New York. A funny guy with a cane, a hat and an unforgettable mustache is heading to Broadway.
Producers announced Thursday that a new musical depicting the life of Charlie Chaplin will begin performances later this year at the Barrymore Theatre. Previews begin Aug. 21, with an opening set for Sept. 10.
“Chaplin” has music and lyrics by Christopher Curtis, who wrote the theme song to the film “The Break” starring Martin Sheen. Curtis co-wrote the book with Thomas Meehan, who helped write “The Producers” and “Hairspray.”
Warren Carlyle, who directed “Follies” this season, will direct. The musical debuted at the La Jolla Playhouse in 2010 under the name “Limelight.”
Chaplin’s silent screen classics include “Modern Times,” ”The Great Dictator” and his Little Tramp character in “City Lights.”