Some performances tell an entire story unto themselves. Sharon D Clarke delivers one such stunning star turn in this revival of Caroline, or Change, propelled onto Broadway by her acclaim in its previous London run. With an earth- and rafter-trembling embodiment of the title character, Clarke animates a curious — and at times troubling — musical with undeniable life.When Caroline, or Change first premiered at The Public Theater in 2003, a white creative team spinning a narrative that purportedly...
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Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori's musical Caroline, or Change boasts a score that combines a wealth of music genres, from spirituals to blues and from folk to Jewish klezmer music. Set in Louisiana in 1963, Caroline is an African-American maid who lives by the example that the smallest of changes can lead to the largest of transformations.
This new production, which originated at the popular Chichester Festival Theatre in the spring of 2017 before transferring to the Hampstead Theatre in spring 2018 and then to the West End's Playhouse Theatre in fall 2018 wildly and innovatively re-imagines the musical under the daring direction of Michael Longhurst.
The production's success was largely due to West End veteran Sharon D Clarke's Olivier Award-winning, tour-de-force performance as Caroline. Luckily, Clarke reprises the role and makes her long-overdue Broadway debut with the New York transfer, courtesy of Roundabout Theatre Company. She triumphed over stiff competition in her Olivier Awards category, including Kelli O'Hara's Tony Award-winning turn as Anna Leonowens in The King and I, Adrienne Warren's powerhouse portrayal of Tina Turner, and Rosalie Craig's turn as Bobbie in the gender-reversed revival of Company.
Caroline, or Change is a through-composed musical which debuted Off-Broadway at the Public Theater in the fall of 2003 and transferred directly to Broadway in the spring of 2004, starring Tonya Pinkins in the titular role. The tuner picked up six Tony Award nominations and its subsequent 2006 London premiere would ultimately go on to scoop the Olivier Award for best new musical.
Brace yourself, Broadway — a change is coming.
(Top photo by Helen Maybanks; gallery photos by Joan Marcus)
Sharon D Clarke stars in an exhilarating, Olivier Award-winning performance as Caroline, an African-American maid whose world of 1963 Louisiana ripples with change both large and small. Erupting with transcendent songs and larger-than-life imagination, Caroline, or Change explores how, in times of great transformation, even the simplest acts shake the earth.
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Sharon D Clarke stars in an exhilarating, Olivier Award-winning performance as Caroline, an African-American maid whose world of 1963 Louisiana ripples with change both large and small. (11+)
Cast and creative
By: Book & Lyrics by Tony Kushner, and Music by Jeanine Tesori
Director: Michael Longhurst
Producer: Roundabout Theatre Company in association with Ambassador Theatre Group, Benjamin Lowy Productions, Gavin Kalin Productions, Glass Half Full Productions and Nine Stories Productions
Cast list: Sharon D Clarke (as Caroline), Gabriel Amoroso, Adam Makké, and Jaden Myles Waldman (alternating as Noah Gellman), Caissie Levy (as Rose Stopnick Gellman), John Cariani (as Stuart Gellman), Joy Hermalyn (as Grandma Gellman), Stuart Zagnit (as Grandpa Gellman), Samantha Williams (as Emmie Thibodeaux), Alexander Bello (as Jackie Thibodeaux), Jayden Theophile (as Joe Thibodeaux), Tamika Lawrence (as Dotty Moffett), Chip Zien (as Mr. Stopnick), Arica Jackson (as The Washing Machine), Kevin S. McAllister (as The Dryer and The Bus), N’Kenge (as The Moon), Nasia Thomas (as Radio 1), Nya (as Radio 2), Harper Miles (as Radio 3), Richard Alexander Phillips (as the alternate for Jackie Thibodeaux and Joe Thibodeaux)
Design: Fly Davis
Lighting: Jack Knowles
Costume: Fly Davis
Choreography: Ann Yee
Sound: Paul Arditti
Other info: Music Supervision by Nigel Lilley and Music Direction by Chris Fenwick