Caroline, or Change
Caroline, or Change will now open at Studio 54 in fall 2021.
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)
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.