Caroline, or Change Set for Broadway Transfer; Begins April 13

News   Caroline, or Change Set for Broadway Transfer; Begins April 13 Caroline, or Change, the new musical by playwright-librettist Tony Kushner and composer Jeanine Tesori, will transfer to the O'Neill Theatre on April 13 and open on May 2, a spokesman confirmed.
Tonya Pinkins and Harrison Chad in Caroline, or Change
Tonya Pinkins and Harrison Chad in Caroline, or Change Photo by Michal Daniel

Some of the most powerful producers in theatre are pooling their resources to make the transfer happen. The production team is headed by Carole Shorenstein Hays and Jujamcyn Theatres. The remaining producers will be announced at a later time.

The announcement ends weeks of drama in which reports detailed the dollar by dollar collection of the $6 million needed for the Broadway bow. The show opened at the Public Theater on Nov. 30, and has extended its run.

The show opened to divided reviews, but has won solid audience response and praise for lead actress Tonya Pinkins' strong performance in the title role, and has received solid support in the pages of The New York Times.

Composer Tesori told Playbill On-Line that her wish is to have a recording put together around the time of the spring commercial move, so as to incorporate some tweaks and refinements she, Kushner and director George C. Wolfe want.

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 cast also features Chuck Cooper, Veanne Cox, Reathel Bean, Harrison Chad, Tracy Nicole Chapman, David Costabile, Marcus Carl Franklin, Marva Hicks, Capathia Jenkins, Larry Keith, Ramona Keller, Adriane Lenox, Alice Playten, Anika Noni Rose, Kevin Tate and Chandra Wilson.

Caroline is 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.

Caroline, or Change plays the Newman Theatre in The Public complex, 425 Lafayette Street. Tickets are $70.

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