The George C. Wolfe staging of Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori's musical, featuring many of the original cast members, will perform at San Francisco's Curran Theatre Jan. 14-Feb. 20, 2005 following its current Ahmanson Theatre run through Dec. 26.
The S.F. run — presented in association with Gordon Davidson and the Ahmanson and Berkeley Repertory Theatre as part of the Best of Broadway series 2004-2005 season — will officially open Jan. 18, 2005.
The Ahmanson cast includes Sy Adamowsky, Reathel Bean, Tracy Nicole Chapman, Chuck Cooper, David Costabile, Veanne Cox, Cicily Daniels, Danny Fetter, Aisha de Haas, Marva Hicks, Capathia Jenkins, Larry Keith, Paula Newsome, Benjamin Platt, Alice Playten, Kenna Ramsey, Leon G. Thomas III, Corwin Tuggles and Renn Woods.
The unique operatic pop musical "takes place in Louisiana in 1963, just before the assassination of President Kennedy and during the Civil Rights movement. Caroline is the black maid of a Southern Jewish family, consisting of a father, his new wife and his young son. The son's birth mother has recently died and the new stepmother tries to establish a relationship with the young boy, who already has a close connection with Caroline. The title of the musical 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 work originated Off-Broadway at The Public Theater then transferred to Broadway. It received six Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical, Best Direction of a Musical, Best Book and Best Score. The show closed on Broadway on Aug. 29. A two disc cast album preserves the score. Original Off-Broadway and Broadway director George C. Wolfe returns to the work with choreography by Hope Clarke. The design team include Riccardo Hernández (scenic), Paul Tazewell (costumes), Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer (lighting), Jon Weston (sound) and Jeffrey Frank (hair).