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Caroline, or Change (Libretto) - Full Length Musical, Drama

Caroline, or Change (Libretto)

Tony Kushner, Jeanine Tesori

Full Length Musical, Drama

ISBN: 9781559362481

Music by Jeanine Tesori
Book and Lyrics by Tony Kushner

Through the intimate story of friendship between a black maid and the son of her Jewish employers in 1963 Louisiana, this beautiful new musical portrays the changing rhythms of a nation.

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Full Length Musical

Drama

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Louisiana, 1963: A nation reeling from the burgeoning Civil Rights Movement and the Kennedy assassination. Caroline, a black maid, and Noah, the son of the Jewish family she works for, struggle to find an identity for their friendship. Through their intimate story, this beautiful new musical portrays the changing rhythms of a nation. Tony Kushner and composer Jeanine Tesori have created a story that addresses contemporary questions of culture, community, race and class through the lens and musical pulse of the 1960s.
"One of the most significant musicals to reach the New York stage in recent years." -Peter Marks, Washington Post

"A 'breakthrough' that almost seems to have discovered a new genre." -Richard Zoglin, Time

"Kushner's great achievement is to make the political personal in a work that combines great dramatic intensity with wild flights of fantasy and music of thrilling variety and strength." -Charles Spencer, Daily Telegraph

"The real joy lies in finding a musical that combines compassion with social awareness." -Michael Billington, Guardian Unlimited
CAROLINE, OR CHANGE was first workshopped in October of 2002. The following year, CAROLINE, OR CHANGE opened at the Public Theater on November 30, 2003. In addition to Tonya Pinkins, the cast included Harrison Chad, Anika Noni Rose, Chuck Cooper, Veanne Cox and Alice Playten. Instantly, there were rave reviews for Pinkins' tour-de-force performance and declarations that CAROLINE, OR CHANGE was a landmark achievement in musical theater. The Public Theater engagement extended twice and subsequently transferred to Broadway. CAROLINE, OR CHANGE began previews at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre on April 12, 2004 and opened on May 2, 2004. The show closed in August of 2004. Engagements followed in both Los Angeles and San Francisco, in which both Pinkins and Rose appeared alongside much of the original cast. Tonya Pinkins repeated her performance when CAROLINE, OR CHANGE played London's Royal National Theater in the fall of 2006.
Characters

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Expandable casting, Flexible casting

CAROLINE THIBODEAUX Works as a maid to the Gellman family. She is a divorcee with four children and resistant to change in the world. Bitter, tired, devoted. Female, 35-45 yrs old Range: E3 - E5

DOTTY MOFFETT Caroline’s high-spirited friend and fellow maid. A drinker and smoker, she is routinely admonished by Caroline for her behavior. Female, 25-35 yrs old Range: F3 - D5

EMMIE THIBODEAUX Caroline’s only daughter and the second of four children. Observant, rebellious, outspoken. Female, 16-18 yrs old Range: F3 - F5

GRANDMA GELLMAN Stuart’s mother and Noah’s grandmother. She is concerned for her son’s melancholy and an admirer of his new wife. Female, 55-65 yrs old Range: G3 - E5

GRANDPA GELLMAN Stuart’s father and Noah’s grandfather. He is aloof to the changes occurring in the South. Male, 60-70 yrs old Range: G3 - E5

JACKIE THIBODEAUX Caroline’s son. Though he is older than Joe, he is more sweet and naïve. Male, 9-12 yrs old Range: A3 - D5

JOE THIBODEAUX Caroline’s son. Though he is the baby of the family, he is outspoken and skeptical. Male, 8-11 yrs old Range: B3 - D5

MR. STOPNICK Rose’s father from New York City. A politically progressive man with dissenting opinions. Male, 65-75 yrs old Range: F3 - E5

NOAH GELLMAN The son of Caroline’s employer, Stuart Gellman. Shy, forgetful, and looks to Caroline for comfort and distraction. Male, 7-10 yrs old Range: G3 - E5

ROSE STOPNICK GELLMAN An old friend of the Gellman's and Stuart’s new wife. She has recently moved to the South. Female, 35-45 yrs old Range: G3 - E5

STUART GELLMAN Noah’s father and Rose’s new husband. He is also Caroline’s employer. He has trouble connecting to his son and new wife. Male, 30-40 yrs old Range: B3 - G5

THE BUS Part narrator, part friend, and part subconscious to Caroline and her story. Can double as The Dryer. Male, 20-50 yrs old Range: G3 - B5

THE DRYER Part narrator, part friend, and part subconscious to Caroline and her story. Can double as The Bus. Male, 20-50 yrs old Range: E3 - C6

THE MOON Part narrator, part friend, and part subconscious to Caroline and her story. Female, 20-50 yrs old Range: B3 - A5

THE RADIO Part narrator, part friend, and part subconscious to Caroline and her story. Played by three women. Female, 20-50 yrs old Range: G3-F5

WASHING MACHINE Part narrator, part friend, and part subconscious to Caroline and her story. Female, 20-50 yrs old Range: G3 - E5
Author(s)
Jeanine Tesori

Jeanine Tesori

JEANINE TESORI won the Tony Award for Best Original Score with Lisa Kron for the musical Fun Home, which is currently playing on Broadway. She has also written Tony-nominated scores for Twelfth Night at Lincoln Center; Thoroughly Modern Millie (lyrics, Dick Scanlan); Caroline, or Change (lyrics, Tony Kushner); and Shrek The Musical (lyrics, David Lindsay-Abaire). The production of Caroline, or ... view full profile

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