“Chaplin the Musical” Previews Start Today
To say that I am skeptical about the new Chaplin musical is to give it too much credit. Musicals are almost never good; and biographical dramatizations are good even more rarely than that. The combination is almost guaranteed to be wretched. Add to this, the thankless and impossible task of some poor schlub being forced to impersonate the greatest comic genius of the modern age (I cringe to think of Robert Downey’s performance in Richard Attenborough’s abysmal Chaplin bio-pic) and you have a recipe for a terrible time, at any rate a terrible time for me. (I really don’t care what you do).
Nevertheless, it is of passing interest that this show goes into previews today. If it helps more people appreciate the life and work of Charlie Chaplin, I’m forced to concede that it will be a net gain. For tickets and so forth go here.
To find out more about the variety arts past and present, consult No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous, available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever nutty books are sold. And don’t miss Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to Youtube, to be released by Bear Manor Media in 2013.