Caroline, or Change

Caroline, or Change

UPDATE: This production has been postponed until spring 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Stay tuned for more information.

Tickets for Caroline, or Change at Studio 54 on Broadway will be on sale soon.

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 onto the West End in the fall of that same year, 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 (including ‘Best Musical’) and its subsequent 2006 London premiere (staged by the National Theatre, also starring Ms. Pinkins) would ultimately go on to scoop the Olivier Award for ‘Best New Musical’.

Brace yourself, Broadway – a change is coming…

(Photo by Helen Maybanks)

About Caroline, or Change:

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.

Book & Lyrics by Tony Kushner, and Music by Jeanine Tesori
Roundabout Theatre Company in association with Ambassador Theatre Group, Benjamin Lowy Productions, Gavin Kalin Productions, Glass Half Full Productions and Nine Stories Productions
Michael Longhurst
Jack Knowles
Paul Arditti
Fly Davis
Ann Yee
Fly Davis
Cast list:
Sharon D Clarke (as Caroline), alongside Alexander Bello (as Joe Thibodeaux), John Cariani (as Stuart Gellman), Joy Hermalyn (as Grandma Gellman), Arica Jackson (as the Washing Machine), Tamika Lawrence (as Dotty Moffett), Caissie Levy (as Rose Stopnick Gellman), Kevin S. McAllister (as Bus/Dryer), Jonah Mussolino (as Noah Gellman), N’Kenge (as The Moon), Chinua Payne (as Jackie Thibodeaux), Nasia Thomas, Nya and Harper Miles (as the three Radios), Samantha Williams (as Emmie Thibodeaux), Stuart Zagnit (as Grandpa Gellman ), and Chip Zien (as Mr. Stopnick), with Kaden Amari Anderson (as Jackie/Joe Alternate) and Jaden Myles Waldman (as Noah Gellman Alternate)
Other info:
Music Supervision by Nigel Lilley and Music Direction by Chris Fenwick
Caroline, or Change Performance Dates & Times
Expected Spring 2021

Studio 54

254 West 54th Street (between Broadway and 8th Avenue), New York, NY 10019
Nearest subway station:
7th Avenue
Seating Plan:

Latest Caroline, or Change News & Features

Sharon D. Clarke in Caroline, or Change
Roundabout Theatre shifts Broadway lineup to 2021
June 26, 2020

Roundabout Theatre Company announced an update to its upcoming season on Broadway, with the second postponement of two productions and an additional production. The company has added the Broadway debut of Alice Childress's Trouble in Mind, directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, to the season's lineup. Known as a founding member of the American Negro Theatre, Childress was the first Black woman to be produced professionally in New York with her play Gold Through the Trees in 1952. Trouble in Mind will open at the American Airlines Theatre in winter 2021/22.