Chaplin

Chaplin is based on the real-life story of Charlie Chaplin, the iconic film actor, writer, producer and director. The new musical spans the comic’s entire career, from Chaplin’s first performance as a child in 19th-century London to his tearful acceptance of an honorary Academy Award in 1972. The show documents the beloved actor’s rise to fame and the people who shaped his life, including his mother Hannah, his older brother Sydney, his fourth wife Oona O’Neill and gossip columnist Hedda Hopper. The musical dramatizes the making of Chaplin’s legendary films, including The Kid, The Circus, Modern Times and The Great Dictator as well as his turbulent childhood, frenzied love life and political beliefs. Featuring an original score by Christopher Curtis, including “Look at All the People,” “Just Another Day in Hollywood” and “This Man,” Chaplin tells the touching story of the man who makes the world laugh as his legendary screen persona, the Tramp, but struggles to find happiness in his own life.

Available for performances beginning January 1, 2020.

Roles
5F, 6M
Musicians
10
Duration
150 Min

Music

Creators

Chris Curtis

Chris Curtis

Music and Lyrics, Book Composer/lyricist Chris Curtis’ musical Chaplin, played on Broadway and was nominated for eight Outer Critics Circle Awards including ‘Best Musical’ and ‘Best Score’. Chaplin was also nominated for 6 Drama...

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Thomas Meehan

Thomas Meehan

Book Thomas Meehan was an American playwright. He was best known for writing the books for the musicals Annie, The Producers, and Hairspray. Meehan also wrote the books for the musicals Young Frankenstein and Cry-Baby, and co-wrote the...

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Instrumentation

10 Musicians

Piano
Keyboard
Reed 1
Reed 2
Trumpet
Horn
Bass
Drums/Percussion
Violin
Cello

Casting

Charlie Chaplin
After surviving a poverty-stricken and difficult childhood he turned luck into skill and skill into unprecedented opportunity and success. He ages from late teens to late 40’s as he displays unmatched talent on the vaudeville stage, in Keystone pictures and as producer, director and star of his own film studio.

Hannah Chaplin
Charlie’s mother. She is the source of his first inspiration as well as his greatest humiliation.

Young Charlie
He sings, dances and suffers great sorrow when he returns to his mother after getting out of the County Home to find she no longer recognizes him. He later plays Jackie Coogan, the famous child actor who co-starred in “The Kid” with Chaplin and the Usher.

Sydney Chaplin
Charlie’s brother, performing partner, and business manager. He sticks by Charlie through thick and thin, through marriages and women far too young and through political upheavals and exile.

Alf Reeves
Clever, intuitive, fields phone calls and starlet requests brilliantly - and knows Charlie sometimes better than Chaplin knows himself.

Mack Sennett
The master of his Keystone universe; the rather arrogant yet perfectly knowledgeable creator of a factory of short, slapstick films.

Hedda Hopper
A mediocre actress - turned notorious gossip columnist who has made it her personal mission to expose Charlie as a womanizing, cheating, communist foreigner who is making too much money on American shores.

Oona O’Neill
Wannabe actress who meets Charlie when she turns up late for an audition. Shortly thereafter, she gives up her aspirations for a career in Hollywood and becomes the first woman to appreciate Charlie for who and not what he is.

Mr. Karno

Usher

Mildred Harris

Joan Barry

Ensemble
Londoners, Music Hall Patrons, Film Crew, Starlets, Reports, Hollywood Elite

Cast Vocal Ranges

Promotional Resources

Chaplin Logo Pack

Official Logo Pack

Included with license

Includes color and black and white high-resolution logo files in JPG, PNG, and EPS formats.

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Chaplin Official Show Artwork

Official Show Artwork

$175 / $125 for educators

Creating artwork for your performance has never been easier – customize online in minutes, download a print-ready PDF, order printed posters, access layered files.

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Chaplin Promotion Kit & Social Media Guide

Digital Marketing Essentials

$250 / $150 for educators

Includes everything you need to plan and implement the promotion of your show – 50+ graphics for social media, original show specific content, social media guide, promotion calendar and press release template.

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Production Resources

“Chaplin: The Musical”
Music and Lyrics by Chris Curtis
Book by Chris Curtis & Thomas Meehan

By special arrangement with Bubbles Incorporated, S.A. & Roy Export, S.A.S

The Authors with the blessings of the Chaplin family wish it to be known that a certain amount of dramatic license was taken in the course of turning the long and enormously complicated life of Charles Chaplin into a musical play. However, the spirit and true essence of the great man’s remarkable career has been scrupulously retained.