Caroline, or Change

Caroline, or Change

Caroline, or Change has now closed on Broadway.

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)

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Running time: 
2 hours and 25 minutes (including intermission)
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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), 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)
Other info:
Music Supervision by Nigel Lilley and Music Direction by Chris Fenwick
Caroline, or Change Performance Dates & Times
Previews from: 
October 8, 2021
Opening date: 
October 27, 2021
Available from: 
October 7, 2021
Booking to: 
January 9, 2022
January 9, 2022

Performance schedules for all shows are subject to change.

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
'Caroline, or Change' to host digital rush on TodayTix
October 4, 2021

Get your pocket change ready! Caroline, or Change will offer rush tickets on the TodayTix app for its Broadway run at Studio 54. Performances begin October 8 and run through January 9, 2022, with October 27 as the show's opening night.

Caroline, or Change
'Caroline, or Change' announces full Broadway casting
September 23, 2021

No one waiting for the Caroline, or Change cast anymore! Roundabout Theatre Company, which is producing the revival of the musical, has announced the full cast. Caroline, or Change will start performances on October 8 at Studio 54 ahead of an October 27 opening night.

Our Caroline, or Change Review

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.