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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.

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Performances ended on Jan. 6, 2013.

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About Chaplin on Broadway

Previews: Aug 21, 2012 • Opening: Sep 10, 2012 • Closing: Jan 6, 2013
Broadway Musicals Drama
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243 West 47th Street
New York, NY 10036
Wheelchair Access
5 Wheelchair seats, 11 Aisle Transfer Arms, 26 Companion Seats
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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.


A collection of our favorite reviews from professional news sources.

"[Rob McClure] embodies more than seven decades of Chaplin’s life with a focused, altogether believable mix of gravity and light."


Linda Winer

"An impeccably charming, graceful performance by Rob McClure."

Time Out New York

David Cote

"In the new musical ‘Chaplin,’ which is every bit as entertaining as Charlie Chaplin himself, Rob McClure portrays the film genius with an irresistible sweetness, like candy you can’t—and don’t want to—stop eating."

The Philadelphia Inquirer

Howard Shapiro

"McClure once again proves himself a brilliantly gifted physical comedian, an able clown, and a passionate musical-theater performer, all rolled into one."

New York Magazine

Scott Brown

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Charlie Chaplin
Hedda Hopper
Oona O'Neill
Sennett McGranery
Hannah Chaplin
Young Charlie/Jackie
Wayne Alan Wilcox
Sydney Chaplin


Music and Lyrics
Christopher Curtis
Christopher Curtis and Thomas Meehan
Director and Choreographer
Warren Carlyle
Set Designer
Beowulf Boritt
Costume Designers
Amy Clark and Martin Pakledinaz
Lighting Designer
Ken Billington
Sound Designers
Scott Lehrer and Drew Levy
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