Rob McClure

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Rob McClure
Born Robert McClure
(1982-06-15) June 15, 1982 (age 36)
New Milford, New Jersey
Alma mater New Milford High School, Montclair State University
Occupation Actor

Rob McClure (born June 15, 1982 [1]) is an American actor. He has appeared in theatre in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area and also on Broadway. He received a Tony Award nomination for Best Leading Actor in a Musical, for his first starring role on Broadway in the musical Chaplin, as Charlie Chaplin.

McClure performed the role of Nick Bottom in the Broadway production of Something Rotten!, as well as the national tour.


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] His first professional acting role was at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Carousel shortly after high school.[2] He acted in the Paper Mill Playhouse I'm Not Rappaport which was also produced on Broadway in 2002, which was his debut on the Broadway stage.[3][4]

McClure has performed at the Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia, in Amadeus by Peter Shaffer in 2011 as "Mozart",[5] and also in The Producers and Oliver!.[6] He performed in the staged concert at New York City Center Encores! of Where's Charley? in 2011.[7] The New York Times reviewer of Where's Charley? wrote:

And in the key role of Charley, Mr. 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, a nimble dancer and terrific singer.[8]

McClure performed in the national tour and on Broadway in Avenue Q.[9] He appeared in his first starring role on Broadway in the musical Chaplin in 2012, playing Charlie Chaplin.[7] For this performance, he was nominated for the Tony Award, Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical.[10] McClure played this role in the musical's premiere in 2010 at the La Jolla Playhouse, California under its former title of Limelight: The Story of Charlie Chaplin.[11][12] The Newsday reviewer wrote of his performance:

Welcome to the show that's going to make you a Broadway star.... 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.[13]

McClure also received the Theatre World Award, Outstanding Broadway or Off-Broadway debut performance during the 2012-13 theatrical season.[14] He has received a nomination for the Fred and Adele Astaire Award, Outstanding Male Dancer in a Broadway Show, for his performance in Chaplin. (This award honors "excellence in dance and choreography on Broadway and in film.)[15]

He appeared in The Muny, St. Louis, Missouri production of Shrek the Musical in June 2013, as Lord Farquaad.[16][17] McClure also performed in The Muny production of Mary Poppins in July 2013, as Bert.[18] He played the role of Gomez in The Muny production of The Addams Family from July 14, 2014 to July 20.[19]

He appeared in the Jason Robert Brown and Andrew Bergman musical Honeymoon in Vegas as "Jack Singer" at the Paper Mill Playhouse in September through October 2013.[20][21] McClure starred in the Broadway production of Honeymoon in Vegas, which opened at the Nederlander Theatre in November 2014 in previews, officially in January 2015, and closed on April 5, 2015.[22]

McClure appeared in the new Ken Ludwig play A Comedy of Tenors, which premiered at the Cleveland Playhouse on September 12, 2015. He played the role of "Max." The show moved to the McCarter Theater in Princeton, New Jersey and opened on October 13, 2015.[23]

In early 2016, McClure returned to Broadway in the role of Tim Allgood in the Roundabout Theatre Company engagement of Noises Off!. The limited run began previews on December 17, 2015, opened January 14, and ran through March 13, 2016.

He was cast in the CBS Television pilot for a series titled Drew, based on the Nancy Drew mystery books; however, the series was not picked up by CBS.[24]

He joined the Broadway production of Something Rotten! as "Nick Bottom", on June 2, 2016.[25][26] He played Nick in the US national tour, which started in January 2017 in Boston,[27][28] and closed in May 2018.[29][30]

McClure made his debut in a solo cabaret concert at 54 Below in New York City on July 1, 2016. His act was titled "Smile", and included special guests Jenn Colella, Rick Lyon, and Jennifer Barnhart among others.[31][32]

He appears in Jerome Robbins’ Broadway at the outdoor The Muny, St. Louis, Missouri, from June 11, 2018 to June 17, directed by Cynthia Onrubia. He plays the parts of The Setter/Emcee/Pa/Tevye/Floy.[33]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Maggie Lakis, an actress. They met while performing in Grease.[34]

Theatre credits[edit]

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

Awards and nominations[edit]

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


  1. ^ "Rob McClure" facebook
  2. ^ a b c Piccirillo, Ann. "New Milford's Rob McClure is Bringing 'Chaplin' to Broadway", October 13, 2011
  3. ^ Simonson, Robert and Jones, Kenneth. "'I'm Not Rappaport' to Close on Broadway, Sept. 8; 'Our Town' Next?" Playbill, September 4, 2002
  4. ^ Gioia, Michael. "The Leading Men: Rob McClure, the Little Tramp of Broadway's Chaplin, pg. 2" Playbill, July 31, 2012
  5. ^ "Final Performances: Tony Award-Winning 'Amadeus!'", January 12, 2011, accessed May 27, 2016
  6. ^ Jones, Kenneth. "Walnut Street Amadeus, With Dan Olmstead and Rob McClure, Opens Jan. 26" Playbill, January 26, 2011, accessed May 27, 2016
  7. ^ a b Weinert-Kendt, Rob. "Walking the Walk, Cane in Hand" The New York Times, August 23, 2012
  8. ^ Isherwood, Charles. "A Few Wacky Victorians in Love" The New York Times, March 18, 2011
  9. ^ Hernandez, Ernio. " Avenue Q to Reach 1,500 Performance Mark on Broadway March 4" Playbill, January 18, 2007
  10. ^ Gans, Andrew. "Nominations Announced for 67th Annual Tony Awards; Kinky Boots Earns 13 Nominations" Archived 2013-10-21 at the Wayback Machine. Playbill, April 30, 2013
  11. ^ Jones, Kenneth."Limelight Musical, Starring Robert McClure and Ashley Brown, Opens at La Jolla Sept. 19" Archived 2010-11-25 at the Wayback Machine. Playbill, September 19, 2010
  12. ^ "McClure Profile", accessed May 7, 2013
  13. ^ Winer, Linda. Rob McClure shines in lopsided 'Chaplin'" Newsday, September 9, 2012
  14. ^ Gans, Andrew. "Tom Hanks, Bertie Carvel, Valisia LeKae, Rob McClure and More Are Theatre World Award Winners" Archived 2013-06-07 at the Wayback Machine. Playbill, May 7, 2013
  15. ^ Hetrick, Adam. "Billy Porter, Patina Miller, Rob McClure, Lesli Margherita and More Are Astaire Award Nominees" Playbill, May 7, 2013
  16. ^ Gans, Andrew. "Alexander Gemignani, Julia Murney, Rob McClure, Natalie Venetia Belcon Cast in Muny's Shrek The Musical ", April 26, 2013
  17. ^ Blank, Matthew. "PHOTO CALL: Rob McClure, Julia Murney and Stephen Wallem Star in the Muny's Shrek " Playbill, June 26, 2013
  18. ^ Gans, Andrew. "Jenny Powers and Rob McClure Star in Muny Mary Poppins, Beginning July 25" Playbill, July 25, 2013
  19. ^ Hetrick, Adam."Rob McClure, Jenny Powers, Jen Cody and Hollis Resnik Get Creepy and Cooky in Muny The Addams Family Tonight", July 14, 2014
  20. ^ Gans, Andrew. "Tony Danza, Rob McClure and Brynn O'Malley Enjoy a Honeymoon in Vegas, Beginning Sept. 26" Archived 2013-10-05 at the Wayback Machine., September 26, 2013
  21. ^ Staff. "The Verdict: Critics Review Jason Robert Brown's Honeymoon in Vegas at Paper Mill", October 11, 2013
  22. ^ Gioia, Michael and Gans, Andrew. "The Honeymoon Is Over! Broadway's 'Honeymoon in Vegas', Starring Tony Danza, To Close", March 31, 2015
  23. ^ Gans, Andrew. "Broadway Actors Populate World Premiere of Ken Ludwig's 'Lend Me a Tenor' Follow-Up, Opening Tonight" Playbill, September 12, 2015
  24. ^ Petski, Denise. "'Drew’'; Rob McClure Cast In CBS’ Nancy Drew Pilot; Christina Pickles In ABC’s ‘Death Of Eva Sofia Valdez’", March 2, 2016
  25. ^ Rickwald, Bethany. "Rob McClure to Replace Brian d'Arcy James in Broadway's 'Something Rotten!' ", May 4, 2016
  26. ^ Gans, Andrew. "Rob McClure Joins Cast of Broadway's 'Something Rotten!' Tonight", Playbill, June 2, 2016
  27. ^ News Desk. "Rob McClure, Adam Pascal and Josh Grisetti Will Tour the Country with 'Something Rotten!'", November 17, 2016
  28. ^ Vine, Hannah. "Photos: 'Something Rotten!' National Tour Launches in Boston" Playbill, January 19, 2017
  29. ^ Tour Playbill, retrieved June 13, 2018
  30. ^ " 'Something Rotten!' National Tour Production Information", retrieved June 13, 2018
  31. ^ "Rob McClure Makes NYC Solo Concert Debut in Smile at Feinstein's/54 Below Tonight", July 1, 2016
  32. ^ Holden, Stephen. "Review. Rob McClure’s ‘Smile,’ a Glass That’s Always Half Full" The New York Times, July 3, 2016
  33. ^ Gans, Andrew. "Watch Cast of 50, Including Rob McClure, Shine in Highlights From St. Louis Muny’s 'Jerome Robbins’ Broadway'" Playbill, June 12, 2018
  34. ^ Spaner, Whitney. "A Fine Showmance: Rob McClure and Maggie Lakis On Their "Jersey Trash" Courtship and Love On Tour" Playbill, February 21, 2015

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