Get ready for a theatrical experience as WaterTower Theatre proudly presents “CHAPLIN: The Musical.” This highly-anticipated production is set to take on the Terry Martin Main Stage from Nov. 8 through Nov, 19, 2023, at the Addison Theatre Centre. The production promises to be an unforgettable journey through the life of one of cinema’s most iconic figures, Charlie Chaplin.
With an original score by Christopher Curtis, the musical beautifully captures the essence of Chaplin’s life and career, making it a moving and entertaining experience. Directed by the visionary Shane Peterman and JC Schuster, with the musical direction in the capable hands of Vonda K. Bowling and mesmerizing choreography by Ann Nieman, this musical extravaganza marks the opening of WaterTower’s 28th Season.
“CHAPLIN: The Musical” is a heartfelt tribute to the legendary Charlie Chaplin, the man who made the world laugh as the Tramp but struggled to find happiness in his own life. This production takes us on a compelling journey through Chaplin’s entire career, from his humble beginnings as a child performer in 19th-century London to his touching acceptance of an honorary Academy Award in 1972.
Max J. Swarner, one of Dallas’ beloved actors, takes on the title role of Charlie Chaplin. He has expressed palpable enthusiasm while sharing his excitement for this production.
“I am immensely honored to take on the title role in this beautiful musical on the life of the legendary Charlie Chaplin, a complex and deeply human man whose off-screen persona is even more fascinating than the characters he vibrantly brought to life on film,” Swarner said. “Shane Peterman, Vonda Bowling, Ann Nieman, and Elizabeth Kensek have assembled an incredibly talented cast and crew for this massive production, and it is a privilege to share the stage with such wonderful artists and musicians. We cannot wait to share this exciting musical with our audiences!”
The rest of the cast is equally impressive, with Duke Anderson as Sydney Chaplin, Lauren Mikeal Weber as Hannah Chaplin, Laura Lites as Hedda Hopper, Kylie Stewart as Oona O’Neill, Brian Gonzales as Mack Sennet, Andrew Nicolas as Alf Reeves, and Jude Laine Lewis as Young Sydney Chaplin. The youth roles are double cast, showcasing the immense talent of the young actors who play Young Charlie and Jackie Coogan. Allison Arroyo and Lucas Bierrenbach will both star as Young Charlie Chaplin, and Livie Chiou and CJ Weber share the role of Jackie Coogan.
If the heart and soul of any musical are the orchestra, then “CHAPLIN: The Musical” does not disappoint. The ten-piece orchestra conducted by Vonda K. Bowling, featuring local professional musicians, ensures that the music complements the storytelling seamlessly, immersing the audience in the world of one of cinema’s greatest legends.
So, mark your calendars for Nov, 8-19, 2023, and be part of this extraordinary journey. While the show contains adult situations, it is recommended for ages 13 and above, making it the perfect outing for friends, families, and fans of classic cinema. Don’t miss your chance to witness the magic of “CHAPLIN: The Musical” at WaterTower Theatre. Get your tickets and prepare to be captivated by the life and legacy of the one and only Charlie Chaplin.