After rescheduling due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Broadway’s Caroline, or Change will begin previews on October 8th in Studio 54. October 27th will be the opening night. Sharon D Clarke, the production star of Roundabout Theatre Company, played the lead role. She replayed her Olivier’s award-winning performance on the West End stage in 2018. Caroline, or Change features Tony Kushner’s book and lyrics, and Jeanine Tesori’s soundtrack.
Caroline, or Change begins previews
This musical tells the story of Caroline Thibodeaux, an African-American woman. She worked as a maid for a white Jewish family during the Civil Rights Movement. Michael Longhurst is the director, choreography by Ann Yee, Music Supervisor is Nigel Lilley, Music Director by Joseph Joubert, Fly Davis Set and Costume, Jack Knowles Lighting, Paul Arditti Sound, Choreography by Rick Bassett, Joseph Joubert, and Buryl Red, Hair and Wig Design by Amanda Miller Design and makeup are designed by Sarah Cimino.
The cast features Caissie Levy as Rose Stopnick Gellman and John Cariani as Stuart Gellman. Samantha Williams stars as Emmie Thibodeaux, Joy Hermalyn as Grandma Gellman, Arica Jackson as The Washing Machine, Tamika Lawrence as Dotty Moffett, Kevin S. McAllister as The Dryer, and The Bus, Harper Miles as Radio 3, N’Kenge as The Moon, Nya as Radio 2, Nasia Thomas as Radio 1, Stuart Zagnit as Grandpa Gellman, and Chip Zien as Mr. Stopnick.
Playing the role of Noah Gellman are Gabriel Amoroso, Adam Makké, and Jaden Myles Waldman. Alexander Bello plays Jackie Thibodeaux. Jayden Theophile stars as Joe Thibodeaux. Richard Alexander Phillips is an alternate for both Jackie and Joe.
In 1963, on a hot day in Lake Charles, Louisiana, Caroline, a black maid who worked for the Gellman family. She got paid $30 a week to wash clothes in the basement. Caroline imagined the objects in the basement as an adult and kept herself awake in the basement. The mother of Gellmans’ 8-year-old son Noah recently died of cancer. Caroline allowed Noah to light her a cigarette every day, which was a secret they could share. Caroline put the clothes in the dryer and sang the story of her four children and cleaning the house for 22 years.
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Credits: Playbill.com; broadway.com