Tonya Pinkins to Reprise Title Role in London’s Caroline, or Change

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A spokesperson for London’s Royal National Theatre has revealed to Playbill.com that Tonya Pinkins has been cast to play the title role in the National's forthcoming production of Caroline, or Change.
Tonya Pinkins in the Broadway production of Caroline, or Change
Tonya Pinkins in the Broadway production of Caroline, or Change

The Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori musical starts previewing on the National’s Lyttelton stage Oct. 11 and opens Oct. 19.

Pinkins created the role in the original George C. Wolfe Off-Broadway production which divided critics but went on to receive six 2004 Tony nominations, winning Best Featured Actress in a Musical for Anika Noni Rose.

With book and lyrics by the Tony and Pulitzer-winning Kushner (Angels in America, Homebody Kabul) and music by Tony Award winner Tesori (Thoroughly Modern Milly), Caroline, or Change is set in Louisiana 1963 and follows the friendship between a black maid and the white, Jewish son of her employers.

The cast of the London version, which will be directed by George C. Wolfe, also includes Clive Rowe who won an Olivier for his portrayal of Nicely Nicely in the National’s 1996 production of Guys and Dolls. Rowe’s other stage credits include Simply Heavenly and Company.

Some of the characters in the show are not human, with Rowe taking on the roles of the Bus and the Dryer. Also confirmed in the London cast are Angela M. Caesar who will play the Moon, Malinda Parris as the Washing Machine and Nataylia Roni as the Radio.

For more information on Caroline, or Change call (0)7452 3400.

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