Caroline Broadway Transfer May Be Fueled by HBO Money

News   Caroline Broadway Transfer May Be Fueled by HBO Money Variety has reported that HBO, the cable network that is currently presenting the small screen adaptation of Tony Kushner's Angels in America, may provide financial backing for a commercial Broadway transfer of Kushner's musical collaboration with Jeanine Tesori, Caroline, or Change.

Caroline is currently running at Off-Broadway's Public Theater, where is opened to much attention, but extremely varied reviews.

The trade publication also said that HBO is considering filming the work, either as a live performance or as a dramatic film. HBO did not confirm the news account. The network has scored a solid critical hit with "Angels," which premiered on Dec. 7 and will continue (with part two) on Dec. 14.

On Dec. 5, the run of Caroline, or Change was extended by two weeks to Jan. 4. 2004. Producer Carole Shorenstein Hays, who holds the commercial rights to the project, is mulling over the possibility of a transfer. The New York Times speculated that the show's new home may be Broadway's Eugene O'Neill Theatre, currently home to Nine, which is due to close on Dec. 14.

At present, there are no plans to record the score, a Public Theater spokesperson told Playbill On-Line—an unusual circumstance given the high-profile of the musical's authors.

The show, which began previews Oct. 29, marks the first collaboration between Tesori and Kushner, as well as Kushner's first musical. George C. Wolfe directs. The plot, set in 1963, concerns Caroline, the black maid of the Gellmans, a Southern family, made up of a father, his new wife and the man's young son, Noah. The son's birth mother has recently died, and the stepmother is trying to establish a relationship with the child, who already has a close connection with Caroline. The title has a double meaning, referring to the myriad social changes swirling around the family and a family argument surrounding the spare change perpetually found in the boy's pants pockets.

Ramona Keller, Marva Hicks and Tracy Nicole Chapman as The Radio in <i>Caroline, or Change</i>
Ramona Keller, Marva Hicks and Tracy Nicole Chapman as The Radio in Caroline, or Change Photo by Michal Daniel