The Broadway production of “Chaplin,” the musical about the life of silent film star Charlie Chaplin, just closed last night, January 6, but producers have now revealed that a Brazil production of the musical will open in 2014.
The new production will open at the Teatro Procopio Ferreira in Saw Paulo, Brazil, in April 2014. Casting and the official opening date for this version of the musical have not yet been announced by the producers, Chaim XYZ Producoes.
The Broadway version of the show opened September 10, 2012 at the Barrymore Theatre and starred Rob McClure in the title role. McClure originated the role at the La Jolla Playhouse when the musical first premiered in 2010. At the time it was called “Limelight,” and McClure won a Craig Noel Award for Outstanding Lead Performance. McClure appeared on Broadway previously in “Avenue Q.”
Thomas Meehan wrote the book for the musical, and a relative unknown named Christopher Curtis wrote the music and lyrics. Warren Carlyle, known for his Broadway work on “Hugh Jackman – Back on Broadway” and “Follies,” directed and choreographed the production.
“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,” is how production notes describe the musical. “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.”
In other “Chaplin” news, producers announced last November that a U.S. national tour will launch in fall 2014, and an international tour is expected to follow. No official dates or cities have yet been announced for the tour, which will be presented by AWA Partners.
Other notable actors from the Broadway version of the musical include Jim Borstelmann (“The Addams Family,” “Young Frankenstein”) and Jenn Colella (“High Fidelity,” “Urban Cowboy”).