A U.S. national tour of the Broadway musical “Chaplin: The Musical” will launch in fall 2014, with an international tour to follow.
The Broadway production of the musical, that details the life of Charlie Chaplain, opened in September of this year at the Barrymore Theatre, where it continues to run. No official dates or cities have yet been announced.
Here’s how producers describe the 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 music and lyrics for “Chaplin: The Musical” are written by Christopher Curtis, who also cowrote the book with Tony Award-winner Thomas Meehan. The musical is both directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle, known for his Broadway work on “Follies” and “Hugh Jackman – Back on Broadway.”
The Broadway production stars Rob McClure in the title roll, and also features Christiane Noll, Jenn Colella and Erin Mackey among the cast. McClure is probably best known for his previous role in “Avenue Q.” Additional performers in the current production include Jim Borstelmann, Michael McCormick, Zachary Unger and Wayne Alan Wilcox. Casting for the upcoming tour has not yet been announced.
The musical was first performed at the New York Musical Theatre Festival in 2006, and in 2010 it played at the La Jolla Playhouse in La Jolla, California. The production has been presented under different names in the past, including “Behind the Limelight.”
Chaplin was born in 1889 and was most popular in the late 1910s and the 1920s. In addition to being an actor, he co-founded the United Artists film studio in 1919.