PLAYBILL PICKS: Breakout Performances of the 2012-13 Broadway Season

By Playbill Staff
29 Apr 2013

Rob McClure
Photo by Joan Marcus

Rob McClure, previously of Broadway's Avenue Q and I'm Not Rappaport, garnered critical acclaim for his depiction of silent-film star Charlie Chaplin in Chaplin. The actor originated the role of the "Little Tramp" in the out-of-town tryout at California's La Jolla Playhouse and received a Barrymore Award for his performance. McClure stepped into the "Limelight" with his portrayal of Chaplin: Who could forget his seamless transformation into the Little Tramp — putting on the tight coat, baggy pants, bowler hat, oversized shoes and tiny mustache? McClure embodied Charlie Chaplin completely — from the strut to the stunts to the tightrope-walking. "My Aunt Marian, my entire life growing up, told me that I looked like Charlie Chaplin," said McClure in an early interview with Read the Playbill Leading Men column with McClure here, who talks about his relationship with the film legend.