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What Is the Story of Chaplin?
Chaplin is based on the real-life story of Charlie Chaplin, the iconic film actor, writer, producer and director. The new musical spans the comic’s entire career, from Chaplin’s first performance as a child in 19th-century London to his tearful acceptance of an honorary Academy Award in 1972. The show documents the beloved actor’s rise to fame and the people who shaped his life, including his mother Hannah, his older brother Sydney, his fourth wife Oona O’Neill and gossip columnist Hedda Hopper. The musical dramatizes the making of Chaplin’s legendary films, including The Kid, The Circus, Modern Times and The Great Dictator as well as his turbulent childhood, frenzied love life and political beliefs. Featuring an original score by Christopher Curtis, including “Look at All the People,” “Just Another Day in Hollywood” and “This Man,” Chaplin tells the touching story of the man who makes the world laugh as his legendary screen persona, the Tramp, but struggles to find happiness in his own life.
[Rob McClure] embodies more than seven decades of Chaplin’s life with a focused, altogether believable mix of gravity and light.Review by Linda Winer from Newsday
An impeccably charming, graceful performance by Rob McClure.Review by David Cote from Time Out New York
What Is Chaplin Like?
Featuring lavish black-and-white sets by Beowulf Boritt and complementary period costumes by Amy Clark and the late Martin Pakledinaz, Chaplin transports audience members back to Hollywood’s silent film era. The production includes frame-by-frame reenactments of Chaplin’s iconic movie moments projected on large screens throughout the stage. Curtis’ score ranges from toe-tapping dance numbers to tear-jerking ballads as the production explores the thrilling highs and lows of Chaplin’s career.
Is Chaplin Good For Kids?
Chaplin has no adult language or reference to drugs, and is a great choice for older children and teens. The lead character is an infamous womanizer, and a few sexy dance moves are seen onstage. The production also includes heartbreaking moments between young Charlie and his mother that may be too sad for young kids. Very young children are likely to be bored by the subject matter, but older kids who enjoy Chaplin movies will be excited to learn more about the beloved comic.