Chaplin, the Broadway bio-musical starring Rob McClure and featuring direction and choreography by Warren Carlyle, will go silent on January 6, 2013. At the time of its closing, the musical story of iconic silent film star Charlie Chaplin will have played 24 previews and 136 regular performances at the Barrymore Theatre.
“We are so disappointed to close this show,” said Mindy Rich on behalf of the producers. “We’ve been moved by the countless theatergoers who have loved Chaplin as much as we do. We are so proud of our extraordinary cast and creative team, and Chaplin will live on through productions on our national tour in 2014 and around the world.”
From the streets of London to the heights of Hollywood, Chaplin tells the story of the star of legendary films including The Gold Rush, The Kid, The Great Dictator and City Lights. Chaplin focuses on the iconic actor, writer and director’s rise to fame and the people who shaped his life, including his mother (Christiane Noll) and beloved wife (Erin Mackey).
In addition to McClure, Noll and Mackey, Chaplin stars Jim Borstelmann (Alf Reeves), Jenn Colella (Hedda Hopper), Ethan Khusidman (Usher), Michael McCormick (Sennett, McGranery, Emcee), Zachary Unger (Young Charlie, Jackie) and Wayne Alan Wilcox (Sydney Chaplin). The cast also includes Justin Bowen, Emilee Dupré, Sara Edwards, Leslie Donna Flesner, Lisa Gajda, Timothy Hughes, Ian Liberto, Renée Marino, Michael Mendez, Sarah O’Gleby, Hayley Podschun, Adam Rogers, William Ryall, Eric Santagata and Emily Tyra.
Chaplin features music and lyrics by Christopher Curtis and a book by Curtis and Thomas Meehan. The musical is scheduled to launch a national tour in the fall of 2014. No casting, cities or exact dates have been announced.