Thursday, August 5, 2010

La Jolla Playhouse Announces Cast of Limelight


La Jolla Playhouse announces the cast and creative team of its world-premiere musical Limelight: The Story of Charlie Chaplin, music and lyrics by Christopher Curtis, book by Christopher Curtis and Thomas Meehan and directed by Michael Unger, playing September 7 - October 17, 2010.

Playing the role of Charlie Chaplin will be Robert McClure, who recently starred as Princeton in the Broadway and national touring productions of Avenue Q. Ashley Brown, who originated the title role in the hit Broadway musical Mary Poppins, will portray Oona.

The full cast includes LJ Benet as Young Sydney, Jenn Colella as Hedda Hopper, Eddie Korbich as Karno, Janet Metz as Hannah, Brooke Sunny Moriber as Mildred, Ron Orbach as Mr. Chaplin, Roland Rusinek as Alf, Jake Schwenke as Young Charlie/Jackie, Matthew Scott as Sydney and William Youmans as Older Charlie.

The ensemble includes Aaron Acosta, Courtney Corey, Matthew Patrick Davis, Justin Michael Duval, Sara Edwards, Ben Liebert, Alyssa Marie, Jennifer Noble, Kürt Norby, Carly Nykanen, Jessica Reiner-Harris and Kirsten Scott.

Michael Unger (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) will direct, Bryan Perri is music director and Warren Carlyle is the choreographer. Additional designers and creative team includes:

Alexander Dodge: scenic designer
Linda Cho: costume designer
Paul Gallo: lighting designer
Jon Weston: sound designer
Douglas Besterman: orchestrator
Gabriel Greene: dramaturg;
Frank Hartenstein: stage manager
Dan Kamin: Script Consultant and Physical Comedy Specialist

Charlie Chaplin came to America an unknown and left amidst scandals and controversy. In between, he became one of the best-loved and most famous entertainers in the world. From the gritty streets and smoky music halls of London to movie screens across the globe, Limelight goes behind the camera to show how a comic genius found soaring success and later fell from grace. This thrilling world-premiere musical provides a captivating close-up on the man who changed motion pictures forever.

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