PHOTO CALL: Chaplin Star Rob McClure Takes to the Ice at Rockefeller Centerís "First Skate"
By Matthew Blank
Chaplin leading man Rob McClure laced up his skates for a solo ice performance at Rockefeller Center's Rink the morning of Oct. 16. He was then joined on the ice by Chef Yuhi Fujinaga of The Sea Grill and Chef Antonio Prontelli of Rock Center Café.
In Chaplin, McClure is joined by Jim Borstelmann (The Addams Family, Young Frankenstein) as Alf Reeves, Chaplin's longtime friend and production manager; Jenn Colella (High Fidelity, Urban Cowboy) as Hedda Hopper, a powerful gossip columnist determined to bring down the Little Tramp; Erin Mackey (Anything Goes, Wicked) as the young Oona O'Neill, Chaplin's last wife; Michael McCormick (Elf, Curtains) as producer Sennett, McGranery/Emcee; Tony Award nominee Christiane Noll (Ragtime, Jekyll & Hyde) as Chaplin's mother, Hannah, who appears through a series of flashbacks; Zachary Unger (Encores! Merrily We Roll Along) as Young Charlie/Jackie; and Wayne Alan Wilcox (The Normal Heart) as older brother Sydney Chaplin.
The new musical, directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle, features music and lyrics by Christopher Curtis and a book by Tony Award winner Thomas Meehan and Curtis.
Here's how it's billed: "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."
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