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Photo Coverage: CHAPLIN's Lil' Bravest Inc. Charity Performance

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The Friday, November 9th performance of Broadway's Chaplin at the Barrymore Theatre, 243 West 47th Street, benefited the NYC Firefighters' charity, Lil' Bravest Inc., which raises money for children with diseases. BroadwayWorld was there and, below, brings you photos from last night's curtain call and check presentation!

The Lil' Bravest was started by a group of Firefighters from Engine 84 and Ladder 34, located in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan. They started the Lil' Bravest in honor of two of their "Brothers" they lost in 2010. On October 17th, 2010 Rory O'flaherty , who served two tours in Iraq with the U.S. Army, passed away due to an enlarged heart at the age of 31. It was an unexpected tragedy. Two months later they lost their mentor and "senior man" of the firehouse John "Sully" Sullivan. John was a 27 year veteran of Ladder 34 and died on Christmas Eve, 2010 of cancer as a result of his rescue and recovery efforts following September 11th.

The Lil' Bravest was started in memory of these two great men. Rory volunteered his time at Blythedale Children's Hospital located near his home in Westchester, NY. John was responsible for their annual firehouse Christmas dinner for the elderly residents of Washington Heights. Following their untimely deaths, they decided to combine the ideas of John and Rory and begin visiting the Children of Columbia Presbyterian's cancer center on holidays. Columbia Presbyterian is the nearest hospital to their firehouse, located in their first due response area. Their firehouse would bring candy to the children who were stuck in the hospital for the holidays. It was a huge success, bringing smiles to the children's faces. They wanted to do more, so they began having pizza parties for the children, where they would spend the day with them, provide food for them and play games. Funding for the parties was solely through tee shirt sales. If one member of their firehouse bought a shirt, that sale would then pay for a tee shirt for one of the children. Members of the firehouse would also pitch in and pay for the food and drinks they would bring. It started out as two parties a year, one around Christmas time, and an end of the school year party. In hopes of "doing more", and in honor of John Sullivan and Rory O'flaherty they decided to start the Lil' Bravest, Inc.

CHAPLIN is a new musical depicting the life of film icon Charlie Chaplin, with music and lyrics by Christopher Curtis and book by three-time Tony Award-winner Thomas Meehan and Christopher Curtis, opened on Broadway on Monday, September 10, 2012. Previews began Tuesday, August 21, 2012. Warren Carlyle directs and choreographs the production.

CHAPLIN stars Rob McClure in the title role, and also features Jim Borstelmann (Alf Reeves), Jenn Colella (Hedda Hopper), Ethan Khusidman, Erin Mackey (Oona O'Neill), Michael McCormick (Sennett, McGranery, Emcee), Christiane Noll (Hannah Chaplin), Zachary Unger (Young Charlie, Jackie) and Wayne Alan Wilcox (Sydney Chaplin).

From the slums of London to the heights of Hollywood, Chaplin is the showbiz Broadway musical about the silent film legend the world couldn't stop talking about - Charlie Chaplin. The brand new 24-person musical reveals the man behind the legend, the undeniable genius that forever changed the way America went to the movies.

Photo Credit: Walter McBride/Retna Ltd.

Photo Coverage: CHAPLIN's Lil' Bravest Inc. Charity Performance

Photo Coverage: CHAPLIN's Lil' Bravest Inc. Charity Performance
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Photo Coverage: CHAPLIN's Lil' Bravest Inc. Charity Performance
Timothy Hughes, Ian Liberto & Justin Bowen

Photo Coverage: CHAPLIN's Lil' Bravest Inc. Charity Performance
Timothy Hughes, Ian Liberto & Justin Bowen

Photo Coverage: CHAPLIN's Lil' Bravest Inc. Charity Performance
The Company

Photo Coverage: CHAPLIN's Lil' Bravest Inc. Charity Performance
The Company

Photo Coverage: CHAPLIN's Lil' Bravest Inc. Charity Performance
William Ryall, Hayley Podschun & Ethan Khusidman

Photo Coverage: CHAPLIN's Lil' Bravest Inc. Charity Performance
William RyallHayley Podschun

Photo Coverage: CHAPLIN's Lil' Bravest Inc. Charity Performance
Hayley Podschun & Ethan Khusidman

Photo Coverage: CHAPLIN's Lil' Bravest Inc. Charity Performance
Jim Borstelmann & Michael McCormick and Company

Photo Coverage: CHAPLIN's Lil' Bravest Inc. Charity Performance
Jim Borstelmann & Michael McCormick and Company

Photo Coverage: CHAPLIN's Lil' Bravest Inc. Charity Performance
Michael McCormick

Photo Coverage: CHAPLIN's Lil' Bravest Inc. Charity Performance
Zachary Unger & Company

Photo Coverage: CHAPLIN's Lil' Bravest Inc. Charity Performance
Zachary Unger & Company

Photo Coverage: CHAPLIN's Lil' Bravest Inc. Charity Performance
Jenn Colella & Company

Photo Coverage: CHAPLIN's Lil' Bravest Inc. Charity Performance
Jenn Colella 

Photo Coverage: CHAPLIN's Lil' Bravest Inc. Charity Performance
Christiane Noll & Company

Photo Coverage: CHAPLIN's Lil' Bravest Inc. Charity Performance
Christiane Noll & Company

Photo Coverage: CHAPLIN's Lil' Bravest Inc. Charity Performance
Christiane Noll

Photo Coverage: CHAPLIN's Lil' Bravest Inc. Charity Performance
Christiane Noll

Photo Coverage: CHAPLIN's Lil' Bravest Inc. Charity Performance
Wayne Alan Wilcox & Company

Photo Coverage: CHAPLIN's Lil' Bravest Inc. Charity Performance
Wayne Alan Wilcox

Photo Coverage: CHAPLIN's Lil' Bravest Inc. Charity Performance
Wayne Alan Wilcox

Photo Coverage: CHAPLIN's Lil' Bravest Inc. Charity Performance
Erin Mackey & Company

Photo Coverage: CHAPLIN's Lil' Bravest Inc. Charity Performance
Erin Mackey & Company

Photo Coverage: CHAPLIN's Lil' Bravest Inc. Charity Performance
Erin Mackey & Company

Photo Coverage: CHAPLIN's Lil' Bravest Inc. Charity Performance
Erin Mackey

Photo Coverage: CHAPLIN's Lil' Bravest Inc. Charity Performance
Rob McClure

Photo Coverage: CHAPLIN's Lil' Bravest Inc. Charity Performance
Rob McClure

Photo Coverage: CHAPLIN's Lil' Bravest Inc. Charity Performance
Rob McClure

Photo Coverage: CHAPLIN's Lil' Bravest Inc. Charity Performance
Rob McClure

Photo Coverage: CHAPLIN's Lil' Bravest Inc. Charity Performance
Rob McClure

Photo Coverage: CHAPLIN's Lil' Bravest Inc. Charity Performance
Rob McClure

Photo Coverage: CHAPLIN's Lil' Bravest Inc. Charity Performance
Rob McClure & Company

Photo Coverage: CHAPLIN's Lil' Bravest Inc. Charity Performance
Rob McClure & Company

Photo Coverage: CHAPLIN's Lil' Bravest Inc. Charity Performance
Rob McClure

Photo Coverage: CHAPLIN's Lil' Bravest Inc. Charity Performance
Rob McClure

Photo Coverage: CHAPLIN's Lil' Bravest Inc. Charity Performance
Rob McClure

Photo Coverage: CHAPLIN's Lil' Bravest Inc. Charity Performance
Rob McClure

Photo Coverage: CHAPLIN's Lil' Bravest Inc. Charity Performance
Rob McClure

Photo Coverage: CHAPLIN's Lil' Bravest Inc. Charity Performance
Rob McClure

Photo Coverage: CHAPLIN's Lil' Bravest Inc. Charity Performance
Rob McClure

Photo Coverage: CHAPLIN's Lil' Bravest Inc. Charity Performance
The Company: Christiane Noll, Wayne Alan Wilcox, Rob McClure, Erin Mackey, Jenn Colella & Company 

Photo Coverage: CHAPLIN's Lil' Bravest Inc. Charity Performance
Rob McClure

Photo Coverage: CHAPLIN's Lil' Bravest Inc. Charity Performance
Rob McClure

Photo Coverage: CHAPLIN's Lil' Bravest Inc. Charity Performance
Rob McClure

Photo Coverage: CHAPLIN's Lil' Bravest Inc. Charity Performance
Rob McClure

Photo Coverage: CHAPLIN's Lil' Bravest Inc. Charity Performance
Rob McClure

Photo Coverage: CHAPLIN's Lil' Bravest Inc. Charity Performance
Rob McClure during the Curtain Call and check presentation to The Lil' Bravest Inc. Charity

Photo Coverage: CHAPLIN's Lil' Bravest Inc. Charity Performance
Rob McClure 

Photo Coverage: CHAPLIN's Lil' Bravest Inc. Charity Performance
Ethan Khusidman & Zachary Unger & Company during the Curtain Call and check presentation to John Ziegler, Timmy Carroll, Bill Toelstedt  and John Szeligowski from The Lil' Bravest INC Charity 

Photo Coverage: CHAPLIN's Lil' Bravest Inc. Charity Performance
Ethan Khusidman & Zachary Unger with check presentation to John Ziegler, Timmy Carroll, Bill Toelstedt  and John Szeligowski from The Lil' Bravest INC. Charity

Photo Coverage: CHAPLIN's Lil' Bravest Inc. Charity Performance
Jim Borstelmann, Rob McClure, Christiane Noll & Wayne Alan Wilcox

Photo Coverage: CHAPLIN's Lil' Bravest Inc. Charity Performance
Ethan Khusidman & Zachary Unger with check presentation to John Ziegler, Timmy Carroll, Bill Toelstedt  and John Szeligowski from The Lil' Bravest INC. Charity

Photo Coverage: CHAPLIN's Lil' Bravest Inc. Charity Performance
Erin Mackey, Zachary Unger, Jenn Colella & Michael McCormick

Photo Coverage: CHAPLIN's Lil' Bravest Inc. Charity Performance
check presentation to John Ziegler, Timmy Carroll, Bill Toelstedt  and John Szeligowski from The Lil' Bravest INC. Charity

Photo Coverage: CHAPLIN's Lil' Bravest Inc. Charity Performance
Jim Borstelmann, Rob McClure, Christiane Noll & Wayne Alan Wilcox

Photo Coverage: CHAPLIN's Lil' Bravest Inc. Charity Performance
check presentation to John Ziegler, Timmy Carroll, Bill Toelstedt  and John Szeligowski from The Lil' Bravest INC. Charity

Photo Coverage: CHAPLIN's Lil' Bravest Inc. Charity Performance
The Company with check presentation to John Ziegler, Timmy Carroll, Bill Toelstedt  and John Szeligowski from The Lil' Bravest INC. Charity

Photo Coverage: CHAPLIN's Lil' Bravest Inc. Charity Performance
check presentation to John Ziegler, Timmy Carroll, Bill Toelstedt  and John Szeligowski from The Lil' Bravest INC. Charity

Photo Coverage: CHAPLIN's Lil' Bravest Inc. Charity Performance

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Walter McBride As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Walter moved to Manhattan and for a leading role as a Photographer & Photo Researcher. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Corbis/AP.


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