The musical, which concerns the life of an African-American maid who works for a Jewish family in 1963 Louisiana, transferred to Broadway after an acclaimed run at the Public Theater in fall 2003. Previews began April 1, 2004 at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre, and the musical officially opened May 2. The production will have played 23 previews and 136 regular performances on Broadway.
The Caroline producers issued this statement today: "We are all so proud to have been a part of this wonderful production of Caroline, Or Change. We want to congratulate Tony Kushner, Jeanine Tesori, George C. Wolfe, and the entire cast who have worked so hard to bring this unique musical to Broadway. Caroline, Or Change broke new ground in the American musical theatre, and this amazing musical will be seen by many more theatre-goers across the world in the years to come."
Tony Award winner Tonya Pinkins, who received a Tony nomination for her performance in the George C. Wolfe-directed musical, stars in the title role. The cast also features Tony Award winner Anika Noni Rose as Caroline's daughter, Emmie, as well as Reathel Bean, Harrison Chad, Tracy Nicole Chapman, David Costabile, Veanne Cox, Aisha de Haas, Marcus Carl Franklin, Marva Hicks, Capathia Jenkins, Larry Keith, Ramona Keller, Alice Playten, Leon G. Thomas III, Chandra Wilson and Chuck Cooper.
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 original cast recording of the musical was released as a two-CD set by Hollywood Records in June. Tickets ($26-$101) are available through Telecharge.com online or by phone at (212) 239-6200.