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Caroline, or Change
     

Caroline, or Change

by Tony Kushner
 

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“There are moments in the history of theatre when stagecraft takes a new turn. I like to think that this happened for the American musical last week, when Tony Kushner’s Caroline, or Change (at the Public), a collaboration with composer Jeanine Tesori and the director George C. Wolfe, bushwhacked a path beyond the narrative end of the

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“There are moments in the history of theatre when stagecraft takes a new turn. I like to think that this happened for the American musical last week, when Tony Kushner’s Caroline, or Change (at the Public), a collaboration with composer Jeanine Tesori and the director George C. Wolfe, bushwhacked a path beyond the narrative end of the deconstructed, overfreighted musicals of the past thirty years.”—John Lahr, The New Yorker

Louisiana, 1963: A nation reeling from the burgeoning Civil Rights Movement and the Kennedy assassination. Caroline, a black maid, and Noah, the son of the Jewish family she works for, struggle to find an identity for their friendship. Through their intimate story, this beautiful new musical portrays the changing rhythms of a nation. Tony Kushner and composer Jeanine Tesori have created a story that addresses contemporary questions of culture, community, race and class through the lens and musical pulse of the 1960s.

Tony Kushner is best known for the two-part masterwork, Angels in America, recently produced by HBO as a six-hour television event, directed by Mike Nichols to universal acclaim. His other plays include Homebody/Kabul, A Bright Room Called Day and Slavs!; as well as adaptations of Corneille’s The Illusion, Ansky’s The Dybbuk, Brecht’s The Good Person of Szechuan and Goethe’s Stella. Current projects include: Henry Box Brown or The Mirror of Slavery and St. Cecilia or The Power of Music. He recently collaborated with Maurice Sendak on an American version of the children’s opera, Brundibar. He grew up in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and he lives in New York.

Jeanine Tesori wrote the score for Thoroughly Modern Millie, which won the 2002 Tony and Drama Desk Awards for Best Musical and the multiple-award-winning Violet.

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“The first great piece of musical theater of the 21st century. Both musically and lyrically, this is every bit as smart as Sondheim and every bit as emotionally compelling as Rodgers and Hammerstein.” –Ed Siegel, Boston Globe

“An extraordinary new musical. Perhaps no one short of the author of Angels in America could pull this off. As when the angel crashes into Prior Walter’s bedroom, you feel that mixture of terror and rapture that arrives on those rare occasions in theater and in life when you genuinely don’t know what’s going to happen next.” –Frank Rich, New York Times

“Manna from heaven. Caroline is, like Angels in America, ultimately a celebration of human fortitude, of the vast resources of love and hope that allow people of all backgrounds and belief systems to transcend hatred and despair.” –Elysa Gardner, USA Today

“Groundbreaking, daring, beautiful and profoundly humane.” –Adam Feldman, Time Out New York

“Beautiful. A landmark, certainly one of the most significant musicals to reach the New York stage in recent years. It’s almost unheard of nowadays for musicals to get to the emotional core of anything. In Caroline, or Change, Kushner and Tesori give us heart aplenty.” –Peter Marks, Washington Post

“A high point in my theater-going experience. Simple and profound, ravishing and revolutionary.”- John Lahr, New Yorker

“A shining moment in American culture...Even by Kushner’s standards, the gentle masterpiece that is Caroline, or Change comes as a breathtaking surprise. Kushner and Tesori may not trip off the tongue like Rodgers and Hammerstein or Lerner and Loewe, but this team’s first joint effort is the stuff of genius. Timeless, devastating—a play like no other.” –Octavio Roca, Miami Herald

“Caroline demands your attention and a deep emotional investment. The rewards, however, are rich.” –Melissa Bernardo, Entertainment Weekly

“A towering and, I believe, historic musical. There is nothing quite like Caroline, or Change in the American musical-theater canon. Tony Kushner’s first musical…possesses the theatricality, rich language and fascinating tangle of ideas that we have come to expect from him.”- Damien Jacques, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

“Positively brilliant.” –Plain Dealer

“A show that really does have the power to change the cultural landscape.” –Matt Wolf, Guardian

“Miraculous. Let’s get it over with and call Caroline, or Change a masterpiece.” –Lawson Taitte, Dallas Morning News

“Uncompromising and profound, Caroline, or Change may well prove a turning point in musical theater history.” –Anne Marie Welsh, San Diego Union-Tribune

“When Caroline burns brightest, no other show surpasses its conviction, or the depths of its concerns: emotional, political and spiritual alike.” –Jeremy McCarter, New York Sun

“A thoughtful, gracefully crafted musical-drama that sincerely involves characters, not cartoons.” –Michael Sommers, Star-Ledger

“Unique and thrilling, funny and joyous, emotionally overwhelming. It’s Kushner at his best.” –David Cuthbert, Times-Picayune

“Intelligent and affecting—a blend of spunk, soul, rage and redemption that features some of Kushner’s most ingratiating writing.” –Eric Grode, broadway.com

“Creative, exciting and refreshingly original. Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori have written a full-fledged opera, and a remarkable one.” –Brooke Pierce, theatermania.com

“Kushner's libretto is artfully crafted, his ability to capture the nuances of his characters is unparalleled and in Caroline, Or Change he creates people who seem to have sprung fully formed from the pages of the script.” –broadwayworld.com

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781559366052
Publisher:
Theatre Communications Group
Publication date:
09/01/2004
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
128
File size:
659 KB

Meet the Author

Tony Kushner's plays include A Bright Room Called Day and Slavs!; as well as adaptations of Corneille's The Illusion, Ansky's The Dybbuk, Brecht's The Good Person of Szecguan and Goethe's Stella. Current projects include: Henry Box Brown or The Mirror of Slavery; and two musical plays: St. Cecilia or The Power of Music and Caroline or Change. His collaboration with Maurice Sendak on an American version of the children's opera, Brundibar, appeared in book form Fall 2003. Kushner grew up in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and he lives in New York. Jeanine Tesori wrote the score for Thoroughly Modern Millie, which won the 2002 Tony and Drama Desk Awards for Best Musical, and earned her a Tony and Grammy nomination. She also scored Nicholas Hytner's production of Twelfth Night at Lincoln Center Theater, for which she received a 1999 Drama Desk Award and her first Tony nomination. Ms. Tesori won wide acclaim for Violet, produced at Playwrights Horizons. Violet was named Best Musical by the NY Drama Critics Circle and the Lucille Lortel Awards, and Ms. Tesori received an Obie Award for her music. For films, Ms. Tesori has written songs for Mulan II and Lilo and Stitch II.

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