Broadway's new musical CHAPLIN begins previews tomorrow at 8pm and opens September 10 at the Barrymore Theatre (243 West 47th Street). Meet the cast below!
CHAPLIN is a new musical depicting the life of film icon Charlie Chaplin, with music and lyrics by Christopher Curtis and book by three-time Tony Award-winner Thomas Meehan (Annie, The Producers, Hairspray) and Christopher Curtis. Warren Carlyle (Finian's Rainbow; Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway) directs and choreographs the production.
CHAPLIN stars Rob McClure in the title role, and also features Jim Borstelmann (Alf Reeves), Jenn Colella (Hedda Hopper), Erin Mackey (Oona O'Neill), Michael McCormick (Sennett, McGranery, Emcee), Christiane Noll (Hannah Chaplin), Zachary Unger (Young Charlie, Jackie) and Wayne Alan Wilcox (Sydney Chaplin).
The production also includes 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.
The creative team for CHAPLIN includes scenic design by Beowulf Boritt, costume design by Amy Clark and Martin Pakledinaz, lighting design by Ken Billington, sound design by Scott Lehrer and Drew Levy, and projection design by Jon Driscoll. Bryan Perri is the musical director.
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.
Rob McClure (Charlie Chaplin) originated the role of Chaplin at La Jolla Playhouse (Craig Noel Award winner). Most recently in New York, Rob starred in another title role, leading the cast of Where's Charley? at Encores. A two-time Barrymore Award winner, Rob starred 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 alongside Judd Hirsch and Ben Vereen. Other selected credits include Avenue Q (1st National Tour, Helen Hayes Nomination), Amadeus (Mozart, Walnut Street Theatre), Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour, The MUNY), The Game's Afoot (world premiere by Ken Ludwig, Cleveland Playhouse), The Producers (Carmen Ghia, Walnut Street Theatre), The Flea and the Professor (world-premiere, Arden Theatre) and Johnny Baseball (world premiere American Repertory Theater).
Jim Borstelmann (Alf Reeves) is an original cast member of the Broadway revival of Chicago. He went on to play several funny characters for Susan Stroman and Mel Brooks in The Producersand Young Frankenstein on Broadway and in the film. Jim was last seen on Broadway playing Uncle Fester opposite Brooke Shields and Roger Reese in The Addams Family. He can be seen in the documentary Broadway the Golden Years.
Jenn Colella (Hedda Hopper) starred on Broadway in Urban Cowboy (Outer Critics Circle Award Nomination) and in High Fidelity. Off-Broadway: Closer Than Ever, Slut, Beebo Brinker Chronicles, Don't Quit Your Nightjob, Lucky Guy. Other favorite credits include: Amelia Earhart in Take Flight(McCarter), Peter Pan in Peter Pan (Stephen Sondheim PAC), Daisy in Side Show (Kennedy Center), Hedda Hopper in Becoming Chaplin (La Jolla Playhouse), Kiki in Kiki Baby (Outstanding Individual Performance Award, NYMF). TV: Sondheim! The Birthday Concert at Lincoln Center, Cashmere Mafia, Rescue Me, The Good Wife. Film: Uncertainty (opposite Joseph Gordon-Levitt). Stand-up comedy: Laugh Factory, Comedy Store (Los Angeles). Ms. Colella proudly holds an MFA in acting from The University of California, Irvine.
Erin Mackey (Oona O'Neill) has appeared on Broadway in Roundabout Theatre's Anything Goes (Hope Harcourt), Wicked (Glinda) and Sondheim on Sondheim (Roundabout). She also played the role of Glinda in the LA and Chicago companies of Wicked. Off-Broadway: I Remember Mama (York Theatre). Film/TV: Gossip Girl, Blue Bloods, The Parent Trap.
Michael McCormick (Mack Sennett, Charlie Chaplin Sr., McGranery) has appeared on Broadway in Elf (Mr. Greenway), Curtains (Oscar Shapiro), How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Pajama Game, Kiss Me Kate (1st Gangster), 1776 (John Adams), Sam Mendes' Gypsy, Marie Christine, Kiss of the Spider Woman, La Bete. Recent Off-Broadway: Tin Pan Alley Rag (Roundabout), A Man of No Importance(LTC). Most recent City Center Encores! include: Fannyand Babes in Arms. National Tours: The Producers(Franz Leibkind), Les Miserables (Thenardier), Kiss of the Spiderwoman (Warden). Recent TV: all three of theLaw & Order series, Candide and My Favorite Broadway (PBS). Film: The Producers and A Very Serious Person. Member of AEA since his 1965 Broadway debut in Oliver!.
Christiane Noll (Hannah Chaplin)'s Broadway and tour credits include Ragtime (Tony® nomination), Urinetown, Mambo Kings, It Ain't Nothin But The Blues, Jekyll & Hyde, Grease, Miss Saigon, City of Angels, South Pacific. Film: The King & I (Singing Anna). Other: Closer Than Ever (York Theatre Co.), Witches of Eastwick (Signature Theatre, VA), New Moon (Encores!), Lizzie Borden (Goodspeed Opera), The Student Prince (Paper Mill Playhouse), Lincoln Center American Songbook Series. Symphony soloist with Marvin Hamlisch, Don Pippin and Peter Nero. Opera debut: Washington National Opera, opposite Placido Domingo.
Zachary Unger (Young Charlie, Jackie Coogan) will make his Broadway debut in CHAPLIN. Loves performing, football and basketball. Off-Broadway: Merrily We Roll Along (Frank Jr.), Measure for Measure (Boy). Readings and workshops include: Becoming Chaplin (Young Charlie), Finding Neverland (Michael). Film: Admission, Tar, Lily. TV: Letterman, Dora the Explorer, American Viral. Love and huge thanks to Mom, Dad, Noah, grandmas and grandpas and my supportive friends! Special thanks to Rachel and Ellen at Abrams Artists, Random Farms Kids Theatre, Amelia, Gulia and Carly.
Wayne Alan Wilcox (Sydney Chaplin) has appeared on Broadway in Coram Boy, The Normal Heart (Tony®, Drama Desk, Drama League award), Priscilla Queen of the Dessert. Off-Broadway/favorite theater: Carrie(MCC), Suddenly Last Summer (Roundabout), A Man Of No Importance (LCT), Great American Trailer Park Musical, The Full Monty, Importance of Being Earnest,The Last Five Years, The Light in the Piazza, The Sisters Rosenweig. TV/Film: Marty on The Gilmore Girls, Law and Order, RENT, Under (Gold at Toronto Film Festival, student academy award), Interview (with Steve Buscemi, dir.), My Sassy Girl. Love to my giant family in NYC, LA, VA, DC and NC.
Justin Bowen (Ensemble) is set to make his Broadway debut. Previous credits include Paper Mill Playhouse (Hero, A Funny Thing...Forum), Goodspeed Musicals (Mickey, Hello! My Baby), Stages St. Louis (Tom Sawyer, Big River!), Yale Institute for Music Theatre, NYMF, as well as CBS' My Broadway Debut. BM, Florida State University. Many thanks to the folks at Nicolosi & Co, Warren, and Mom and Dad for their endless love and support.
Emilee Dupré (Joan Barry, Ensemble) could be seen on Broadway in The People in the Picture (Roundabout). Off-Broadway: The Blue Flower (Second Stage), Girl Crazy, On the Town (NY City Center), Seascape with Sharks and Dancer (Lion), Somewhat Damaged(Metropolitan). National Tours: A Chorus Line, High School Musical, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Fosse. Regional: Cabaret (freeFall), Oklahoma! (Arena), A Wonderful Life (Paper Mill), My Fair Lady (Pioneer). BFA in Acting from NYU Tisch. Thank you friends and family!
Sara Edwards (Dance Captain, Ensemble) appeared in Follies (Broadway, Kennedy Center, Ahmanson Theater) also Warren Carlyle's assistant choreographer. Broadway: Irving Berlin's White Christmas. NYCC Encores!: No, No, Nanette and Of Thee I Sing. Turn of the Century at the Goodman Theater (dir. Tommy Tune). OCU graduate. Sara joined CHAPLIN in La Jolla and can't wait to bring it to Broadway, thank you Warren and Mindy. For Mom, Dad and Ari for their smiles and encouragement.
Leslie Donna Flesner (Swing) appeared on Broadway in Finian's Rainbow (Melinda, u/s Susan the Silent), Follies (Young Dee Dee, u/s Young Heidi). City Center Encores: Fanny, Finian's Rainbow. Regional: Ahmanson Theater, Kennedy Center, MUNY, North Shore Music Theater, Pittsburgh CLO, Portland Center Stage, Ogunquit Playhouse. Film/TV: Boardwalk Empire. Love to Mom, Dad, Justin and Warren.
Lisa Gajda (Ensemble) appeared on Broadway in Catch Me If You Can (u/s Carol), Elf, Finian's Rainbow (u/s Susan), Guys and Dolls, Pal Joey (u/s Gladys), Cry Baby (u/s Mona, Pepper), The Times They Are A Changin', Spamalot, Movin' Out, Taboo,Urban Cowboy, Sweet Smell Of Success (u/s Rita), Kiss Me Kate, Fosse, How To Succeed In Business, Tommy. Television: 2012 Tony Awards® opening number, Fashion Rocks (with Duran Duran), Viva Variety(Swimsuit Squad), MTV Music Awards (with Paula Abdul), 63rd and 64th Academy Awards®.
Timothy Hughes (Ensemble) makes his Broadway debut in CHAPLIN, having also appeared in NYC developments of CHAPLIN, Josephine, and Bill T. Jones' Superfly!. National Tour:Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Other favorite credits include: Greg in A Chorus Line (MSMT), Kyle/Dewey in Legally Blonde (North Shore), Carnival! (Goodspeed), Cabaret(Geva Theater), and Joseph...(Arkansas Rep). Proud NYU/CAP21 alum. Abundant thanks for the unwavering support from his wonderful family and friends. Dedicated to his father.
Ethan Khusidman (Usher, Ensemble) is very excited to be a part of the Broadway production of CHAPLIN. Born and raised in New York, Ethan, now ten years old, made his theatrical debut as Gavroche in the National Tour of the 25th Anniversary Production ofLes Miserables. Off-Broadway: Harry Finfer/Tommy Mara at Actor's Fund benefit reading of Miracle on 34thStreet: The Musical. Film: Dark Was The Night (Adam Shields), Making Friends (Denny). TV: appearance atThe Whitest Kids U'Know. Thanks to: David Doan (Generation TV), Rob LaRocca, Luke McEndarfer, Bob Marks, Telsey Casting, and most importantly to his friends and family.
Ian Liberto (Ensemble) has appeared on Broadway in Billy Elliot (u/s Adult Billy), How To Succeed..., Promises Promises. Tours: A Chorus Line(Bobby, first national), Thoroughly Modern Milly (u/s Jimmy). Regional: The Kennedy Center, Gateway, Sacramento Music Circus, Prather, Little Theatre, Ravinia, Drury Lane, Marriott, TUTS, and Papermill. Graduate of Millikin University. For Dad.
Renée Marino (Ensemble) appeared on Broadway in Wonderland, West Side Story (Rosalia). National Tours: Jersey Boys (Mary Delgado), Disney's High School Musical, and Cats. TV: Madonna's "Give me all your Luvin" video, Lucille Roberts and Shaun T's Asylum commercials. Renée, a graduate of Wagner College, is the associate choreographer of Sistas Off-Broadway and she recently performed in two workshops ofSuperfly directed by Bill T. Jones. Love and thanks to Warren and this incredible team, MSA and my beautiful family! Faith, love and trust.
Michael Mendez (Ensemble) makes his Broadway debut. Off-Broadway: Fat Camp (American Theatre of Actors) Regional: Fat Camp (Playhouse Square, NYMF), Hello! My Baby (Goodspeed), How The Grinch Stole Christmas (The Old Globe), The Full Monty (AMTSJ). Michael would like to thank his family, friends and Nicolosi & Co. BFA: University of Arizona.
Sarah O'Gleby (Ensemble) could be seen on Broadway in How to Succeed with Daniel Radcliffe, Promises Promises. West End: Candide,Footloose, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, We Will Rock You, Mamma Mia, Saturday Night Fever. Tour: Guys and Dolls, Annie Get Your Gun. Assistant choreography credits include: How to Succeed, 101 Dalmatians, The Academy Awards® with Hugh Jackman, The Wedding Singer, Dancing in Shadows (Soeul, South Korea) and The Producers(Madrid, Spain). TV: Smash (NBC), The Miraculous Year (HBO).
Hayley Podschun (MildrEd Harris, Ensemble) has appeared on Broadway in Anything Goes, Pal Joey, Sunday in the Park with George, Hairspray (as well as the First National Tour), and The Sound of Music. Off-Broadway: Julianne Moore's Freckleface Strawberry (starring as Strawberry, original cast). Regional: Legally Blonde (Elle Woods), Peter Pan (Wendy), Parade (Iola Stover). TV/Film: Louie, Psychic Detectives, Hairspray(Tammy). Thanks to everyone in the CHAPLIN family, DBA Gals, Miller-Marley, and always to Mom, Dad and C.
Adam Rogers (Ensemble) Trained at the JKO School at the American Ballet Theater. Adam has danced with the Pennsylvania Ballet, Sarasota Ballet of Florida, and Kansas City Ballet. Regional: Aladdin, Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (MUNY Theater). He was also seen in Fame in Macau, China.
William Ryall (Fred Karno, Ensemble) most recently appeared in the Tony Award®-winning production of Anything Goes. Other Broadway credits:Guys and Dolls, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Seussical, High Society, How to Succeed, Grand Hotel, Whorehouse Goes Public, Me and My Girl, Amadeus, Chess (in concert). Bill appeared as the Postman in the NYC Opera production of Most Happy Fella and has toured with many National Companies. Television credits include: Royal Pains,One Life to Live, Another World, and the Tony Awards® for 1987, 1990, 1995, 2009, and 2011. His most recent film is as Jimmy in Charlie Kaufman's Synecdoche, New York.
Eric Santagata (Swing) Broadway/NYC: The Apple Tree, The Scottsboro Boys(assistant director/choreographer), Happiness (Lincoln Center), Face the Music (Encores!), Stairway to Paradise (Encores!). Tours: The Boy Friend directed by Julie Andrews (Bobby Van Husen) and Casper starring Chita Rivera. Regional: The Old Globe, MUNY, PCLO,Alabama Shakespeare Festival, The Guthrie, Paper Mill Playhouse. TV/Film: Pittsburgh, Kennedy Center Honors; Mel Brooks Tribute. CCM Graduate. Thanks to friends, family and agents.
Emily Tyra (Ensemble) Broadway: Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway. Off-Broadway: The City Club (Candy). Workshop: Little Dancer (Delphine, dir. Susan Stroman). Regional Favorites: Beauty and the Beast (Silly Girl) and Singin' in the Rain (Ordway Center), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels(Walnut Street), Joseph... (North Shore). TV: TV Land Awards with Liza Minelli, HBO's Boardwalk Empire. Dance: Boston Ballet, James Sewell Ballet. Training: American Ballet Theatre and Boston Ballet School scholarships, The PIT. Love to my family, Warren and Telsey!