Award winning comedian and actor Shane Bourne has come on board the hit musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang to play the dastardly Baron Bomburst.
Bourne will replace Alan Brough as the vindictive, pampered, self-cantered, and incredibly effeminate character for the Perth and Brisbane seasons.
“Shane is a hugely talented actor, and many Australians will remember him for his comic roles in Hey Hey it’s Saturday and Thank God You’re Here along with his more serious roles in City Homicide and the ABC series MDA. “We cast Shane because we knew his mix of acting skills would perfectly suit the role of Baron Bomburst. Shane is not only a great actor but also a great comedian and the role of the Baron lends itself to great comic timing. The character is really just a spoiled brat who refuses to grow up”.
“The company are sad to say goodbye to Alan who was fantastic in the role, but are excited to have Shane on board who is sure to bring a new energy to the role”, said Mr Lawson.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is an action packed adventure telling the story of the magical flying car, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, eccentric inventor Caractacus Potts and his two children Jemima and Jeremy, alongside Truly Scrumptious and Grandpa Potts, who are all trying to outwit the dastardly Baron Bomburst and the evil Child Catcher.
Directed by Roger Hodgman, choreographed by Dana Jolly and with musical direction by Peter Casey this stage adaption is bold, both cutting from and adding to the original. The Australian creative team and magnificent cast, lead by Rachael Beck and David Hobson, really bring the beloved characters including Chitty to life.
The Australian production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang features all of the iconic songs from the original film written by the Sherman Brothers, who also wrote the music for Mary Poppins and brings a full company of over 70 (including eight dogs), sensational sets and stunning special effects.
The most highly anticipated family musical of 2013, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, will be in Perth in September and at Queensland Performing Arts Centre from November.