Chaplin: The Musical
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Chaplin: The Musical

December 4, 2012

Song Title Artist
Overture/Prologue Christiane Noll;Erin Mackey;Wayne Wilcox;Jim Borstelmann;Jenn Colella;Michael McCormick;Zachary Unger;Ethan Khusidman
Look at All the People Christiane Noll;Zachary Unger
Whatcha Gonna Do? Rob McClure;Christiane Noll;Zachary Unger
If I Left London Rob McClure;Wayne Wilcox
Sennett Song Rob McClure;Michael McCormick
Look at All the People (Reprise)/Tramp Discovery Rob McClure;Christiane Noll;Zachary Unger
Tramp Shuffle - Part 1 Rob McClure;Michael McCormick;Ethan Khusidman
Tramp Shuffle - Part 2 Rob McClure;Michael McCormick;Ethan Khusidman
Life Can Be Like the Movies Rob McClure;Wayne Wilcox;Ethan Khusidman
The Look-A-Like Contest Rob McClure;Christiane Noll;Wayne Wilcox;Jim Borstelmann
Just Another Day in Hollywood Rob McClure;Jim Borstelmann;Jenn Colella
The Life That You Wished For Rob McClure
All Falls Down Jenn Colella
Man of All Countries Jenn Colella;Michael McCormick
What Only Love Can See Rob McClure;Erin Mackey
The Exile Jenn Colella
Where Are All the People? Rob McClure
What Only Love Can See (Reprise) Rob McClure;Erin Mackey
This Man Christiane Noll;Erin Mackey;Wayne Wilcox;Jim Borstelmann;Jenn Colella;Michael McCormick
Finale/Tramp Reprise Christiane Noll;Erin Mackey;Wayne Wilcox;Jim Borstelmann;Jenn Colella;Michael McCormick;Zachary Unger;Ethan Khusidman

Product Details

  • Original Release Date: December 4, 2012
  • Release Date: December 4, 2012
  • Label: Masterworks
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  • Total Length: 52:10
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  • ASIN: B00ABB7Y5C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,511 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I guess the timing wasn't right for the Broadway run of "Chaplin: The Musical" it opened on September 10, 2012, after three weeks of previews, and the cast album was recorded on November 4th and 5th. The digital version of the album was released on December 4th with the CD to be released on January 8, 2013. The show, however, closed just 2 days before the CD release.

I first heard about the show - with a book by Thomas Meehan (Annie, The Producers, Hairspray) and newbie Christopher Curtis with music and lyrics by Curtis - when it played the New York Musical Festival in 2006. It was then titled "Behind the Limelight". I remember hearing a song or two on the internet and waited for an album. When I heard that Sony Masterworks was issuing it, I was really looking forward to it. The CD came last week and, while I like it, I can't say I love it. But that's not the reason for my four star rating. I always expect high quality packaging in Sony Masterworks releases but this one is a letdown and, if you have not seen the show - and now that it is closed, one can only hope for a regional theater revival - you will find yourself lost - as I did (and I know at least something about Chaplin beyond his movies).
I see that the two reviews posted just before me gave five stars and rave about the production. I can only guess that these two well-informed reviewers saw the production. But I could be wrong.
Before I get to the CD itself I'll describe the 12 panel booklet enclosed. Six of the panels are are full page photos. There is one page with cast members and their roles, one page with the recording credits, one page with the production credits and two pages listing the 20 tracks and the characters who sing them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A surprisingly enjoyable listen! January 10, 2013
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It is always a pleasant surprise when a bio-musical is written that is engaging and keeps the audience concerned with the characters. It is even more refreshing when the recording of the score maintains that attraction. "Chaplin: The Musical," is one of those musicals.

My first impulse when initially listening to the Broadway Cast Recording of this new musical, which unfortunately closed at the Barrymore on January 6th, was "who composed this score, with its stimulating melodies, spread out among all the principal performers?" Christopher Curtis, a newcomer to the Broadway world, has created a timeless story about the famous movie actor, Charlie Chaplin (1889 - 1977), who rose to stardom, only to be exiled later in his life for his "supposed" communist sympathies. But Curtis' work is more than assisted by the strong collaborative team put in place to see the 24-character show to New York. From co-bookwriter Thomas Meehan ("Annie") to director Warren Carlyle ("Hugh Jackman - Back on Broadway"), the creative team has amassed a highly, talented cast, led by Rob McClure as Chaplin, Christiane Noll as Hannah Chaplin, Jenn Colella as columnist Hedda Hopper and Erin Mackey as Chaplin's fourth (and final) wife, Oona O'Neill.

Curtis' score strikes an effective balance between large ensemble numbers ("Just Another Day in Hollywood," "Life Can Be Like The Movies") and heartfelt solo moments for the principal performers including Noll ("Look At All The People"), Mackey ("What Only Love Can See"), and of course, McClure ("If I Left London," "Where Are All the People?" and a spot-on replication of Chaplin's 1972 Honorable Oscar speech).
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the tramp who finally found his lady January 8, 2013
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Excellent! I cannot fathom why this show has closed already on Broadway. (Actually, yes I can, but more on that in a minute!) Chaplin is the presentation of Charlie's life before, during and in the collapse of his Little Tramp character. While his story may be familiar to some, to me it wasn't. I have yet to figure out if that's an advantage or a disadvantage in writing these short reviews. The show is crammed full of historic detail and period costumes. The stage is often filled with dancers. When the stage is "filled with" the presence of The Little Tramp himself, star Rob McClure, he is larger than life in the part. His show-stopping song, What Only Love Can See, is positioned perfectly in the flow of events as to be especially memorable. The show ending will not leave a dry eye in the house! Owning and playing the OBC is only a substitution, albeit a superb one, for seeing the actual production.

So what went wrong? I would summarize all that in one word "perfection". Chaplin used a full orchestra every show ($$); 10 dancers didn't suffice as well as 15-20 ($$), the elaborate stage setting certainly was no relative of the phrase "Bare bones" ($$). So, yes, the producers were providing quality at every turn. Unfortunately such quality has to be funded by the response of the patrons. To cover a show like this, ticket prices bordered on the outrageous. If families was to introduce their children to the world of Broadway musicals, which would YOU choose: the latest show trying to make its way (i.e. higher ticket $$) or the established musical you know kids will enjoy? A "serious" musical over a "family-friendly fun fest"?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Amatuerish score shows promise.
The thing about Chaplin the Musical's score is that it's not horrible, not really - just unmemorable. Read more
Published 1 month ago by G. Canna
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Show Gone Before Its Time
There are some really good numbers in this show, several that will get stuck in your head and have you humming them later. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Reid in Florida
5.0 out of 5 stars Suprise
Received faster than anticipated. I impressed with the score and am suprised as the shortness of its run on Broadway. Totally enjoyable.
Published 2 months ago by JFTurner
3.0 out of 5 stars it was just ok (Blah)
I was very disappointed in in this score. Some nice sounds but other then that very flat score and listless
Published 8 months ago by mrmusicals
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully orchestrated story line
I have only listened to the album, have not seen the show, but i have admired the persona Chaplin most of my long life. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Janina Shoemaker
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Show, Great Music
If you didn't get a chance to see this amazing musical I hope you will still enjoy the music by a great cast!
Published 10 months ago by amy rizz
5.0 out of 5 stars Chaplin--the Awesome Musical!
Excellent vocals and production quality. It took me back to when I saw the show and even if I hadn't seen the production, this would be an outstanding CD to buy to give you a taste... Read more
Published 10 months ago by J. Collins
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it!
This musical is incredible. I enjoy listening to this beautiful music. So well done. A great job done by all the cast and the music is so enjoyable. I love it!
Published 10 months ago by MARIE KHOURY
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Show CD
Great show cd. Haven't heard anything put together like this in years. Great voices and music for car traveling. Recommend this for all show tunes collectors.
Published 11 months ago by Ronald A. Swinarski
4.0 out of 5 stars Worthy Addition
I saw this show before it closed in December, 2012. Although the score is by no means a classic it's entertaining and I look forward to future work by this composer.
Published 11 months ago by Jaynaynay
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