Could this be Broadway’s first silent… musical? Producers of the Charlie Chaplin musical Chaplin (an enigmatic title, no doubt) today announced the production’s plans to open on Broadway on September 10, 2012 at the Barrymore Theatre.
Chaplin comes to Broadway after a lauded run at San Diego’s La Jolla Playhouse, where it played in 2010 under the original title Limelight (and won the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle’s Craig Noel Award for Best Musical). As the new name would suggest, the musical adapts the story of iconic silent film legend Charlie Chaplin as his storied career turns him from a London slumdog to a Hollywood star.
Warren Carlyle (Finian’s Rainbow) will direct the new musical featuring music and lyrics by Christopher Curtis (in his Broadway composing debut) and a book by stage comedy vet Thomas Meehan (Annie, Hairspray, The Producers). Additional casting and creative members will be announced soon.