Broadway’s CHAPLIN opened last night to a star studded affair at the Barrymore Theatre with a glamorous party following at Gotham Hall. See photos and video:
Here’s what the critics are saying about CHAPLIN:
“Rob McClure, who has mostly had replacement and understudy jobs, doesn’t just replicate the waddle and pratfall of Chaplin’s little tramp. He doesn’t just do a back somersault without spilling a glass of wine or tap dance on roller skates or walk a tightrope. He does all that without apparent effort, but he also has a pungent voice that pings and he embodies more than seven decades of Chaplin’s life with a focused, altogether believable mix of gravity and light.”
-Linda Winer, Newsday
“First having bounded into the limelight with a shimmering title turn in the Encores! revival of Where’s Charley?, McClure once again proves himself a brilliantly gifted physical comedian, an able clown, and a passionate musical-theater performer, all rolled into one.
-Scott Brown, New York Magazine
“An impeccably charming, graceful performance by Rob McClure.”
-David Cote, Time Out New York
“Rob McClure, the relatively unknown actor – previously seen in the brief run of Where’s Charley? at NYC’s Encores! – dazzles in a physically virtuosic turn that well conveys Chaplin’s sublime comic grace.
-Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter
“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.”
-Howard Shapiro, The Philadelphia Inquirer
“The best reason to see CHAPLIN is Rob McClure’s brilliant channeling of the genius filmmaker. Beyond getting the physicality down to a T, he embodies the artist’s soul with a subtle mastery that far exceeds impersonation.”
-Roma Torre, NY-1