This year’s gala features a screening of the children’s classic “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” an exact replica of the famous flying car on stage and a Q&A with legendary actress, dancer, and singer Chita Rivera, who was close friends with many of the principals of the film, including star Dick Van Dyke and choreographer Dee Dee Wood.
The Chitty replica car was handmade by retired NYPD Detective Sergeant (and current John Lennon impersonator) Tony Garofalo. The full-size, street legal car drove Mr. Dick Van Dyke around his hometown of Danville, Illinois in 2016 and was featured in the New York Times and the 2016 New York International Auto Show. After the movie, one lucky raffle winner will be photographed in the car, right where Dick Van Dyke sat! Learn about Tony’s five-year effort to build his replica car here.
The pre-show portion of the event will close with a performance by Broadway Performing Arts Center to honor the Broadway version of “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.”