Philippine Idol Finalist Gian Magdangal Headlines Fun-Filled Classic Musical

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang opens on October 21.


( After a three-year stint in Hong Kong Disneyland and Universal Studios Osaka, Gian Magdangal dove right into the Philippine theater scene through the Broadway musical Newsies, which premiered on July 7. He proves that he's definitely back as he headlines another musical—Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, which opens on October 27 at the Newport Performing Arts Theater.




Magdangal rose to fame in 2006 as one of the formidable contenders in the reality television singing competition Philippine Idol. He regularly appeared in GMA Network's Sunday noontime variety show SOP Rules, then went on to win Best Performance by a New Male Artist at the 20th Awit Awards in 2007. Before leaving for abroad, he was part of the Philippine productions of Footloose, The Little Mermaid, Once On This Island, West Side Story, and Grease. Newsies, where he starred as the courageous newsboy Jack Kelly, was his big theater comeback.


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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, first produced in the West End in 2002, is based on the 1968 film by Ken Hughes and 1964 novel by Ian Fleming. Set in 1910, it follows the "fantasmagorical" world of Caractacus Potts (Gian Magdangal), Truly Scrumptious (Yanah Laurel), the kids Jeremy (Noel Comia, Albert Silos) and Jemima (Isabeli Araneta-Elizalde, Zoey Alvarade), and their noisy but magical flying car Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.




It is directed by Jaime Del Mundo, with assistant direction by Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo and artistic direction by Michael Williams. The Manila Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Rodel Colmenar provides the beautiful music of this fun-filled production.


Chitty Chitty Bang Bang opens on October 21 at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resorts World Manila, Newport Boulevard, Newport City. Tickets, priced from P1,000 to P3,800, are available soon through Ticketworld.

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