Gian Magdangal leads all-Filipino cast of ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’

Cast of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Image © Resorts World Manila

STAGE actor Gian Magdangal leads the all-Filipino cast of Resorts World Manila’s production of “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” now running at the Newport Performing Arts Theater.

Magdangal, who recently returned to the Philippines after a three-year stint at the Hong Kong Disneyland’s “The Golden Mickeys” and “Mickey and the Wondrous Book,” was also one of the lead performers for Universal Studios in Osaka, Japan.

Magdangal plays the role of eccentric inventor Caractacus Potts, while actress Yanah Laurel plays his love interest Truly Scrumptious.

RWM, in cooperation with Ultimate Shows, is staging for the first time in the country Ian Fleming’s “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” which premiered on Oct. 21.

Thirty-four years after its movie version was released in 1968, the English musical was first staged at the London Palladium in 2002 and became its longest running show ever with a three and a half year run. A UK tour also ran from 2005 until 2008.

Prior to the Manila production, the musical was also staged on Broadway, New York; the Capitol Theater, Sydney; the State Theater, Munich; and Singapore’s Esplanade, among others.

I was very excited when I got the part. I’m really a fan of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and it was a big part of my childhood,” Laurel said. “I think it will appeal to Filipino audiences because it’s a spectacle of a show, the music is beautiful, and for those who are unfamiliar, it’s going to be an exciting treat for them because every single number is a production number,” Laurel said.

For the role of Jeremy Potts, 12-year-old Noel Comia, a two-time Aliw Awardee for Best Child Performer and 2017 Cinemalaya Best Lead Actor for his role in  “Kiko Boksingero,” alternates with 11-year-old Albert Silos. Silos had acted in RWM’s” The King And I” and “Cinderella”.

Isabeli Araneta Elizalde returns to the NPAT stage as Jemina Potts, after her breakthrough performance in RWM’s “Annie” which won her the Discovery of the Year award in the 2016 Aliw Awards. Alternating with Elizalde is Zoey Alvarade who had performed in stage productions such as “It’s a Giant World,” “Jewel of Antilles, “Two Worlds, One Island,” “Seussical Jr.,” Wizard of Oz,” and “Greased Lightning.”

Other members of the cast are Mako Alonso as Boris. Reb Atadero (Goran), James Paolleli (Grandpa Potts), Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo (Baroness). Raymund Concepcion (Baron Bomburst), Michael Williams (Toymaker), and Lorenz Martinez (Childcatcher).

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” is directed by Jaime del Mundo, with assistant direction by Lauchengco-Yulo and artistic direction by Williams, with the music of the Manila Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Rodel Colmenar.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang runs at the NPAT in RWM. For details, please visit, www.rwmanila.comor call (632) 908-8833.

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