Caroline, or Change
Composer: Jeanine Tesori
Librettist: Tony Kushner
Other Artistic Personnel: Linda Twine, Conductor; Ricardo Hernandez, Set Designer; Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer, Lighting Designers; Paul Tazwell, Costume Designer; Rick Bassett, Joseph Joubert, and Buryl Red, orchestration; Hope Clarke, Choreographer
Original Cast: Tonya Pinkins as Caroline, Anika Noni Rose as Emmie Thibodeaux, Harrison Chad as Noah Gellman, Chandra Wilson as Dotty Moffett; David Costabile as Stuart (Noah's father), Veanne Cox as Rose, Alice Playton and Reathel Bean as Grandma and Grandpa Gellman, Leon G. Thomas III as Jackie, Marcus Carl Franklin as Joe
Premiere Date: May 02, 2004
Producing Company: Eugene O'Neill Theatre
Description: Caroline, an African-American woman working for a Jewish family in Louisiana, is adored by their eight-year-old son, Adam. But a misunderstanding over money left in his pocket becomes the springboard for a penetrating exploration of themes relating to race relations, poverty, generational conflict, redemption, forgiveness, and hope.
Reviews: Simon Saltzman, TheatreScene.net, 05/18/2004
Length: 02:45
Total Acts: 2
Chorus: Chorus (40 singers)
Orchestration: Chamber orchestra (approximately 25 players), jazz/rock combo (6-8 players)
Musical Style: Semi-improvisational; some jazz and pop influences
Contact: Kip Cranna, Musical Administrator, San Francisco Opera
Address: 301 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102
E-mail Address: kcranna@sfopera.com
Phone: 415-565-6412
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