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Perez Reviews: Chaplin

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Chaplin may not be your typical Broadway crowdpleaser, but it sure is pleasing to crowds!

Much darker - figuratively AND literally - than your typical fare on the Great White Way, Chaplin unflinchingly tells the tale of beloved screen icon Charlie Chaplin, the real Charlie Chaplin. Warts and all!

We love the show's honest depiction of the complex man. There was no whitewashing here! Though there is lots of razzle dazzle, albeit in muted tones - until the big finale when we finally get a pop of color and tears were streaming down our face.

Chaplin has been getting mixed reviews but lead Rob McClure has been getting universal acclaim for his take on the man behind The Tramp. Deservedly so! He brought a real intensity and a lot of emotion to his portrayal. He reminded us of Raul Esparza, and we say that as a compliment.

In many ways, the show reminds us a lot of Man Of La Mancha, a tale based on a pre-existing cannon about a man that was misunderstood by many.

Do we love Chaplin or the character he played? We really related and were touched a lot by the exploration of this topic and the character of Charlie. Self-reflection on many levels! Especially with the role of gossip icon Hedda Hopper playing an integral part in the show.

Hopper was expertly played by Jenn Colella, the show's other standout. She actually was so good and her character so important to the musical that we wish she would have been introduced towards the end of Act 1. It would have raised the stakes by a lot and given us a glimpse of what to look forward to in Act 2.

Dark shows don't often have long runs on Broadway, but they do become cult favorites. And we think Chaplin will easily be the favorite of many this season!

The staging/direction was great. The songs were above average. Though we do wish they had included Charlie's iconic "Smile". And we thoroughly enjoyed the show!

Other standouts were the dreamy Wayne Alan Wilcox as Chaplin's brother (who was wonderful - even though he could have been given at least one solo song!!!) and Erin Mackey as his 4th and final wife Oona. Christiane Noll as Charlie's mother was fine.

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4 comments to “Perez Reviews: Chaplin

  1. 1

    You're not a theater critic, homo; you have no taste. This is proven by the failure of your CD, the failure of MattyB, the failure of IM5, and your pedo kids' book. I could go on, but I'm sure you get the point. Just because you're doing a very brief guest stint in a WAY the fuck off-Broadway musical doesn't make you an expert on acting and plays. So STFU, dumb shit.

  2. L says – reply to this


    my hubby sat behind you last night at chaplin. he said i would have liked your date's glasses. :)

  3. 3

    Saw the movie with Robert Downey Jr. it was great. I live in So Calan and cannot afford to lly to New York and spensee and tons of money to play. Way too expensive.

  4. Meg says – reply to this


    I saw the musical last week and absolutely LOVED it. I have no idea why it got mixed reviews. The audience was captivated. There was not a dry eye in the house after the last umber. I cannot recommend this musical more!