Broadway Review: Chaplin the Musical

Since I quitted the Ethel Barrymore Theater on West 47th Street last Thursday night——swimming in pure ecstasy, brought on by a very satisfying performance of Chaplin the Musical ——I have been itching to write this review! 

First of all, you must understand that this is the best musical I have ever seen. It gave employment to all my emotions. Yes, perhaps I will spit this same gibberish about another production some time in the near future, but at the present, I am still high on the production of the Tramp on Broadway.

Like most Broadway shows, the musical started about seven minutes late, unlike most, the matter is spilled  in about two and a half hours, including a fifteen minutes intermission. The hours, I did not feel, just as you too, wouldn't; I was on an emotional roller-coaster. I laughed, teared up, giggled, blew my nose, Awww-ed, booed, and the rest of the audience were with me.

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 Written by Christopher Curtis and Thomas Meehan, the music is also written by Curtis, and directed by Warren Calyle. Chaplin the Musical started previewing on August 21st and will continue until September 9th.  Regular performance starts on the 12th of September, and tickets start at a pick-pocketing $66.50! If I were you, I would start looking into ways to get a really, really good discount. Yes, the production is awesome; but for a jobless Grad student, I find the prices outrageous!

I am all over the place, as usual! Let's get to the amazing cast before I lose it. Rob McClure as Charlie Chaplin is poetry, Zachary Unger as young Chaplin is a heart thief. I loved McClue, and loved him even more when he was being swatted in the papers by the bitter Hedda Hopper, played by Jenn Colella. Colella is so good, I had to remember not to boo at her, too often! Wayne Alan Wilcox as Sydney Chaplin is just what a brother ought to be. Oona O'Neill played by Erin Mackey, is quite lovely, but her scenes were too few to leave any great impression. The stage, the costumes, and the make-up, plays with a black and white theme; but though there are plenty bust of colors here and there, one still get to see Charlie in some black and white!

Now, I had some healthy skepticism in the beginning, how does one intend to sing away the story of a man, capitally known for his amazing silent black and white films?! Well, I shouldn't have fret plenty. The singing and the story is carried out quite wonderfully. Oh, and the costumes are to the die for! Imaginary hats off to Amy Clark and Martin Pakledinaz for such eye-candies!

For now, I am not giving any spoilers. I did hate it if someone did that to me.   But if you would love a glimpse, click here to be directed to the official site of Chaplin the Musical.


  1. The same exact reactions when I was watching his movies as a kid- the laugh, the tears,the giggles, the running nose, the "Awww" when he buy the blind girl a rose, the booing when the evil guys are wrong him. Good you enjoyed it!


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