Broadway has certainly had its share of successes with biographical musicals - George M!, Funny Girl, The Will Rogers Follies and, currently, Jersey Boys. All of them are about entertainers and what made them work is a subject of certain charisma, charm, appeal, and enough scandal/controversy/tragedy to make their personal drama at least as interesting as the entertainment they provided in real life.
And so it would seem that Charlie Chaplin would be the perfect choice for a musical. His life - several wives, a penchant for under aged girls, his immigration to America, his eventual exile for being branded "un-American", and his triumphant return to collect an honorary Oscar before his death - was at least as interesting as what he was famous for. To that end, Chaplin was a brilliant comedian (his Little Tramp is still as iconic as Marilyn Monroe over the subway grate or Lucy's fire red hair) and a pioneer in front of and behind the camera.
Here is b-roll/commercial footage of the show:
(Photos by Craig Schwartz)
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