Roundabout Theatre Company will be producing the first Broadway revival of the 2004 musical Caroline, or Change. The Tony Award nominated and Olivier Award winning musical Caroline, or Change will feature Sharon D Clarke reprising her role as “Caroline” from the acclaimed West End production. Direct from a smash-hit run on London’s West End, the show will begin performances on March 13, 2020 and open on April 7, 2020 at Studio 54 on Broadway. Michael Longhurst will direct.
British actress Sharon D Clarke is a mainstay of theatre and television, as well as an accomplished singer. In 2017, she was awarded an M.B.E in The Queen’s New Years’ Honours List for Services to Drama. Her theatre work includes: Blues in the Night (Kiln Theatre), Death of a Salesman (Young Vic), Caroline, or Change (Olivier Award, Chichester Festival Theatre, Hampstead Theatre, Playhouse Theatre), The Life (Southwark Playhouse), Sleeping Beauty, Vagina Monologues, Sleeping Beauty, Mother Goose, Puss in Boots & Cinderella (Hackney Empire), Pigs and Dogs (Royal Court Theatre), Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Best Revival Olivier Award), An Oak Tree, Everyman, Amen Corner (Olivier Award), and Guys and Dolls (National Theatre).
Caroline, or Change has music by Jeanine Tesori (Shrek The Musical, Fun Home) and a book and lyrics by Tony Kushner (Angels in America). The musical tells the story of an “African-American maid whose world of 1963 Louisiana ripples with change both large and small. Caroline, or Change explores how, in times of great transformation, even the simplest acts shake the earth.”
The creative team for Caroline, or Change will include Fly Davis (Set & Costume design), Jack Knowles (Lights), Paul Arditti (Sound), Nigel Lilley (Music Supervision), Chris Fenwick (Music Direction). Additional casting will be announced at a later date.
Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals, The Disney Song Encyclopedia, and The Encyclopedia of Television Theme Songs. His forthcoming book, Sitcommentary: The Television Comedies That Changed America, will hit the shelves in October, 2019. He maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.