This long-awaited revival has taken its first bow! Caroline, or Changearrived at Broadway’s Studio 54 on Friday, October 8, with Olivier Award-winning actress Sharon D Clarke making her Broadway debut. US Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer made a surprise visit at the first performance, welcoming Roundabout Theatre Company audiences back to Broadway.
Along with Clarke, who returns to her Olivier Award-winning role as Caroline Thibodeaux, the show features Gabriel Amoroso (Noah Gellman), Alexander Bello (Jackie Thibodeaux), John Cariani (Stuart Gellman), Joy Hermalyn (Grandma Gellman), Arica Jackson (The Washing Machine), Tamika Lawrence (Dotty Moffett), Caissie Levy (Rose Stopnick Gellman), Adam Makké (Noah Gellman), Kevin S. McAllister (The Dryer, The Bus), Harper Miles (Radio 3), N’Kenge (The Moon), Nya (Radio 2), Richard Alexander Phillips (Alternate for Jackie Thibodeaux and Joe Thibodeaux), Jayden Theophile (Joe Thibodeaux), Nasia Thomas (Radio 1), Jaden Myles Waldman (Noah Gellman), Samantha Williams (Emmie Thibodeaux), Stuart Zagnit (Grandpa Gellman), and Chip Zien (Mr. Stopnick).
As a longstanding champion of theater in New York, Senator Schumer fought tirelessly to pass the bipartisan “Save Our Stages Act” legislation, which created the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Program that awarded $10 million—the maximum amount—to Roundabout Theatre Company in June 2021. In total, the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Program has awarded nearly $1.5 billion to more than 1,300 venues across New York.
Last month, Senator Schumer also contacted the charge d’affaires at the U.S. Embassy in London to break through a bureaucratic logjam and facilitate Sharon D Clarke’s National Interest Exception waiver and visa approval to travel to the United States for rehearsals.
Watch speeches from Senator Chuck Schumer and cast member Samantha Williams with the Broadway cast celebrating their first preview below.
Caroline, or Change features a Book & Lyrics by Tony Kushner, Music by Jeanine Tesori, Direction by Michael Longhurst, Choreography by Ann Yee, Musical Supervision by Nigel Lilley, and Musical Direction by Joseph Joubert.
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