CHAPLIN begins final three weeks of performances on Broadway this week

Photo by Joan Marcus

The new musical CHAPLIN, with music and lyrics by Christopher Curtis and book by three-time Tony Award-winner Thomas Meehan (Annie, The Producers, Hairspray) and Christopher Curtis, begins its final three weeks of performances on Broadway this week. CHAPLIN is directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle (Finian’s Rainbow; Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway).  A brand new musical depicting the life of film icon Charlie Chaplin, CHAPLIN opened on Broadway on Monday, September 10, 2012 after beginning previews on Tuesday, August 21, 2012. CHAPLIN will play its final performance on Broadway at the Barrymore Theatre on Sunday, January 6, 2013.

As previously announced, the entertainment agency AWA Partners (www.AWA-Partners.com) is putting together a US national tour of CHAPLIN that will launch in the fall of 2014, with plans for an international world tour to follow. The CHAPLIN Original Broadway Cast Recording is now available digitally and will be in retail stores beginning January 8, 2013 and on sale in the Barrymore Theatre.

CHAPLIN star Rob McClure recently won the Clive Barnes Foundation Award in Theater for his outstanding performance as Charlie Chaplin. The awards were established by Barnes’ widow Valerie Taylor-Barnes to honor outstanding young talents from the worlds of theater and dance.

Rob McClure has been unanimously praised by the critics for his performance in CHAPLIN:

“There’s real enchantment in the way Mr. McClure’s nimble, compact frame shapes itself into Chaplin’s Little Tramp, a blessed assembly of props and tics and, above all, that walk. What we’re watching is a dizzying multilevel metamorphosis, in which an actor is playing an actor finding the part that would define his career.”

-Ben Brantley, The New York Times

“An impeccably charming, graceful performance by Rob McClure.”

-David Cote, Time Out New York

“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

“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

CLICK HERE to view the CHAPLIN video reel

In addition to McClure in the title role, CHAPLIN also features Jim Borstelmann (Alf Reeves), Jenn Colella (Hedda Hopper), Ethan Khusidman (Usher), Erin Mackey (Oona O’Neill), Michael McCormick (Sennett, McGranery, Emcee), Christiane Noll (Hannah Chaplin), Zachary Unger (Young Charlie, Jackie) and Wayne Alan Wilcox (Sydney Chaplin).

The cast also includes Justin Bowen, Emilee Dupré, Sara Edwards, Leslie Donna Flesner, Lisa Gajda, Timothy Hughes, Ian Liberto, Renée Marino, Michael Mendez, Sarah O’Gleby, Hayley Podschun, Adam Rogers, William Ryall, Eric Santagata and Emily Tyra.

The creative team for CHAPLIN includes scenic design by Beowulf Boritt, costume design by Amy Clark and Martin Pakledinaz, lighting design by Ken Billington, sound design by Scott Lehrer and Drew Levy, and projection design by Jon Driscoll. Bryan Perri is the musical director.

From the slums of London to the heights of Hollywood, CHAPLIN is the showbiz Broadway musical about the silent film legend the world couldn’t stop talking about -  Charlie Chaplin. The brand new 24-person musical reveals the man behind the legend, the undeniable genius that forever changed the way America went to the movies.

CHAPLIN is produced on Broadway by the Rich Entertainment Group (Bob & Mindy Rich), John and Claire Caudwell, Roy Gabay, the Viertel Routh Frankel Baruch Group, Chunsoo Shin / Waxman-Dokton, and Broadway Across America.

Tickets for CHAPLIN can be purchased through Telecharge at www.telecharge.com or by calling 212-239-6200, and in person at the Barrymore Theatre box office (243 West 47th Street). Tickets range in price from $66.50 to $135.50 (all prices include a $1.50 facility fee). Premium seating is available.

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