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Tantrum Theater: ”Caroline, or Change” – Matinee
July 22, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm$10 – $28
Book and Lyrics by Tony Kushner
Music by Jeanine Tesori
Presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
Direction and Choreography by Robert Barry Fleming
— “Change come fast and change come slow”
It’s 1963 in Louisiana, and for Caroline Thibodeaux the world is changing too fast. The president has just been shot and a fight for racial justice is sweeping the nation. Caroline, a black maid serving a Jewish household, desires only a good night’s rest and a decent life for her children. A melodious moon provides the commentary as her relationship with young Noah, the precocious son of her employers, becomes complicated by pocket change. With its moving rock, gospel, and klezmer score, this magical, Tony Award-nominated musical is a riveting statement addressed to a nation still gripped by inequality.
Caroline, or Change, written by Tony Kushner, the Pulitzer prize-winning author of ‘Angels in America,’ debuted on Broadway in 2004 and was nominated for six Tony Awards, including Best Musical. At the time, there was nothing else like it—a fully sung-through musical, there are no scenes without music. It is intimate and heartfelt in a world that is changing.
“The story looks back at the Civil Rights movement and the changes that swept our country in the early 1960s, changes that in many ways are just coming to a head today. In the volatile political climate of today, including the 2013 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that ended the Voting Rights Act of 1965, it is vitally important that Tantrum Theater return ‘Caroline, or Change’ to the stage and to the public conversation.” said Daniel Dennis, artist director of Tantrum Theater.
The Columbus Dispatch called it ”a powerful but challenging exploration of family, race and class in America.”