AUDIO EXCLUSIVE: Rob McClure Sings "Where Are All the People?" From Chaplin's Cast Recording
By Michael Gioia
In anticipation of the release of Chaplin's original Broadway cast album, Sony Masterworks has given Playbill.com an exclusive listen to "Where Are All the People?," Rob McClure's arresting, second-act ballad from the new Broadway musical that chronicles the life of silent film star Charlie Chaplin.
The original Broadway cast album will be released digitally by Masterworks Broadway Dec. 4, prior to a physical release in stores on Jan. 8, 2013.
Produced by Grammy winner David Lai, the Broadway company recorded the new musical Nov. 5. 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.
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Bryan Perri is the musical director, and orchestrations are by Larry Hochman. Jonathan Tunick and Michael Starobin provide additional orchestrations with vocal arrangements by Bryan Perri and dance arrangements by Perri and Curtis.
Chaplin, which officially opened at Broadway's Barrymore Theatre Sept. 10, stars critically acclaimed Barrymore Award winner McClure in the title role. Previews began Aug. 21, and tickets are available through June 2, 2013.
McClure, who previously starred on Broadway in Avenue Q, originated the role of Chaplin in 2010 at La Jolla Playhouse, where the musical received its world premiere under the title of Limelight; that staging received Craig Noel Awards for Outstanding Lead Performance in a Musical (McClure) and Outstanding New Musical.
Joining McClure in Chaplin are 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.
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.
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