May 2, 2004
Caroline, or Change
Composer:Jeanine Tesori
Librettist:Tony Kushner
Synopsis
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.

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Approximate Runtime (hh:mm)
02:45

Number of Acts
2

Musical Style
Semi-improvisational; some jazz and pop influences

Vocal & Musical Forces
6 principal roles, boy soprano, several smaller roles; chorus: 40. Orchestra: Chamber orchestra (approximately 25 players), jazz/rock combo (6-8 players)

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


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