Caroline, or Change (Original Broadway Cast)

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Barnes & Noble - David Cohen
Caroline, or Change is a new musical drama set in Louisiana in 1963, during the civil rights movement and just before JFK’s assassination. This wrenching tale of an embittered 39-year-old black maid employed by a middle-class Jewish family, is concerned with big themes: poverty, racism, death, divorce, domestic violence, civil disobedience, and political militancy, among others. It’s also the most bracing dose of unadorned humanity to reach Broadway in years. Caroline’s highly pedigreed creators -- composer Jeanine Tesori (Thoroughly Modern Millie), lyricist and librettist Tony Kushner (Angels in America) and celebrated director George C. Wolfe –- do not shy away from ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Cohen
Caroline, or Change is a new musical drama set in Louisiana in 1963, during the civil rights movement and just before JFK’s assassination. This wrenching tale of an embittered 39-year-old black maid employed by a middle-class Jewish family, is concerned with big themes: poverty, racism, death, divorce, domestic violence, civil disobedience, and political militancy, among others. It’s also the most bracing dose of unadorned humanity to reach Broadway in years. Caroline’s highly pedigreed creators -- composer Jeanine Tesori (Thoroughly Modern Millie), lyricist and librettist Tony Kushner (Angels in America) and celebrated director George C. Wolfe –- do not shy away from the difficulties of their complex heroine but, rather, imbue her with real-life limitations, foibles, and prejudices. This superb two-disc recording invites listeners to relish every nuance of the terrific polyglot score and revel in Tonya Pinkins’s heartbreaking, Tony-nominated, performance as Caroline Thibodeaux, the housecleaner forced to suffer endless daily humiliations as she toils long hours in a steamy, airless basement. Profound, moving, and deeply unsettling, this stunning cast album is the perfect introduction to this very important new musical.
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
More of a pocket opera than a conventional musical, Caroline, or Change is the work of playwright Tony Kushner and composer Jeanine Tesori. The plot, which concerns a black maid in a Jewish home in Lake Charles, LA, in the fall of 1963 and her relationship with the family's eight-year-old son who absent-mindedly leaves change in his pockets, might more appropriately have been applied to a short story. But Kushner, who needed two separate, very long plays to encompass his Angels in America, doesn't write miniatures. So, the slight story is made to bear the burden of American race relations and the trauma of the Kennedy assassination. Tesori, who wrote the new songs for the stage production of Thoroughly Modern Millie, sets Kushner's lyrics and dialogue to familiar styles of the period. This is a show in which inanimate objects -- a radio, a washing machine, a dryer, a bus, the moon -- are all alive and singing, and Tesori gives them each a genre. The radio, for example, personified by a female trio, sings in early-'60s girl group style, sometimes recalling Motown Records acts like the Supremes or a Phil Spector creation like the Crystals "Santa Comin' Caroline," which begins the second act and the second disc, would fit on Spector's A Christmas Gift to You LP. The washing machine sounds like Aretha Franklin, while the devilish dryer is a blues singer in the mold of Bobby "Blue" Bland. Caroline herself, forcefully portrayed by Tonya Pinkins, sings in gospel tones as if channeling Mahalia Jackson. The Jewish family, on the other hand, with father Stuart David Costabile fingering the clarinet, is given klezmer music to sing to. Encompassing the entire sung-through show, the two-hour, two-CD cast album reflects the overblown nature of the stage production. There are many moments of lyrical wit and musical enjoyment, but Caroline, or Change is an enormous project built upon a small subject that cannot support its weight.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/29/2004
  • Label: Hollywood Records
  • UPC: 720616243621
  • Catalog Number: 162436

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 16 Feet Beneath the Sea (1:45)
  2. 2 The Radio (0:44)
  3. 3 Laundry Quintet (2:10)
  4. 4 Noah Down the Stairs (1:06)
  5. 5 The Cigarette (0:43)
  6. 6 Laundry Finish (1:36)
  7. 7 The Dryer (1:20)
  8. 8 I Got Four Kids (4:09)
  9. 9 Caroline, There's Extra Food (2:03)
  10. 10 There Is No God, Noah (1:11)
  11. 11 Rose Stopnick Can Cook (1:14)
  12. 12 Long Distance (2:35)
  13. 13 Dotty and Caroline (4:32)
  14. 14 Moon Change (0:50)
  15. 15 Moon Trio (1:45)
  16. 16 The Bus (3:23)
  17. 17 That Can't Be (0:41)
  18. 18 Noah and Rose (0:53)
  19. 19 Inside/Outside (1:29)
  20. 20 JFK (1:59)
  21. 21 Duets: No One Waitin' (2:55)
  22. 22 Duets: 'Night Mamma (0:44)
  23. 23 Duets: Gonna Pass Me a Law (2:14)
  24. 24 Duets: Noah Go to Sleep (1:58)
  25. 25 Noah Has a Problem (1:49)
  26. 26 Stuart and Noah (3:23)
  27. 27 Quarter in the Bleach Cup (1:43)
  28. 28 Caroline Takes My Money Home (1:03)
  29. 29 Roosevelt Petrucius Coleslaw (10:00)
  30. 30 Special Features
Disc 2
  1. 1 Santa Comin' Caroline (1:15)
  2. 2 Little Reward (0:57)
  3. 3 1943 (5:10)
  4. 4 Mr. Gellman's Shirt (1:32)
  5. 5 Ooh Child (0:32)
  6. 6 Rose Recovers (1:57)
  7. 7 I Saw Three Ships (1:34)
  8. 8 The Chanukah Party (5:29)
  9. 9 Dotty and Emmie (2:04)
  10. 10 I Don't Want My Child to Hear That (1:05)
  11. 11 Mr. Stopnick and Emmie (1:33)
  12. 12 Kitchen Fight (1:23)
  13. 13 A Twenty Dollar Bill and Why (2:22)
  14. 14 I Hate the Bus (1:41)
  15. 15 Moon, Emmie and Stuart Trio (3:11)
  16. 16 The Twenty Dollar Bill (2:26)
  17. 17 Caroline and Noah Fight (1:52)
  18. 18 Aftermath (5:50)
  19. 19 Sunday Morning (3:19)
  20. 20 Lot's Wife (5:14)
  21. 21 Salty Teardrops (2:33)
  22. 22 Why Does Our House Have a Basement? (2:24)
  23. 23 Underwater (2:22)
  24. 24 Epilogue (3:19)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tonya Pinkins Primary Artist, cast
David Mann Reeds
Marva Hicks cast
Steve Bargonetti Guitar
Larry Keith cast
Alice Playten cast
Linda Twine Conductor
Christopher Cardona Violin
Paul Woodiel Violin
Matthew Sklar Keyboards
Paul Garment Reeds
Capathia Jenkins cast
Tracy Nicole Chapman cast
Chuck Cooper cast
Aisha Dehaas cast
Anja Wood Cello
Ramona "Monét" Keller cast
Shane Shanahan Percussion
David Creswell Viola
Reathel Bean cast
Harrison Chad cast
Anika Noni Rose cast
Veanne Cox cast
John Clancy Percussion, Drums
David Costabile cast
Technical Credits
Joseph Joubert Orchestration
Linda Twine Music Direction
Bill Rosenfield Executive Producer
Mitchell Leib Executive Producer
Buryl Red Orchestration
Pat Sullivan Mastering
Patrick Pummill Engineer
Robert Schaper Engineer
Ricardo Hernández Scenic Design
Jonathon Weston Sound Design
Lynne Tillman Liner Notes
Glen Lajeski Executive Producer
Jeanine Tesori Composer, Producer
Rick Steiger Production Stage Manager
George C. Wolfe Director
Paul Tazewell Costume Design
Rick Bassett Orchestration
Jonathan Duckett Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    STUNNING!

    Definitely one of the best cast recordings out there yet. Tonya Pinkins is just Caroline. And Anika Noni Rose as Emmie is unbelievable. Her voice sounds like it has no limits. A must for anyone who enjoys good quality theatre.

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