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‘Becoming Chaplin’ heads to Broadway

Bio-musical aimed for 2012-13 berth

Charlie Chaplin is poised for Broadway with Tramp tuner “Becoming Chaplin,” targeting a Main Stem berth in the 2012-13 season.

Helmed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle (“Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway,” “Finian’s Rainbow”), the bio-musical has songs by Christopher Curtis with book by Thomas Meehan (“Annie,” “The Producers,” “Hairspray”). The 22-person production began life under the title “Limelight” in a La Jolla Playhouse staging co-helmed by Carlyle.

Musical charts Chaplin’s career from his music-hall childhood to his film-star days, as well as a personal life that included four marriages.

“Becoming Chaplin” arrives in New York under the auspices of a producing team that includes Bob and Mindy Rich, Roy Gabay (“Fela!”) and John and Claire Caudwell, with additional members still to be set. The Riches and the Caudwells are also among the producers of the spring revival of “Jesus Christ Superstar.”

No cast for “Becoming Chaplin” has been announced. In La Jolla, Chaplin was played by Rob McClure.

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