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Steven Oxman has contributed to such publications as the Los Angeles Times, American Theatre, Stagebill, and, most frequently, Variety, for which he has written over 300 television and theatre reviews.

Monday, November 29, 2004

Chitty Chitty Boring Boring

Tickets are now on sale for the Broadway version of "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang." I caught it in London.

Recommendation number 1: Skip it and say no more.

If you have fond memories of the film from your childhood, and you want your kids to experience similar pleasures, then I offer recommendation number 2: rent the movie. You will likely be disappointed -- it's not as good as my childhood nostalgia thought it.

If you've already shown them the film, and they're desperate to see the show, I offer recommendation number 3: surreptitiously arrange for a return trip to "The Lion King" in order to assure the child that theatrical adaptations of famous film titles can actually be imaginative and entertaining.

If compelled to go, I offer a final fail-safe: Take a comfy pillow with you for napping, and arrange for your theatregoing companion, or a kind, willing stranger, to nudge you awake whenever the raison d'etre of the show -- the flying car -- appears. Then back to sleep.