Chaplin will close Jan. 6, and we have tickets through the last curtain-call. NewYork.com sells Chaplin orchestra seat tickets for eight performances a week, so you can get close to the action when Chaplin walks the high wire.
Chaplin is a Broadway musical that explores the life of the man behind the silent film icon. Audiences may be familiar with Charlie Chaplin's moustache, the bowler hat and the faces of his famous Little Tramp character, but this production, at the legendary Times Square Barrymore Theatre, packs many humorous and moving surprises.
Chaplin kicks off in 1890s London, telling the story of Charlie Chaplin from his youth in England to his success in Hollywood and beyond. A whirlwind combination of breaking headlines, film footage and humor reveals the details of Charlie Chaplin’s rise to fame and the challenges of life at the top. As the audience follows Chaplin from London to his first acting gig in Hollywood to writing and directing his own films, they get to know the man behind the moustache. They also witness the development of the Little Tramp, from the first time Chaplin dons his signature snug-fitting jacket and floppy shoes.
Chaplin accomplishes the ultimate Broadway feat; to simultaneously delight and move the audience, to make people question: How do they do that? Charlie Chaplin might be a household name, but the story behind the man is full of surprises. With every shrug, kick and twitch, the audience falls harder for Chaplin, a musical that is the result of years of development. Visually, Chaplin is striking as well – the sets, costumes and make-up bring everything from 1890s London to 1920s Hollywood vividly to life.
Two hours and 30 minutes (one intermission)
Did you know?
Charlie Chaplin lived to be 88 years old. He had 11 children, eight with his fourth and final wife, Oona O'Neill.
A musical based on the life of this silent screen icon has surprisingly mass appeal. It is perfect for anyone with an interest in history, as the use of film footage, newspaper headlines and historic figures (such as actress and notorious gossip columnist Hedda Hopper) brings decades of U.S. history – from the introduction of silent film to World War II to the witch hunt for communists of the 1950s – to the stage.
Fans of Broadway musicals expecting to laugh and be wowed by big dance numbers will love Chaplin too. Audience members don’t need to know anything about Charlie Chaplin to enjoy this show.
Good for kids?
Chaplin is full of physical comedy, dance and impressive performances such as roller skating that will appeal to kids. However, no kids under the age of four are permitted in the Barrymore Theatre.
Ethel Barrymore Theatre Location Information:
243 W. 47th St.
New York, NY 10036
C, E to 50th St. (Eighth Ave.); 1 to 50th St. (Seventh Ave.); N, Q, R to 49th St. (Seventh Ave.)
About the Barrymore Theatre
The Barrymore Theatre was built in 1928 and is named after the actress Ethel Barrymore. This theater has a total of 1,058 seats spread between an orchestra and two mezzanine sections and is handicap accessible. No food is permitted in the theater, but soft drinks, cocktails and snacks are for sale. No cameras are allowed in the theater.