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The highly anticipated Chaplin Broadway musical is set to open at the Barrymore Theatre on September 10, 2012. Producers have promised to rework a few of the section which critics were not thrilled about in the earlier production. The new stage show includes music and lyrics of Christopher Curtis with a book by Christopher Curtis and Thomas Meehan. Be prepared for some great entertainment on Broadway as the silent actor's life is told through song and dance.
The new Chaplin Broadway musical is in no relation to an earlier attempt to bring the silent actors story to the big stage. In 1981, it was announced that a stage show titled "Chaplin" would open on Broadway. The production ran into problems and was quickly canceled. The producers abridged the show and had minor success running it in Miami, Florida, in 1993 (premiere) then playing in played in Sarasota, New York, in 2001. The musical also had a brief run in London in 2012. The 2012 Broadway production of Chaplin is not based on this earlier work and is completely independent.
The new musical works to tell the full intriguing story of actor and screen legend Charlie Chaplin. The story covers his rough young years after his alcoholic father passed away, and his mother becomes ill. Chaplin is forced to get harsh work at an early age for survival. Not content with life in the workforce Chaplin sets his sights on Vaudeville and begins to realize perhaps he has some talents, possibly even genius, for entertainment. From here on out Chaplin's life and story take shape and take off. He develops a controversial personality, mixing a lust for actresses with political opinions, which quickly appears throughout his work. In the production title "The Dictator" Chaplin found himself in his biggest trouble. He was thrown out of America for showing sympathy towards communism during the McCarthy era. Chaplin relocated and continued his work in England. He still maintained popularity in the States and found his biggest commercial success as an actor and producer of Hollywood film.
Stage actor Rob McClure takes on the demanding role of Chaplin for the Broadway production. Considering that Chaplin was a silent actor, performing his life to song and dance only makes the role tougher. Still, Mr. McClure does an outstanding job in the role. He can mimic Chaplin's persona and brings the feel of the "pre-talkie" film era to the audience. Much of the show's success comes from the creative team of Amy Clark and the late Broadway designer Martin Pakledinaz, Angelina Avallone's make up and Ken Billington's bold lighting. They are all able to capture the time period and recreate the atmosphere which in itself is worth the price of admission.
Additions to the cast include Jim Borstelmann, Jenn Colella, Erin Mackey, Michael McCormick. Lyrics, music and the book are all written by Christopher Curtis with Warren Carlyle directing and taking on the choreography. The Chaplin Broadway musical is sure to be one of the bigger blockbusters for the new Broadway season. The production is certainly worth checking out for its high entertainment value. You can view our great selection of Chaplin Broadway tickets online by clicking the link.
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