22/Jul/2014 - Last News Update: 15:57

Chaplin and Lynn musicals head for Broadway

Category: Entertainment

Published: 11th May 2012 10:18:40

Plans for new Broadway musicals about silent star Charlie Chaplin and country singer Loretta Lynn have been unveiled in New York and Nashville respectively.

Chaplin, a musical depiction of the film icon's life, begins previewing at New York's Barrymore Theatre in August.

In Nashville, meanwhile, Lynn went to the Grand Ole Opry House to announce plans for a musical adaptation of her 1980 film biopic Coal Miner's Daughter.

Zooey Deschanel, the actress who will play Lynn, then joined her on stage.

"There's a little girl back stage that's going to do the play of Coal Miner's Daughter on Broadway," Lynn told the audience at the Ryman Auditorium.

"Zooey, where you at honey?" she went on, inviting the New Girl star to join her in a rendition of the Oscar-winning film's title number.

The announcement mirrored the way Lynn invited Sissy Spacek on the Opry stage in 1979 to reveal the actress would be portraying her on screen.

Spacek went on to win an Academy Award for her performance in the film, directed by Michael Apted of Gorillas in the Mist and 7 Up fame.

Plans for the Coal Miner's Daughter show are still in their early stages. Chaplin, in contrast, has already been staged in 2010.

The show, which charts Chaplin's ascent from London music hall performer to Hollywood legend, ran at San Diego's La Jolla Playhouse under the title Limelight.

British-born Warren Carlyle, director and choreographer of Hugh Jackman's smash Back on Broadway concert show, directed the show then and will do so again.

BBC News External Link Show Citation

Latest News

Harvard Citation

BBC News, 2012. Chaplin and Lynn musicals head for Broadway [Online] (Updated 11th May 2012)
Available at: http://www.ukwirednews.com/news/1427947/Chaplin-and-Lynn-musicals-head-for-Broadway [Accessed 22nd Jul 2014]

News In Other Categories

  • Bala's Welsh cake Guinness world record confirmed

    A giant Welsh cake baked in a Gwynedd town has been confirmed as the largest ever made.
  • Fight Club sequel to be published as comic book series

    The author of the novel Fight Club has confirmed he will publish a sequel in May 2015.
  • Germany and Russia's contradictory relationship

    Germany and Russia have a more complicated relationship than perhaps any other pair of countries. It is full of contradictions and tugs in different directions.
  • Bristol Academy extends reach overseas with first foreign students

    With the doors to its brand new £1million training centre officially open, one of the UK's leading apprentice training providers, Bristol based S&B Automotive Academy, is showcasing its world-class facilities by launching a series of foreign student exchanges for the first time in its 41-year history. To get a flavour of what life is like as an apprentice in the UK, the Academy hosted 16 apprentice engineers and bus drivers from the G9 Automotive College in Hamburg, Germany, as part of a Europe-wide vocational training initiative called the ‘Leonardo Programme’ with support from the European Social Fund. In a reciprocal arrangement, S&B will be sending nine apprentices to Germany during February 2012 so that they can get an appreciation of life in the automotive industry on the Continent. A further three German exchange groups are being planned for next year. Designed to assist the development of vocational skills and training across Europe, including work placements for trainees, the Leonardo Programme has a budget of €1.75bn, which is helping to encourage UK organisations to work with their counterparts abroad. In what is expected to be another challenging year for employers in the UK automotive sector, S&B’s Chief Executive, Jon Winter, claims that the exchange initiative will bring many benefits to the Academy and its apprentices: “In a world of global automotive brands, it’s important for our learners to understand the international context of the industry they have chosen to make their career. This new exchange programme will enable apprentices and Academy staff alike to achieve a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities within the automotive arena in Europe. With the Academy’s influence also extending to the USA and Asia, there’s every possibility that this initiative could move further afield in the future.” Continued Winter: “The need for skilled technicians across the world is on the increase and we actively encourage our apprentices to look at broader horizons during their training. Many of them have already learned the phrase ‘Vorsprung durch Gelehrtheit’, quite simply, ‘Advancement through learning.” In the 2010/11 academic year, S&B doubled the number of successful Apprenticeships over the previous year with some 350 apprentices graduating from the Academy. At the same time, achievement levels reached an all-time high with an overall success rate of 85%. For those learners on the Advanced Apprenticeship three-year programme, success rates were even higher, at over 98%. PHOTO CAPTION: As part of their exchange visit, S&B Automotive Academy arranged for the German apprentices to visit Hampshire bus operator, Bluestar, at its Barton Park depot. The students are pictured with S&B’s Andy West (3rd right) and Steve Prewett, Bluestar’s Area Engineering Manager (2nd right). Ends http://www.sandbaa.com
  • Tatchell calls on Salmond to condemn homophobia in the Commonwealth

    Campaigner Peter Tatchell has called on First Minister Alex Salmond to condemn homophobia in some Commonwealth countries ahead of the Glasgow Games.
  • Trojan Horse: Birmingham to get education commissioner

    A new commissioner will be appointed to oversee schools in Birmingham.