Chaplin, the previously announced new musical depicting the life of silent film icon Charlie Chaplin, will begin performances on August 21 at the Barrymore Theatre, according to The New York Times. Opening night is set on September 10. Previously titled Becoming Chaplin, the musical will be directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle (Finian's Rainbow) and features music and lyrics by Christopher Curtis and a book by Curtis and Tony winner Thomas Meehan (The Producers). No casting has been announced at this time.
From the slums of London to the heights of Hollywood, Chaplin reveals the story of the man behind the legend of films like The Gold Rush, The Kid and City Lights, an undeniable genius that forever changed the way America went to the movies.
The new musical comes to Broadway following a 2010 run at San Diego's La Jolla Playhouse, when it was then called Limelight: The Story of Charlie Chaplin. The production starred Robert McClure (Avenue Q) as Chaplin and Ashley Brown (Mary Poppins) as Chaplin's fourth wife, Oona. The musical is produced by the Rich Entertainment Group (Bob and Mindy Rich), Roy Gabay and John and Claire Caudwell.