Wednesday, 19 December 2018

‘Sherman thank’ as Chitty Chitty Bang Bang replica takes to stage

THIS magical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang car is about to make its stage debut at an evening’s live entertainment at the Wallingford Corn Exchange

THIS magical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang car is about to make its stage debut at an evening’s live entertainment at the Wallingford Corn Exchange, writes Carol Evans.

A Spectacular Evening Celebrating the Magical Music of Richard and Robert Sherman will be a truly scrumptious confection of well-loved songs from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Mary Poppins.

The dazzling evening will feature singing, dancing and much, much more — including the appearance on stage of a full-size replica of the car from the 1968 film featuring music by the Sherman brothers.

A huge cast of local talent, under the professional expertise of music director Rob Alderton, who also built the car, will present a selection of songs in a special concert version of the Shermans’ music.

The singers will be accompanied by a 40-piece orchestra, recorded with top musicians from London’s West End and Broadway and the sound promises to be outstanding.

The show is a joint venture between the Corn Exchange and Alderton’s music production company Crescendo Music.

Alderton is a leading West End musical director with an impressive pedigree in the business.

In the 30-odd years since his first gig as a 14-year-old at Wallingford Corn Exchange, he has produced work for many London shows and UK tours. He has also worked closely alongside international showbiz stars including Sir Cliff Richard and Lord Lloyd Webber.

Included in the cast are a number of members of the Sinodun Players and the director is Marilyn Johnstone, one of the group’s most experienced.

Favourite songs from Mary Poppins include

Feed the Birds

A Spoonful of Sugar

Let’s Go Fly a Kite

Step in Time
and the showstoppingly exuberant


Numbers from

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Truly Scrumptious

Toot Sweets


The Roses of Success
and, of course, the lively title song itself,
Alderton, who rates the Sherman brothers as his favourite musical composers, is very enthusiastic at how the show is taking shape. He said: “We have a wonderful cast of singers and dancers who together create a level of excitement and care beyond anything I’ve ever known.

“It’s a close, talented and dedicated company, numbering around 30 and I’m enormously proud of them. The evening is most definitely is going to be “absolutely supercalifragil-isticexpialidocious!”

Performances take place at the Corn Exchange in Market Place, Wallingford, from Tuesday (March 15) to Saturday, March 19.

Showtime is 7.30pm each day, with a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm. Tickets are £15 for adults and £12 for children.

To book, call the box office on (01491) 825000 or go to

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