Ellen Marlow, 11, and Henry Hodges, 12, may just be the hardest-working passengers on Broadway. EW caught up with Marlow, an Austin native who moved to New York City to make her Great White Way debut, and Hodges, who hung up his teacup as Chip in Beauty and the Beast, as they got ready to play the adventurous children in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the musical based on the beloved 1968 film.
How did you get started in showbiz?
I always sang at home and my mom’s friend said, You should go on an audition. I ended up playing a munchkin in The Wizard of Oz at a community theater. Then I begged my mom for an agent. I was 9.
When I was 4, I started doing lots of stuff, mostly commercials. I did A Christmas Carol in Washington, D.C. After that, I auditioned for Beauty and the Beast the tour, and I got that. Then I got Broadway for Beauty, then this.
How many times have you seen the movie?
Once, right before my audition.
I watched it every day when I was 4. I used to be obsessed. I was so scared of the Childcatcher, though, I always fast-forwarded that.
In the musical, your dad makes sweets. What’s your favorite candy?
A tough one. Anything with sugar in it. Probably Grape Vines.
I’m a Snickers freak. I love Snickers.
What do you think you’ll do five years from now?
Hopefully, a lot of work. Get a car. If they did a revival of Funny Girl, I would want to play Fanny Brice.
Hopefully, I will be around here, having lots of work. And getting a car. I love cars.
Reviewers have said that Chitty is really the star of the show. Does that make you want to kick its tires?
Chitty totally deserves to be the star ‘cuz, I mean, Chitty gets the last bow at curtain call. She never really fails on us. And we like her.