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Roundabout announces CAROLINE, OR CHANGE starring Sharon D Clarke on Broadway
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Roundabout Theatre Company

Announces A New Broadway Production!

CAROLINE, OR CHANGE
Starring
2019 Olivier Award Winner SHARON D CLARKE

Book & Lyrics by Tony & Pulitzer Prize Winner TONY KUSHNER
Music by Tony Award Winner JEANINE TESORI
Directed by MICHAEL LONGHURST

Performances begin March 13, 2020
Opening night is April 7, 2020
At Studio 54 on Broadway


Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director/CEO) is pleased to announce a new Broadway production of Tony Kushner & Jeanine Tesori's Tony Award nominated and Olivier Award winning musical Caroline, or Change starring 2019 Olivier Award winner Sharon D Clarke reprising her role as "Caroline" from the acclaimed West End production.

Caroline, or Change features a book & lyrics by Tony Kushner, music by Jeanine Tesori, direction by Michael Longhurst and choreography by Ann Yee.

Caroline, or Change will begin performances on March 13, 2020 and open on April 7, 2020 at Studio 54 on Broadway (254 West 54th Street).

Direct from a smash-hit run on London's West End, this new production of Tony Kushner (Angels in America) and Jeanine Tesori's (Fun Home) explosive musical launches to "the titanic dimensions of greatness" (Ben Brantley, The New York Times). The "incandescent" (Holly Williams, Time Out London) Sharon D Clarke stars in an exhilarating, Olivier Award-winning performance as Caroline, an African-American maid whose world of 1963 Louisiana ripples with change both large and small. Erupting with transcendent songs and larger-than-life imagination, Caroline, or Change explores how, in times of great transformation, even the simplest acts shake the earth.
The Caroline, or Change creative team will include Fly Davis (Set & Costume design), Jack Knowles (Lights), Paul Arditti (Sound), Nigel Lilley (Music Supervision), Chris Fenwick (Music Direction).

Additional cast members will be announced soon.

This production is produced in association with Ambassador Theatre Group, Benjamin Lowy Productions, Gavin Kalin Productions, Glass Half Full Productions and Nine Stories Productions.



Roundabout welcomes back composer Jeanine Tesori following the Sutton Foster led revival of her musical Violet in 2014 and Michael Longhurst, Artistic Director of London's renowned Donmar Warehouse, who directed Jake Gyllenhaal in Nick Payne's If There Is I Haven't Found it Yet in 2012.

Caroline, Or Change, directed by Michael Longhurst, starring Sharon D. Clarke, premiered at the Chichester Festival Theatre in June 2017.

BIOS:

SHARON D CLARKE (Caroline). Sharon D Clarke is a British theatre and television actress and singer. In 2017, she was awarded an M.B.E in The Queen's New Years' Honours List for Services to Drama. Her theatre work includes: Blues in the Night (Kiln Theatre), Death of a Salesman (Young Vic), Caroline, or Change (Olivier Award, Chichester Festival Theatre, Hampstead Theatre, Playhouse Theatre), The Life (Southwark Playhouse), Sleeping Beauty, Vagina Monologues, Sleeping Beauty, Mother Goose, Puss in Boots & Cinderella (Hackney Empire), Pigs and Dogs (Royal Court Theatre), Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (Best Revival Olivier Award), An Oak Tree, Everyman, Amen Corner (Olivier Award), Guys and Dolls (National Theatre), Romeo & Juliet (Rose Theatre Kingston), Porgy & Bess (Regent's Park Open Air), Ghost, Hairspray, Vagina Monologues, Chicago, We Will Rock You, Disney's The Lion King, Fame, Rent and Mama I Want to Sing (West End). She is most popularly known for her role in the BBC medical drama Holby City in which she played Dr. Lola Griffin and received The Screen Nation Award for Best Female Performance on TV. Her other television work includes Informer, Doctor Who, The Forge, Unforgotten, Death in Paradise, New Tricks, Psychobitches and The Shadow Line; and for film, Untitled Girls Film, Rocketman, Past Caring, Tau, Sugarhouse, Secret Society, Beautiful People, Broken Glass and Tumble Down. She has appeared as guest artist with the BBC Concert Orchestra broadcast on BBC Radio many times, on the Ian Fleming James Bond tribute and Celebration of Laughter with Ken Dodd both at The Palladium London and with her choir 'Hackney Empire Community Choir' at The Royal Festival Hall as part of the WOW (Women of The World) Festival. As a vocalist, Sharon has also achieved chart success with the FPI Project's remake of Going Back to My Roots, Happiness with Serious Rope and as Nomad with the singles (I Wanna Give You) Devotion and Just a Groove. She was part of the female vocal group Sixchix, formed for the Eurovision Song Contest 2000. Her latest solo show "Gotta Sing My Song" with West End musical director Mark Dickman, premiered at St James Theatre, and has gone on to The Pheasantry, The Hideaway, The Orange Tree, Hampstead Theatre and The Hippodrome.


MICHAEL LONGHURST (Director). Michael is the Artistic Director of the Donmar Warehouse. He trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts after studying Philosophy at Nottingham University. Theatre includes: Europe (Donmar Warehouse); The Son (Kiln / Duke of York's); Caroline, or Change (Chichester Festival Theatre / Hampstead Theatre / The Playhouse); Amadeus, The World of Extreme Happiness (National Theatre); Belleville (Donmar Warehouse); Bad Jews (Theatre Royal Bath / St James Theatre / Arts Theatre / Theatre Royal Haymarket / UK tour); Constellations (Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, Broadway / West End / Royal Court / UK Tour); Gloria, The Blackest Black (Hampstead Theatre); They Drink It in the Congo, Carmen Disruption (Almeida Theatre); The Winter's Tale, 'Tis Pity She's a Whore (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare's Globe); Linda, The Art of Dying, Remembrance Day (Royal Court); Stovepipe (National Theatre / HighTide Festival / Bush Theatre); A Number (Nuffield Southampton Theatres / Young Vic); Dealer's Choice (Royal & Derngate Theatre); Cannibals (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester); The History Boys (Sheffield Crucible); If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet (Roundabout Theatre, Off-Broadway, New York); Midnight Your Time (HighTide Festival / Assembly Rooms); On the Record, Gaudeamus (Arcola Theatre); It's About Time (Latitude Festival Theatre Arena); 66 Books, On the Beach (Bush Theatre); Dirty Butterfly (Young Vic); Guardians (Pleasance Theatre, Edinburgh / Theatre 503); Doctor Faustus (Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham). Constellations received the Evening Standard Award for Best Play 2012 as well as Olivier, Drama Desk and Tony nominations. Michael received the Jerwood Directors Award.


TONY KUSHNER (Book & Lyrics). Tony Kushner's plays include Angels In America: A Gay Fantasia On National Themes; Homebody/Kabul; and The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide To Capitalism And Socialism With A Key To The Scriptures. His first play, A Bright Room Called Day, will be returning to the Public Theater this fall, and his adaptation of Friedrich Dürrenmatt's The Visit will open this winter at the National Theater in London. He wrote the screenplay for Mike Nichols's film version of Angels In America, and the screenplays for Steven Spielberg's films Munich, Lincoln and West Side Story, opening late 2020. Among other honors, in 2012 he was awarded a National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama. He lives in Manhattan with his husband, Mark Harris.


JEANINE TESORI (Music). Jeanine Tesori has written a diverse catalog for Broadway, Opera, film and television. Her Broadway musicals include: Fun Home (2015 Tony Award Winner, Pulitzer finalist); Violet; Caroline, or Change; Shrek the Musical; Thoroughly Modern Millie; Twelfth Night (LCT); John Guare's A Free Man of Color. Delacorte: Mother Courage (starring Meryl Streep), and most recently Soft Power (CTG, The Curran). She has received five Tony nominations, three Obie Awards and three Drama Desk Awards. The hallmarks of her work have been described as "close-to-the-surface emotion, structural rigor and rhythmic drive". Her operas include: The Lion, the Unicorn and Me; Blizzard on Marblehead Neck (MET/LCT Opera/Theater and Glimmerglass Opera commission); and her upcoming collaboration with Tazewell Thompson, Blue was commissioned for Glimmerglass Opera company and will premiere there next season. She wrote the musical featured in the 2016 revival of "Gilmore Girls" and has also written special material for artists such as The Girl in 14G for Kristin Chenoweth and has been featured in documentaries Show Business and Theater of War. Jeanine Tesori became the founding Artistic Director of a new concert series at New York City Center called Encores! Off-Center for which she has helmed seasons joined by artists such as Stephen Sondheim, Lin Manuel-Miranda, Randy Newman, William Finn, Alan Menken, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Sutton Foster and Jonathan Groff. After producing four seasons of Off-Center concerts, she took one of those concerts, Sunday in the Park with George (starring Jake Gyllenhaal) to Broadway where she produced the 2017 revival, with ATG and Riva Marker. She was the recording producer for Sunday as well as the Original Cast Recordings of Violet; Caroline, or Change; Shrek; Twelfth Night; etc. A lecturer in music at Yale and on faculty at Columbia University, Tesori has spoken and taught at universities and programs all over the country. She is the founding Creative Director of the non-profit A BroaderWay, an arts empowerment program for young women. She was given the Einhorn Mentorship Award by Primary Stages for her exceptional work with young artists. Her daughter, Siena Rafter, is a junior at Brown University.

TICKET INFORMATION:
Tickets for Caroline, or Change are first made available to subscribers and donors. Whether you are interested in the best value or VIP experiences, Roundabout has a package option for you. Visit roundabouttheatre.org or call 212-719-1300 for more info. Sign up for Roundabout's email club at roundabouttheatre.org to be notified when tickets go on sale to the public.


Caroline, or Change benefits from Roundabout's Musical Theatre Production Fund with lead gifts from the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, Michael Kors and Lance Le Pere, Diane and Tom Tuft, and Cynthia C. Wainwright and Stephen Berger.

Roundabout Theatre Company celebrates the power of theatre by spotlighting classics from the past, cultivating new works of the present, and educating minds for the future. A not-for-profit company, Roundabout fulfills that mission by producing familiar and lesser-known plays and musicals; discovering and supporting talented playwrights; reducing the barriers that can inhibit theatergoing; collaborating with a diverse team of artists; building educational experiences; and archiving over five decades of production history.

Roundabout Theatre Company presents a variety of plays, musicals and new works on its five stages: Broadway's American Airlines Theatre, Studio 54 and Stephen Sondheim Theatre, and Off-Broadway's Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, which houses the Laura Pels Theatre and Black Box Theatre.

American Airlines is the official airline of Roundabout Theatre Company. Roundabout productions are supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Roundabout's 2019-2020 Broadway season includes The Rose Tattoo, by Tennessee Williams, starring Marisa Tomei, directed by Trip Cullman; A Soldier's Play by Charles Fuller, starring David Alan Grier and Blair Underwood, directed by Kenny Leon; Birthday Candles, by Noah Haidle, starring Debra Messing, directed by Vivienne Benesch; Caroline, or Change, by Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori, starring Sharon D Clarke, directed by Michael Longhurst.

In 2019-2020, Roundabout will also present five new works Off-Broadway, including: Scotland, PA a new musical by Michael Mitnick and Adam Gwon, directed by Lonny Price; 72 Miles to Go... by Hilary Bettis, directed by Jo Bonney; ...what the end will be by Jiréh Breon Holder, directed by Margot Bordelon; Darling Grenadine, book, music & lyrics by Daniel Zaitchik, directed and choregraphed by Michael Berresse; and Exception to the Rule by Dave Harris, directed by Miranda Haymon.


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