Chaplin, the new musical starring Rob McClure as film great Charlie Chaplin, opens September 10 at Broadway’s Ethel Barrymore Theatre. Directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle, Chaplin features music and lyrics by Christopher Curtis and a book by Curtis and Thomas Meehan.
Chaplin tells the story of Charlie Chaplin, celebrated star of City Lights, The Great Dictator, The Gold Rush, The Kid, Modern Times and many more. From the slums of London to the heights of Hollywood, Chaplin tells the complete story of the iconic actor, director, writer and producer.
“I’m not Charlie Chaplin and will never, ever claim to be,” McClure told Broadway.com. “But when I become the Tramp, I can feel the hair stand up on the back of my neck. I’ve had sobbing people at the stage door tell me how much the evening changed their lives. The idea that this musical can channel Chaplin’s spirit for someone and move them is truly profound.”
In addition to McClure, Chaplin stars Erin Mackey, Christiane Noll, Jenn Colella, Jim Borstelmann, Michael McCormick, Zachary Unger and Wayne Alan Wilcox. The cast also features Justin Bowen, Emilee Dupre, Sara Edwards, Leslie Donna Flesner, Lisa Gajda, Timothy Hughes, Ethan Khusidman, Ian Liberto, Renée Marino, Michael Mendez, Sarah O’Gleby, Hayley Podschun, Adam Rogers, William Ryall, Eric Santagata and Emily Tyra.
The Chaplin creative team includes scenic designer Beowulf Boritt, costume designers Amy Clark and the late Martin Pakledinaz, lighting designer Ken Billington, sound designers Scott Lehrer and Drew Levy and projection designer Jon Driscoll.
Click here to read Broadway.com's Backstory feature on Chaplin's road to Broadway!