PHOTO CALL: Robert McClure, Ashley Brown, Jenn Colella in La Jolla's Limelight: The Story of Charlie Chaplin

News   PHOTO CALL: Robert McClure, Ashley Brown, Jenn Colella in La Jolla's Limelight: The Story of Charlie Chaplin
 
Robert McClure, a veteran Princeton of the musical Avenue Q on Broadway and on tour, plays the Little Tramp himself in La Jolla Playhouse's fall world-premiere production of the musical Limelight: The Story of Charlie Chaplin.

Michael Unger directs the production, which began previews on Sept. 7 at the Mandell Weiss Theatre in La Jolla, CA. The production runs through Oct. 17, with an opening on Sept. 19.

Here's how La Jolla bills the show: "Charlie Chaplin came to America an unknown and left amidst scandals and controversy. In between, he became one of the best-loved and most famous entertainers in the world. From the gritty streets and smoky music halls of London to movie screens across the globe, Limelight goes behind the camera to show how a comic genius found soaring success and later fell from grace. This thrilling world-premiere musical provides a captivating close-up on the man who changed motion pictures forever."

Here is a look at the production:


 

Joining McClure is Ashley Brown, who originated the title role in Broadway's Mary Poppins (as Oona), with LJ Benet ("Diary of a Wimpy Kid") as Young Sydney, Jenn Colella (Broadway's Urban Cowboy, The Times They Are A-Changin') as Hedda Hopper, Eddie Korbich (Broadway's The Drowsy Chaperone, The Little Mermaid) as Karno, Janet Metz (original company of Falsettoland, La Jolla Playhouse's Harmony) as Hannah, Brooke Sunny Moriber (Broadway's Follies, The Wild Party) as Mildred, Ron Orbach (Broadway's Chicago, Laughter on the 23rd Floor) as Mr. Chaplin, Roland Rusinek (Broadway's The Phantom of the Opera) as Alf, Jake Schwenke (Michael in Broadway's Billy Elliot) as Young Charlie/Jackie, Matthew Scott (Broadway's Jersey Boys, A Catered Affair) as Sydney and William Youmans (Broadway's Wicked, La Jolla Playhouse's Dracula the Musical, Randy Newman's Faust) as Older Charlie. The ensemble includes Aaron Acosta, Courtney Corey, Matthew Patrick Davis, Justin Michael Duval, Sara Edwards, Ben Liebert, Alyssa Marie, Jennifer Noble, Kürt Norby, Carly Nykanen, Jessica Reiner-Harris and Kirsten Scott.

For tickets and information, call (858) 550-1010 or visit www.lajollaplayhouse.org.

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