Caroline, or Change Casting Announced; Pinkins, as Expected, Stars

News   Caroline, or Change Casting Announced; Pinkins, as Expected, Stars The company of the Broadway run of Caroline, or Change was announced March 30, and, as expected, the troupe is largely the same that played at Off Broadway's Public Theater November 2003-February 2004.

Tonya Pinkins heads the company in the title role of a steely Louisiana maid struggling with her employers, herself and her community in 1963.

The company includes Reathel Bean, Harrison Chad, Tracy Nicole Chapman, David Costabile, Veanne CoxAisha de Haas, Marcus Carl Franklin, Marva Hicks, Capathia Jenkins, Larry Keith, Ramona Keller, Alice Playten, Anika Noni Rose, Leon Thomas III, Chandra Wilson and Chuck Cooper.

Caroline, or Change, with libretto by Tony Kushner, music by Jeanine Tesori and direction by George C. Wolfe, begins previews on April 12 at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre, 230 West 49th Street. Opening is May 2.

According to production notes, "Caroline is the black maid of a Southern family, made up of a father, his new wife and the man's young son. 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."

The creative team includes Riccardo Hernández (set design), Paul Tazewell (costume design), Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer (lighting design), Jon Weston (sound design), Jeffrey Frank (hair design), Rick Bassett (orchestrator), Joseph Joubert (orchestrator), Buryl Red (orchestrator), Kimberly Grigsby (music supervisor), John Miller (music coordinator), Linda Twine (music director and conductor), Hope Clarke (choreographer). The Caroline Company — the producing team — is comprised of Carole Shorenstein Hays, HBO Films, Jujamcyn Theaters, Freddy DeMann, Scott Rudin, Hendel/Morten/Wiesenfeld, Fox Theatricals/Manocherian/Bergère, Roger Berlind, Clear Channel Entertainment, Joan Cullman, Greg Holland/Scott Nederlander, Margo Lion, Daryl Roth, and Zollo/Sine in association with the Public Theater.

Tickets ($26-$101) are available through Telecharge.com online or by phone at (212) 239-6200.

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