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An "Old-School" Musical Feel
on 21 May 2013
As my review title states I think this musical has an 'old-school' feeling. It reminds me most of Jerry Herman's classic musical 'Mack & Mabel', but there are also elements of 'Oliver' and, more modern shows like 'Secret Garden'.
I collect musicals so once I saw a few good reviews for this show I decided to buy the CD. I was not disappointed. It's melodic, touching and clever. If you're unaware of Charlie's story then I'd suggest watching Richard Attenborough's wonderful film 'Chaplin'. That will give you a pocket history of the diminutive star (played to perfection by the amazing Robert Downey Jr.).
Having seen the aforementioned film, I had no problem understanding the story on the CD, which though different, has some common ground.
There is a definite 'classic hollywood musical' feel to this show - which could be why it only lasted four months on Broadway. But if you love musicals then this is a must-own, or must-hear. I'm very pleased I bought it and I know it will get listened to often.