owning... but it will never be as good as seeing the show on stage as we dont manage to get the enthusiasm as when we see Chitty fly etc!