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Chitty Chitty bangs into Suwanee
Classic musical to be performed in park Saturday
The musical “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Suwanee Town Center as part of the city’s Broadway in the Park productions.

Older adults favorite flying car will take flight on the big screen in Suwanee as the city’s Broadway in the Park introduces new generations to the magic of “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.”

Based on the 1968 film starring Dick Van Dyke, a mostly high school cast will produce the musical fantasy adventure to the Suwanee Town Center at the intersection of Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road and Buford Highway. The free performances will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, July 24, and Saturday, July 25.

“‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ is a fun story for all ages,” director and production coordinator Patty Etherton said. “No matter who you are, you’re going to love this show.”

The play features fun characters, including the Child Catcher, Baron and Baroness Bomburst, Vulgarian spies and Truly Scrumptious, as well as unforgettable songs.

In addition to “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” a middle school cast will perform “The Finish Line,” an original musical written by Suwanee Performing Arts’ Patty and Elise Etherton and Bernie Davis. “The Finish Line” features a young, rebellious girl who loves racing more than anything. The story ends at the 1910 Grand Prix, which is where the Chitty story begins.

Between the two plays, about 125 high school, middle school, adult, and child actors will perform. The production will feature a live orchestra, the Broad Street Concert Band at Sugar Hill.

 For reserved seating or “sitting-room only” for families with small children ($10 each), contact Suwanee Performing Arts at or 678-482-6333.