Last weekend, I saw the musical Limelight: The Story of Charlie Chaplin. The music was okay, so don’t feel bad that you missed it (the show just closed at the La Jolla Playhouse). But I think the lead could get a Tony when it goes to Broadway.
Things I learned about Chaplin:
- He was basically homeless, from England, did Vaudeville
- He made 80+ movies—people were obsessed with him.
- He was unfairly blacklisted during WWII, even though he parodied Hitler in a 1940 movie (Why did the dictator copy his mustache?).
- He co-founded United Artists and he was knighted! And married 4 times.
During the play, I felt a little bit like I did when watching This Is It. When I saw that, I realized I’d forgotten how amazing Michael Jackson was.
There was a lot of physical comedy and amazing choreography in Limelight, but unfortunately the clips I’ve included—both of the musical and the film montage below—don’t showcase his slapstick or tricks or talents. AT ALL. Argh! Anyway, enjoy some laughs from one of our best film stars ever.