Caroline, or Change

Caroline, or Change
Set in 1963 Louisiana, a provocative story of political change, social change... and pocket change.

Set in one of the most pivotal times in America's history, the Tony-nominated Caroline, or Change is riveting, moving and awe-inspiring. Featuring a virtuosic score by Jeanine Tesori (Shrek The Musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie), it blends blues, gospel and traditional Jewish melodies, creating a breathtaking medium for Kushner's provocative and personal story.

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 that 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 that the country has seen are being set in motion, and change is knocking on the door.

Caroline, or Change, produces a valuable theatrical experience that continues 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 that will change theatergoers for the better. Featuring one of the most powerful female roles in musical theatre, Caroline, or Change is a true tour de force that will leave audiences breathless.

Tony Kushner speaks about his work:

"...'Of anything I've ever done, I'm proudest of Caroline, or Change,' said Mr. Kushner..." The New York Times

Concert Selections for Caroline, or Change

MTI is pleased to provide the pre-approved rental materials of select songs for your symphonic concert performance. Please note, MTI is unable to grant the necessary Performance Rights with this material rental. The Performance Rights needed must be obtained separately through the individual song’s respective small rights agency such as ASCAP, BMI, or SESAC. Please email concerts@mtishows.com with any questions.

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    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Music by
    Jeanine Tesori
    Lyrics by
    Tony Kushner
    Orchestrated by
    R Basset, J Joubert, B Red
    Instrumentation
    2 Piano Conductor Score, 1 Guitar, 1 Piano, 2 Percussion (Ride Cymbal, Suspended Cymbal), 1 Violin 1, 1 Violin 2, 1 Viola, 1 Cello, 1 Bass (Acoustic)

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