Two Acts, Book Musical, Thru Sung / Operetta, Rated PG
Original Broadway Version
Set in one of the most poignant and never-to-be-forgotten times in America's history, CAROLINE, OR CHANGE is riveting, moving, and awe inspiring.
In 1963 the Gellman family and their African-American maid, Caroline, live in sleepy Lake Charles, Louisiana. Caroline is drifting through life as a single mother of four working in a service job to a white family. A fragile, yet beautiful friendship develops between the young Gellman son, Noah, and Caroline. Noah's stepmother Rose, unable to give Caroline a raise, tells Caroline that she may keep the money Noah leaves in his pockets. Caroline balks and refuses to take money from a child, but her own children desperately need food, clothing and shoes. Outside of the laundry room, some of the greatest social advancements the country has seen are being set in motion and change is knocking on the door.
It's no surprise that the pairing of Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori has yielded such a stirring piece of musical theatre. Nominated for multiple Tony Awards, CAROLINE, OR CHANGE is a valuable theatrical experience that will continue to thrill audiences the world over. It is a story that must be shared and will touch hearts. It is a story that will open minds. It is a story will change theatergoers for the better.
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Although Dean Jones originally starred in Company, he left the run early and his replacement Larry Kert was nominated for the Tony® Award as "Best Actor in a Musical."