From the slums of London to the heights of Hollywood, Chaplin — starting today in previews — is Broadway’s musical journey of the man behind the legend of Charlie Chaplin, chronicling his upbringing, professional breakthroughs and the personal and political scandals of the silent film star. Rob McClure (Avenue Q, I’m Not Rappaport) originated his award-winning role of Chaplin at the La Jolla Playhouse and headlines this 22-person brand new production. Previews begin today, Tuesday, August 21 and it opens Monday, September 10, at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre.
Directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle (Hugh Jackman Back on Broadway), Chaplin features music and lyrics by Christopher Curtis and a book by Mr. Curtis and three-time Tony winner Thomas Meehan (Annie, The Producers, Hairspray).
Frederick P. Bimbler is production counsel for Chaplin: The Musical and for producer Rich Entertainment Group.
(See Walking the Walk, Cane in Hand on Rob McClure’s transformation into Chaplin, in The New York Times’ Theater section).