CAROLINE, OR CHANGE
Book and Lyrics by Tony Kushner / Score by Jeanine Tesori
Moonbox Productions’ season continues in the spring, April 20 th to May 11 th , at the Boston Center for the Arts Wimberly Theatre with an all new production of the Tony and Olivier Award winning musical, Caroline, or Change, by Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori. Produced by Sharman Altshuler, directed by Allison Olivia Choat and Assistant Directed by Arthur Gomez with Music Direction by Dan Rodriguez, Caroline, or Change promises stunning visuals, unforgettable music and a story to warm your heart.
The place is Lake Charles, Louisiana and the year is 1963. Caroline Thibodeaux, an African-American single mother of four, works as a maid for the wealthy Jewish Gellman family. Her company is the hum of the washer, the croon of the radio, the heat of the dryer, and occasionally, 8-year-old Noah Gellman, a motherless boy who, unable to connect with either his eager-to-please stepmother, Rose, or his distant and grieving father, Stuart, idolizes Caroline. Noah’s stepmother Rose decides that any change Noah leaves in his pants pockets can be taken by Caroline when she does the laundry. In response, Noah quietly deposits quarters in the bleach cup, hoping to somehow become a part of Caroline’s life. Soon Noah and Caroline’s friendship is tested to its limits as cultural and social barriers come crashing down between them. Caroline, or Change is a breathtaking musical that combines spirituals, blues, Motown, classical music, and klezmer and folk music. It is a story that touches hearts and open minds.