Limelight Musical, Starring Robert McClure and Ashley Brown, Opens at La Jolla Sept. 19 | Playbill

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News Limelight Musical, Starring Robert McClure and Ashley Brown, Opens at La Jolla Sept. 19 Limelight: The Story of Charlie Chaplin, the new musical about the stage and film renaissance man, flickers to life at La Jolla Playhouse, opening Sept. 19 following previews from Sept. 7. Robert McClure, a veteran "Princeton" of the musical Avenue Q on Broadway, plays the famed Little Tramp.

Rob McClure and Jenn Colella in Limelight
Rob McClure and Jenn Colella in Limelight Photo by Craig Schwartz

Warren Carlyle (Broadway's A Tale of Two Cities, Finian's Rainbow) now shares direction credit with Michael Unger.

Joining McClure in the show that has music and lyrics by Christopher Curtis and a book by Curtis and Tony Award winner Thomas Meehan (Annie, Hairspray, The Producers), is Ashley Brown, who originated the title role in Broadway's Mary Poppins as Oona.

Choreographer Carlyle was recently named co-director of the show, with Unger, who had shepherded the show for several years.

The production plays to Oct. 17 in the Mandell Weiss Theatre in La Jolla, CA.

* The company includes 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, 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, plus 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.

The creative team also includes music director Bryan Perri; scenic designer Alexander Dodge; costume designer Linda Cho; lighting designer Paul Gallo; sound designer Jon Weston; orchestrator Douglas Besterman; dramaturg Gabriel Greene; stage manager Frank Hartenstein; and script consultant and physical comedy specialist Dan Kamin.

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."

For tickets and information, call (858) 550-1010 or visit

The cast of <i>Limelight</i>
The cast of Limelight Photo by Craig Schwartz

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