PHOTO CALL: Rob McClure, Christiane Noll, Jenn Colella and Cast Preview Broadway's Chaplin
By Matthew Blank
The new Broadway musical Chaplin, depicting the life of screen legend Charlie Chaplin, will begin previews at Broadway's Barrymore Theatre Aug. 21, prior to an official opening Sept. 10. The cast offered a sneak peek at an August 7 press event.
Chaplin features music and lyrics by Christopher Curtis and a book by three-time Tony Award winner Thomas Meehan (Annie, The Producers, Hairspray) and Curtis.
Drama Desk nominee Warren Carlyle (Finian's Rainbow; Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway) will direct and choreograph the production, which features Rob McClure in the title role.
McClure originated the role of Chaplin at La Jolla Playhouse (Craig Noel Award winner). Most recently in New York, he starred in the title role of Where's Charley? for City Center Encores! A two-time Barrymore Award winner, he appeared on Broadway as Princeton/Rod in the Tony Award-winning musical Avenue Q. He made his Broadway debut in the 2002 Broadway revival of I'm Not Rappaport with Judd Hirsch and Ben Vereen.
Also featured are Jim Borstelmann (The Addams Family, Young Frankenstein) as Alf Reeves, Jenn Colella (High Fidelity, Urban Cowboy) as Hedda Hopper, Erin Mackey (Anything Goes, Wicked) as Oona O'Neill, Michael McCormick (Elf, Curtains) as Sennett, McGranery/Emcee, Tony Award nominee Christiane Noll (Ragtime, Jekyll & Hyde) as Hannah Chaplin, Zachary Unger (Encores! Merrily We Roll Along) as Young Charlie/Jackie and Wayne Alan Wilcox (The Normal Heart) as Sydney Chaplin.
Rounding out the ensemble are Justin Bowen, Emilee Dupré, Sara Edwards, Leslie Donna Flesner, Lisa Gajda, Timothy Hughes, Ethan Khusidman, Ian Liberto, Renée Marino, Michael Mendez, Sarah O’Gleby, Hayley Podschun, Adam Rogers, William Ryall, Eric Santagata and Emily Tyra.
Here's how producers characterize the new musical: "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."
The creative team for Chaplin includes scenic designer Beowulf Boritt, costume designers Amy Clark and Martin Pakledinaz, lighting designer Ken Billington, sound designers Scott Lehrer and Drew Levy and projection designer Jon Driscoll. Bryan Perri is the musical director.
Chaplin is produced on Broadway by the Rich Entertainment Group, Roy Gabay, and John and Claire Caudwell, with additional producers to be announced.
The Barrymore Theatre is located at 243 West 47th Street. Tickets, which range in price from $66.50 to $135.50, can be purchased through Telecharge or by calling (212) 239-6200.
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