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Rob McClure (born June 15, 1982 [1]) is an American actor best known for his roles in musical theatre. He won a Theatre World Award and was nominated for the 2013 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance in the title role of the musical Chaplin. In 2019, on Broadway, he plays the role of Adam in Beetlejuice, the Musical, his seventh Broadway production.

Rob McClure
Born
Robert McClure

(1982-06-15) June 15, 1982 (age 37)
Alma materNew Milford High School, Montclair State University
OccupationActor
Children1

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EducationEdit

McClure graduated from New Milford High School in New Milford, New Jersey in 2000[2] and attended Montclair State University, but did not graduate. While a senior in high school, he won the Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for his performance as Charley in New Milford High School's production of Where's Charley?, which included a scholarship to attend their Summer Musical Theatre Conservatory.[2] He directed musicals at New Milford High School from 2003 to 2006 (including a show that he wrote, The Bagel Factory) while attending Montclair State University.[2]

CareerEdit

TheatreEdit

McClure's first professional acting role was at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Carousel shortly after graduating high school.[2] He appeared in the ensemble of the Paper Mill Playhouse revival of the play I'm Not Rappaport, making his Broadway debut when the production transferred to the Booth Theatre in 2002.[3][4] He next performed on Broadway in the musical Avenue Q as Nicky and Trekkie Monster in 2006 and in the show's national tour for two years, beginning in 2007, as Princeton and Rod, returning to Broadway in those roles in 2009.[5][6][7]

McClure played the title role in the new musical Chaplin in 2010 when it premiered at the La Jolla Playhouse, California, under its former title Limelight: The Story of Charlie Chaplin.[8] He continued in the role when the show transferred to Broadway in 2012.[9] For this performance, he was nominated for the 2013 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical.[10][11] The Newsday reviewer wrote of his performance:

McClure … doesn't just replicate the waddle and pratfalls of Chaplin's little tramp. He doesn't just do a back somersault without spilling a glass of wine or tap dance on roller skates or walk a tightrope. He does all that without apparent effort, but he also has a pungent voice that pings and he embodies more than seven decades of Chaplin's life with a focused, altogether believable mix of gravity and light.[12]

In between these runs, he performed in the New York City Center Encores! staged concert of Where's Charley? in 2011.[9] The New York Times reviewer of Where's Charley? wrote, "McClure scampers to and fro with tireless energy, flouncing in and out of his skirts with comic verve, employing a funny, pinched falsetto when Charley is impersonating his aunt. … Mr. McClure [is] a nimble dancer and terrific singer.[13] He also performed at the Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia, in the play Amadeus in 2011 as Mozart.[14] He had previously performed at that theatre in The Producers and Oliver!.[15] He appeared in mid-2013 at The Muny, St. Louis, Missouri in Shrek the Musical as Lord Farquaad,[2] and in Mary Poppins as Bert.[3] The following year, at The Muny, he played Gomez in The Addams Family from July 14, 2014 to July 20.[4]

He starred in the musical Honeymoon in Vegas as Jack Singer at the Paper Mill Playhouse from September through October 2013.[16][17] McClure continued as Jack in the Broadway production of the musical at the Nederlander Theatre in 2014 and 2015.[18] He returned to Broadway in the role of Tim Allgood in the Roundabout Theatre Company production of Noises Off! from December 2015 to January 2016.[19] From September 2015 to March 2016, McClure appeared as Max in the new Ken Ludwig play A Comedy of Tenors at the Cleveland Playhouse and then at the McCarter Theater in Princeton, New Jersey.[5] He next joined the Broadway production of Something Rotten! as Nick Bottom in May 2016.[20][21] He then played Nick in the US national tour, starting in January 2017,[22][23] until it closed in May 2018.[24][25]

In June 2018 McClure appeared in Jerome Robbins' Broadway at The Muny, as The Setter/Emcee.[26][27] Later in 2018 he created the role of Adam in Beetlejuice, the Musical when it premiered at the National Theatre in Washington, DC. He is reprising the role on Broadway in 2019.[28]

ConcertsEdit

McClure made his solo cabaret concert debut at Feinstein's/54 Below in New York City on July 1, 2016. His act was titled "Smile".[29][30]

TelevisionEdit

He was cast in the CBS Television pilot in 2016 for a series titled Drew, based on the Nancy Drew mystery books; however, the series was not picked up by CBS.[31][32]

Personal lifeEdit

He is married to Maggie Lakis, an actress. They met while performing in Grease in 2005.[33] The couple has a daughter born on December 9, 2018.[34]

Theatre credits (select)Edit

Sources: Playbill Vault[35] and Playbill[36]

Year Production Role Notes
2002 I'm Not Rappaport Ensemble Broadway
2006–07 Avenue Q Various characters Broadway
2007–09 National tour
2009 Broadway
2012–13 Chaplin Charlie Chaplin Broadway
2015 Honeymoon in Vegas Jack Singer Broadway
2016 Noises Off! Tim Allgood Broadway
2016–17 Something Rotten! Nick Bottom Broadway
2017–18 National tour
2018 Beetlejuice Adam National Theatre, Washington, DC
2019 Beetlejuice Adam Broadway

Awards and nominationsEdit

Source: Playbill Vault[35]

Year Award Category Work Result
2013 Tony Award Best Actor in a Musical Chaplin Nominated
Outer Critics Circle Outstanding Actor in a Musical Nominated
Theatre World Award Honoree
2015 Drama League Award Distinguished Performance Honeymoon in Vegas Nominated

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Rob McClure" facebook
  2. ^ a b c d e Piccirillo, Ann. "New Milford's Rob McClure is Bringing Chaplin to Broadway", newmilford-nj.patch.com, October 13, 2011
  3. ^ a b Simonson, Robert and Jones, Kenneth. "'I'm Not Rappaport' to Close on Broadway, Sept. 8; 'Our Town' Next?", Playbill, September 4, 2002
  4. ^ a b Gioia, Michael. "The Leading Men: Rob McClure, the Little Tramp of Broadway's Chaplin, pg. 2", Playbill, July 31, 2012
  5. ^ a b Hernandez, Ernio. "Avenue Q to Reach 1,500 Performance Mark on Broadway March 4" Playbill, January 18, 2007
  6. ^ Howard, James. "Avenue Q on Tour: A Chat with Rob McClure", broadwayworld.com, December 11, 2007
  7. ^ Onofri, Adrienne. "Avenue Q 'Exit Interview' with Rob McClure, a.k.a. Princeton, a.k.a. Rod", broadwayworld.com, September 8, 2009
  8. ^ Jones, Kenneth. "Limelight Musical, Starring Robert McClure and Ashley Brown, Opens at La Jolla Sept. 19", Playbill, September 19, 2010 Archived 2010-11-25 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ a b Weinert-Kendt, Rob. "Walking the Walk, Cane in Hand", The New York Times, August 23, 2012
  10. ^ Gans, Andrew. "Nominations Announced for 67th Annual Tony Awards; Kinky Boots Earns 13 Nominations", Playbill, April 30, 2013 Archived 2013-10-21 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ "McClure Profile" broadway.com, accessed May 7, 2013
  12. ^ Winer, Linda. "Rob McClure shines in lopsided Chaplin", Newsday, September 9, 2012
  13. ^ Isherwood, Charles. "A Few Wacky Victorians in Love", The New York Times, March 18, 2011
  14. ^ "Final Performances: Tony Award-Winning 'Amadeus!'", walnutstreettheatre.org, January 12, 2011, accessed May 27, 2016
  15. ^ Jones, Kenneth. "Walnut Street Amadeus, With Dan Olmstead and Rob McClure, Opens Jan. 26", Playbill, January 26, 2011, accessed May 27, 2016
  16. ^ Gans, Andrew. "Tony Danza, Rob McClure and Brynn O'Malley Enjoy a Honeymoon in Vegas, Beginning Sept. 26", Playbill, September 26, 2013 Archived 2013-10-05 at the Wayback Machine
  17. ^ "The Verdict: Critics Review Jason Robert Brown's Honeymoon in Vegas at Paper Mill", Playbill, October 11, 2013
  18. ^ Gioia, Michael and Gans, Andrew. "The Honeymoon Is Over! Broadway's 'Honeymoon in Vegas', Starring Tony Danza, To Close", Playbill, March 31, 2015
  19. ^ Noises Off roundabouttheatre.org, accessed August 1, 2019
  20. ^ Rickwald, Bethany. "Rob McClure to Replace Brian d'Arcy James in Broadway's Something Rotten!", theatermania.com, May 4, 2016
  21. ^ Gans, Andrew. "Rob McClure Joins Cast of Broadway's 'Something Rotten!' Tonight", Playbill, June 2, 2016
  22. ^ News Desk. "Rob McClure, Adam Pascal and Josh Grisetti Will Tour the Country with 'Something Rotten!'" broadwayworld.com, November 17, 2016
  23. ^ Vine, Hannah. "Photos: 'Something Rotten!' National Tour Launches in Boston" Playbill, January 19, 2017
  24. ^ Tour, Playbill, retrieved June 13, 2018
  25. ^ " 'Something Rotten!' National Tour Production Information", broadwayworld.com, retrieved June 13, 2018
  26. ^ Lefkowitz, Andy. "Garen Scribner & More to Join Rob McClure in 'Jerome Robbins' Broadway' at the Muny", broadway.com, May 23, 2018
  27. ^ Lefkowitz, Andy. "Rob McClure Will Take on Jason Alexander's Tony-Winning Role in Jerome Robbins' Broadway at the Muny", broadway.com, January 25, 2018
  28. ^ McPhee, Ryan. "It’s Showtime: New Broadway Musical Beetlejuice Opens April 25", Playbill, April 25, 2019
  29. ^ "Rob McClure Makes NYC Solo Concert Debut in 'Smile' at Feinstein's/54 Below Tonight", broadwayworld.com, July 1, 2016
  30. ^ Holden, Stephen. "Review. Rob McClure’s 'Smile', a Glass That’s Always Half Full", The New York Times, July 3, 2016
  31. ^ Ausiello, Michael. "POI's Sarah Shahi Is CBS' 'Nancy Drew'" tvline.com, February 29, 2016
  32. ^ "Tony Nominee Rob McClure Joins Cast of CBS' Nancy Drew Pilot" broadwayworld.com, March 2, 2016
  33. ^ Spaner, Whitney. "A Fine Showmance: Rob McClure and Maggie Lakis On Their "Jersey Trash" Courtship and Love On Tour" Playbill, February 21, 2015
  34. ^ "Rob McClure & Maggie Lakis Welcome Baby Girl Sadie James". Broadway.com. Retrieved 2018-12-16.
  35. ^ a b "McClure Broadway", Playbill vault, retrieved January 3, 2018
  36. ^ McPhee, Ryan. " 'Beetlejuice' Musical Sets Spring 2019 Broadway Opening Date", Playbill, September 13, 2018

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