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Chaplin, Ethel Barrymore Theatre, NYC Show Poster


Ethel Barrymore Theatre

2hrs, 30mins (1 Intermission)

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A new musical depicting the life of legendary silent film star Charlie Chaplin.

Theater Info

243 West 47th Street
New York, NY
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Minimum age is 4 years old. Child must have a ticket.

Important Dates

On Sale
Jul 24, 2012
Aug 21, 2012
Sep 10, 2012
Jan 06, 2013

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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.


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[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

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.

Review by Howard Shapiro from The Philadelphia Inquirer

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

Review by Scott Brown from New York Magazine


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


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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