Musical (2003)


Musique: Jeanine Tesori
Paroles: Tonu Kushner
Livret: Tonu Kushner
Production à la création:

Louisiana, 1963, in the immediate aftermath of the Kennedy assassination. Caroline, a black maid to a southern Jewish family, is struggling to keep afloat both emotionally and economically, while the young son of her employer tries to make sense of the world following the death of his mother. A musical exploration of human relationships, love, loss and social transformation.

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The musical was first workshopped in May 1999 at New York's off-Broadway Public Theater. Director George C. Wolfe continued to workshop the musical at the Public Theater, where it opened on November 30, 2003 and closed on February 1, 2004.
It transferred to Broadway at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre on May 2, 2004 and closed on August 29, 2004 after 136 performances and 22 previews. The musical starred Tonya Pinkins in the title role, Anika Noni Rose as Emmie Thibodeaux, Harrison Chad as Noah Gellman, Veanne Cox as Rose Stopnick Gellman and Chandra Wilson as Dotty Moffett. (all both off-and on-Broadway). The choreographer was Hope Clarke; scenic design by Riccardo Hernandez; costume design by Paul Tazewell; and lighting design by Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer. Despite its relatively short run, it was critically acclaimed[3] and nominated for six Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
Opening in October 2006, a London production at the National Theatre on the Lyttelton stage, also directed by Wolfe, ran in repertory with Marianne Elliot's production of Thérèse Raquin to January 2007. The production did not transfer to the West End but did win the Olivier Award for Best New Musical. The opening night cast in London starred Tonya Pinkins as Caroline. Other cast members included Pippa Bennett-Warner as Emmie Thibodeaux, Anna Francolini as Rose Stopnick Gellman, Hilton McRae as Mr. Stopnick, Perry Millward, Jonny Weldon and Greg Bernstein alternating as Noah and Clive Rowe as the dryer/bus.
In regional theatre, Pinkins and Anika Noni Rose (Emmie Thibodeaux) reprised their roles in late 2004 at the Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles, California[5] and in early 2005 at the Curran Theatre, San Francisco, California. The Chicago premiere at the Court Theatre in fall 2008 earned 4 Jeff awards, for director Charles Newell, Musical Director Doug Peck, star E. Faye Butler, and best production of a musical at a large scale theater. Other productions include Center Stage, Baltimore, Maryland, in December 2008-January 2009 with E. Faye Butler; the Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis, Minnesota, April–June 2009, and the Gallery Players, Brooklyn, N.Y., January–February 2010.


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Caroline or change (2018-11-Playhouse Theatre-London)

Type de série: West End Transfer
Théâtre: Playhouse Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 3 mois 1 semaine
Nombre :
Première Preview : mardi 20 novembre 2018
Première : mardi 20 novembre 2018
Dernière : samedi 02 mars 2019
Mise en scène : Michael Longhurst
Chorégraphie : Ann Yee
Producteur :
Avec : Sharon D Clarke (Caroline Thibodeaux), Naana Agyei-Ampadu, Keisha Amponsa Banson, Alastair Brookshaw, Me'sha Bryan, Angela Caesar, Dujonna Gift-Simms, Sue Kelvin, Teddy Kempner, Ako Mitchell, Abiona Omonua, Vincent Pirillo, Tanisha Spring, Lauren Ward, Cassiopeia Berkeley-Agyepong, Zalika Henry, Laura Medforth, Timothy Quinlan, Teddy Wills, Isaac Forward (Noah - some dates), Aaron Gelkoff (Noah - some dates), Jack Meredith (Noah - some dates), Mark Mwangi (Jackie - some dates), Kenya Sandy (Jackie - some dates), Jereiah Waysome (Jackie - some dates), Josiah Choto (Joe - some dates), David Dube (Joe - some dates), Raphael Higgins-Hume (Joe - some dates).
Commentaires : Following sold-out runs in Chichester and at the Hampstead Theatre, the brilliant Sharon D Clarke reprises her role in Tony Kushner’s ‘modern masterpiece’, Caroline, or Change.

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Caroline, Or Change (2003-11-Public Theatre-Off Broadway)

Type de série: Original Off-Broadway
Théâtre: Public Theatre (Broadway (Off) - Etats-Unis)
Durée : 2 mois
Nombre :
Première Preview : mercredi 29 octobre 2003
Première : dimanche 30 novembre 2003
Dernière : dimanche 01 février 2004
Mise en scène : George C Wolfe
Chorégraphie : Hope Clarke
Producteur :
Commentaires longs: Transféré à Broadway après cette série dans l'Off-Broadway

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Caroline, Or Change (2004-05-Eugene O'Neill Theatre-Broadway)

Type de série: Original Broadway
Théâtre: Eugene O'Neill Theatre (Broadway - Etats-Unis)
Durée : 3 mois 4 semaines
Nombre : 22 previews - 136 représentations
Première Preview : mardi 13 avril 2004
Première : dimanche 02 mai 2004
Dernière : dimanche 29 août 2004
Mise en scène : George C Wolfe
Chorégraphie : Hope Clarke
Producteur :
Avec : Caroline Thibodeaux ... Tonya Pinkins
Emmie Thibodeaux ... Anika Noni Rose
Noah Gellman ... Harrison Chad
Stuart Gellman ... David Costabile
Rose Stopnick Gellman ... Veanne Cox
Dotty Moffett ... Chandra Wilson
The Dryer/The Bus ... Chuck Cooper
Grandpa Gellman ... Reathel Bean
The Radio ... Tracy Nicole Chapman & Marva Hicks

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Caroline, Or Change (2006-05-Metheny Theatre-Washington)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Metheny Theatre (Washington - Etats-Unis)
Durée : 2 mois 1 semaine
Nombre :
Première Preview : Inconnu
Première : mercredi 17 mai 2006
Dernière : dimanche 23 juillet 2006
Mise en scène : Greg Ganakas
Chorégraphie :
Producteur :
Avec : Caroline Thibodeaux ... Julia Nixon
Noah Gellman ... Max Talisman
Washing Machine/Moon ... Allison Blackwell
Jackie Thibodeaux ... Zachary Blumenstein
Grandma Gellman ... Ilona Dulaski
Bus/Dryer ... Elmore James
Emmie Thibodeaux ... Trisha Jeffrey
Joe Thibodeaux ... Kameron Lamar
Mr. Stopnick ... Otts Laupus
Dotty ... Kelly J. Rucker
Commentaires longs: Originally scheduled to play until June 25. An extension was added due to high ticket sales.

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Caroline, Or Change (2006-10-Lyttelton Theatre-NT-London)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: National Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Salle : Lyttelton Theatre
Durée : 2 mois 2 semaines
Nombre : 58 représentations
Première Preview : mardi 10 octobre 2006
Première : jeudi 19 octobre 2006
Dernière : jeudi 04 janvier 2007
Mise en scène : George C Wolfe
Chorégraphie : Hope Clarke
Producteur :
Avec : Tonya Pinkins {Caroline Thibodeaux), Greg Bernstein/Perry Millward/Jonny Weldon (Noah), Anna Francolini (Rose Gellman), Clive Rowe, Ian Lavender, Richard Henders, Hilton McRae Valda Avicks
Commentaires : This through-composed musical, combining spirituals, blues, Motown , classical music and Jewish Klezmer, began off-Broadway in November 2003, and received a Broadway production from May 2004 running for 126 performances. In spite of its very short run, it received six Tony Award nominations. The London production at the National Theatre did not achieve its hoped-for West End transfer, but it did win the Olivier Award for Best New Musical. (Tony Kushner was better known as the author of the AIDS play “Angels in America” )
Presse : NICOLAS DE JONGH for THE EVENING STANDARD says, "Caroline, Or Change turns out, therefore, to be a quaintly charming musical, beautifully acted...Unfortunately Kushner's almost non-stop lyrics, whose words too often become submerged by the 10-strong orchestra, are embarrassingly inept, banal and rambling." MICHAEL BILLINGTON for THE GUARDIAN says, "A remarkable musical...the real joy lies in finding a musical that combines compassion with social awareness." CHARLES SPENCER for THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "Amazing piece of music-theatre...Kushner's great achievement is to make the political personal in a work that combines great dramatic intensity with wild flights of fantasy and music of thrilling variety and strength...Tonya Pinkins is simply sensational in the title role" BENEDICT NIGHTINGALE for THE TIMES says, "Tesori’s score, which embraces Afro-American and Jewish music, rock and blues and gospel, does help to give the evening the size and significance it’s in danger of lacking." ALEKS SIERZ for THE STAGE says, "Enjoyable to watch and highly emotional." PAUL TAYLOR for THE INDEPENDENT says, "The staging by George C Wolfe is a pictorial joy. Caroline, or Change makes a delightful change from the usual no-brainer musical."

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Caroline, Or Change (2009-04-Guthrie Theatre-Minneapolis)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Guthrie Theatre (Minneapolis - Etats-Unis)
Durée : 1 mois 4 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : samedi 18 avril 2009
Première : vendredi 24 avril 2009
Dernière : dimanche 21 juin 2009
Mise en scène : Marcela Lorca
Chorégraphie : Marcela Lorca
Producteur :
Avec : Caroline Thibodeaux … Greta Oglesby
The Washing Machine … Jamecia Bennett
Radio … Felicia Boswell & Lynnea Doublette & Aurelia Williams
Noah Gellman … Noah Coon & Ryan McDowell Poehler
Bus/Dryer … T. Mychael Rambo
Grandma Gellman … Michelle Barber
Grandpa Gellman … Peter Thomson

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