Becoming Chaplin, a new musical depicting the life of silent film icon Charlie Chaplin, will open on Broadway during the 2012-2013 season.
The production will feature music and lyrics by Christopher Curtis. Curtis also co-wrote the book for the musical with three-time Tony Award-winner Thomas Meehan, known for his work on “Annie,” “The Producers” and “Hairspray.” Warren Carlyle, who worked on “Finian’s Rainbow and “Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway,” will direct and choreograph the production.
The musical, which will feature a 22-person cast, will focus on Chaplin as the man behind the star that has become one of the most celebrated comedic actors of all time. The production will follow his life from being born poor in London in the late 19th Century to becoming one of the most famous stars in the world around the time of World War I.
“Becoming Chaplin” was originally known as “Limelight” when it opened at the La Jolla Playhouse in 2010.
Producers Bob and Mindy Rich said of the transfer to Broadway, “We were thrilled that La Jolla audiences responded so positively to what was then Limelight, and we have taken the necessary time since that production to restructure the musical for Broadway audiences. Charlie Chaplin holds such an iconic place in the history of the entertainment world and indeed of the 20th century. …[The musical] will not only give audiences insight into the life and career of this fascinating man, but also explore the factors that launched him from a young artist struggling to make a name for himself to an entertainment icon."