From the slums of London to the heights of Hollywood, “CHAPLIN: THE MUSICAL” is the new Broadway show about the silent film legend whom the world could not stop talking about – Charlie Chaplin.
The latest Broadway production from Rich Entertainment Group, “CHAPLIN” makes its New York debut Sept. 10, 2012, at the Barrymore Theatre, in the heart of Manhattan’s Theatre District. Previews run from Aug. 21 through Sept. 8.
“CHAPLIN,” with music and lyrics by Christopher Curtis and a book by Curtis and three-time Tony Award® winner Thomas Meehan (“Annie,” “The Producers,” “Hairspray”), is directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle. Starring Rob McClure in the title role, the show’s 22-person cast reveals the man behind the legend, the undeniable genius who forever changed the way America goes to the movies.
Charles Spencer Chaplin was born in London in 1889. He was the son of talented British music hall entertainers, yet poverty and hardship dogged the family.
At age 10, Charlie took to the stage for work and his talent as a dancer gained instant recognition. But his dream was to be in comedy. He landed a series of acting jobs throughout his teens and by age 21 had latched onto a British comedy troupe that toured America’s vaudeville circuit. By the end of 1913, Chaplin had a contract for his first motion picture.
No sooner had he appeared in his first couple films than Chaplin created the bumbling, but lovable on-screen character with whom he would forever be identified, the Tramp, also known as the Little Tramp. A trailblazer in the industry – known for writing, directing and producing, as well as for composing music for his films – Chaplin is widely recognized as one of the most-creative and influential personalities of the silent-film era. He died in 1977, after spending more than 75 years in the entertainment business.
Another pioneering name has helped bring the musical depiction of the Little Tramp’s life to the Great White Way. “CHAPLIN” is the third Broadway production this year from Rich Entertainment Group (REG), a subsidiary of global food solutions provider Rich Products Corporation.
A diverse holding company that produces theatrical entertainment, operates sports teams and delivers unique hospitality and travel experiences, REG is headed by President Melinda R. “Mindy” Rich and Vice President Robert E. “Bob” Rich Jr. Co-producers of “CHAPLIN,” Mindy and Bob also co-produced the recent Broadway presentations of “Jesus Christ Superstar” and “Leap of Faith,” both nominated for 2012 Tony Awards. Additionally, the duo co-produced “Doctor Zhivago, the Musical,” which toured Australia in 2011.
In early August, Mindy and Bob celebrated the pending New York premiere of “CHAPLIN” with fellow associates at Rich Products’ World Headquarters, in Buffalo, N.Y. The special “producer’s party” featured Christopher Curtis, the musical force behind “CHAPLIN,” who thrilled the crowd with moving song performances from the show. Christopher and Mindy also shared with the audience their secrets for creating a successful Broadway musical.
Mindy Rich serves as Vice Chairman of Rich Products Corporation and sits on the Board of Trustees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and for the Culinary Institute of America.
As Chairman of Rich Products Corporation, Bob Rich has led the company to annual worldwide sales exceeding $3 billion. In addition to his distinction as one of America’s most-dynamic business leaders, Bob holds a number of esteemed positions on several corporate and nonprofit boards and organizations, including the Cleveland Clinic, where he is Chairman of the Board.
[EDITOR’S NOTE: “CHAPLIN” completed its Broadway run in 2012.]