The new Broadway musical Chaplin, based on the life of screen legend Charlie Chaplin, hosted a benefit performance Nov. 9 for the NYC Firefighters charity, Lil' Bravest Inc., which raises money for children with diseases.
The Lil' Bravest was started by a group of firefighters from Engine 84 and Ladder 34 in honor of two of their "brothers," Rory O'flaherty and John "Sully" Sullivan, who they lost in 2010. The organization's goal is to improve the quality of life for children who are hospitalized or being treated for childhood diseases.
Here's how producers bill Chaplin: "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."
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.