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Caroline, or Change

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ALEXANDER BELLO, JOHN CARIANI, ARICA JACKSON, TAMIKA LAWRENCE,
CAISSIE LEVY, HARPER MILES, JONAH MUSSOLINO, NYA,
CHINUA PAYNE, NASIA THOMAS, STUART ZAGNIT, CHIP ZIEN

Book & Lyrics by Tony & Pulitzer Prize Winner TONY KUSHNER
Music by Tony Award Winner JEANINE TESORI
Choreographed by ANN YEE
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 the cast joining Olivier Award winner Sharon D Clarke in the new Broadway production of Tony Kushner & Jeanine Tesori’s Tony Award nominated and Olivier Award winning musical Caroline, or Change.

The cast will also include Alexander Bello (Joe Thibodeaux), John Cariani (Stuart Gellman), Arica Jackson (Washing Machine), Tamika Lawrence (Dotty Moffett), Caissie Levy (Rose Stopnick Gellman), Harper Miles (Radio 3), Jonah Mussolino (Noah Gellman), Nya (Radio 2), Chinua Payne (Jackie Thibodeaux), Nasia Thomas (Radio 1), Stuart Zagnit (Grandpa Gellman), Chip Zien (Mr. Stopnick).

Additional casting to be announced soon.

Caroline, or Change features a Book & Lyrics by Tony Kushner, Music by Jeanine Tesori, Direction by Michael Longhurst, Choreography by Ann Yee, Musical Supervision by Nigel Lilley and Musical Direction by Chris Fenwick.

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 includes Fly Davis (Set & Costume design), Jack Knowles (Lights), Paul Arditti (Sound).

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.

Major support for Caroline, or Change provided by Roundabout’s Musical Production Fund partner, Andrew Martin Weber.

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

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.

ALEXANDER BELLO (Joe Thibodeaux). Broadway: The Rose Tattoo, All My Sons. Off-Off-Broadway: A Real Boy (59E59 Theaters). Television: John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch (Netflix). Alexander began performing in youth theater at the age of four and made his professional acting debut at the age of eight. In addition to singing, dancing and acting Alexander plays piano, draws and is a voracious reader. He is thrilled to be making his Broadway musical debut in Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori’s transformative work. Thanks to Michael Longhurst, Jim Carnahan, Roundabout Theatre and John Mara, Jr. for this tremendous opportunity!

JOHN CARIANI (Stuart Gellman) is an actor and a playwright. He recently appeared on Broadway as Itzik in the Tony Award-winning musical, The Band’s Visit. Other Broadway credits include Nigel Bottom in Something Rotten! (Outer Critics Circle nomination), and Fiddler on the Roof (Outer Critics Circle Award; Tony Award nomination). On film, he has shared the screen with Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, and Ed Asner. On television, he’s probably best known for his recurring roles on Law & Order, Numb3rs, and The Onion News Network. As a playwright, John is best known for his first play, Almost, Maine, which premiered at Portland Stage Company in 2004, opened Off-Broadway in 2006, and has since become one of the most popular plays in the United States and around the world, having been translated into over a dozen languages. Other plays include Last Gas and LOVE/SICK, both of which have had several professional productions across the country and around the world. Originally from Presque Isle, Maine, John is a graduate of Amherst College and now lives in New York City.

ARICA JACKSON (Washing Machine) recently appeared in the Broadway production of Waitress. Other credits include Head over Heels (Broadway) and Waitress (tour). She is incredibly grateful to be telling this story and working with this incredible team. CMU Drama 2017. Special Thanks: TPG and her family. Instagram: @aaygirl1947

TAMIKA LAWRENCE (Dotty Moffett). Two-time Grammy-winning Artist. Broadway: Gettin’ The Band Back Together, Come From Away, Dear Evan Hansen (Virtual Cast), Beautiful, If/Then, Matilda, The Book of Mormon. Off-Broadway: Hercules (The Public Theater) Rent, The Tempest (The Public Theater). Television: “Modern Love,” “The Last OG,” “The Wiz Live!,” “Vinyl” (HBO), “Show Me a Hero” (HBO), “Blue Bloods,” “Law & Order: SVU.” Movies: The Greatest Showman, White Girl, Breakable You. Instagram @iamtamikalawrence. For Monte.

CAISSIE LEVY (Rose Stopnick Gellman) is currently starring in her sixth Broadway show, originating the role of Elsa in Disney’s Frozen. She recreated the iconic role of Fantine in the Broadway revival of Les Misérables, and is known to Broadway and West End audiences for originating the roles of Sheila in the Tony Award winning revival of Hair, and Molly in Ghost, alongside Sharon D. Clark. Other Broadway credits include Wicked (also LA); Hairspray (also 1st national tour & Toronto); Rent (national tour). Off Broadway: First Daughter’s Suite (The Public Theater); Murder Ballad (MTC). Extensive recording, voiceover, solo concert & symphony work. caissielevy.com @CaissieLevy

HARPER MILES (Radio 3) is filled with joy and gratitude to be making her Broadway debut with this company. She was last seen on tour in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (Lucille). Other favorite credits include Memphis (u/s Felicia); Rocky Horror Picture Show (Magenta) and Sister Act (Tina). Special thanks and abundant love to God, her parents who are always encouraging, her rep Baker Management and her day 1’s! Luke 1:37 With God nothing is impossible. Instagram @harpermiles

JONAH MUSSOLINO (Noah Gellman) is extremely excited to star in this amazing production. Jonah lives in Brooklyn NY with his family and attends a performing arts middle school. He’s in the sixth grade and his favorite subjects are Social Studies, ELA and Math. Jonah first performed on Broadway as Young C in A Bronx Tale and is also well known for playing Gavroche in the North American Tour of Les Miserables and Jason in the National Tour of Falsettos. He just finished filming a Netflix special, John Mulaney and the Sack Lunch Bunch. When not in school Jonah hones his craft by working with his acting and singing coaches along with his Ballroom, Hip Hop, Tap and Ballet dance teachers. Recently he’s taken an interest in writing songs and directing short plays/films. Some of his spare time is spent with his sister Talia eating Pizza, playing video games and giving lots of love to dogs Prada and D’ior. Thank you to mom, dad, Talia, Mema, family, friends, Amelia DeMayo, Charlotte Arnoux, Acting Out, Jim Carnahan Casting, Bill Perlman, Darci Price, Barry Kolker. Instagram @jonah.mussolino,

NYA (Radio 2) is blessed to be making her Broadway debut with Caroline, or Change. “To be young, to be gifted, to be black, and unrestricted” IG: @nyatrysha

CHINUA PAYNE (Jackie Thibodeaux) is excited to return to Broadway! His credits include, Theater: Young Simba, The Lion King on Broadway; Travis Younger, RAISIN, (APAC). Film/TV: Little America (Apple TV), Nick at Nite promos, Luke Cage (Netflix), Saturday Night Live (NBC). Commercials: Buick (groceries), McDonald’s McCafe (my neighborhood) and several modeling and voiceover covers. Follow him on Facebook or Instagram. Agents, Victoria Kress and Jamie Pillet at Abrams Artist Agency. Chinua would like to thank his immediate and extended family for their support and creating his strong foundation.

NASIA THOMAS (Radio 1) was recently seen as Mama Rose / Flo Ballard / Tammi Terrell in Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations on Broadway. Broadway: Little Eva in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. National Tour: Beautiful. Regional: Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations (Berkeley Rep, Kennedy Center, Center Theatre Group, Mirvish- Toronto), Beauty and the Beast (TUTS), Hairspray, (MUNY). BFA MT Elon ‘15, The Governors School for the Arts ‘11. DGRW. Thankful to her parents for the endless sacrifices, and all the people who helped mold her into who she is today. Instagram: @nasiathomas.

STUART ZAGNIT (Grandpa Gellman). Broadway: Newsies, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Seussical, The Wild Party, The People In The Picture, Those Were The Days (also original cast recordings). Off-Broadway: The original Little Shop Of Horrors, All In The Timing, Lucky Stiff, Kuni-Leml, The Grand Tour, Signs Of Life. National Tours: The Wizard In Wicked, Grinch, Crazy For You, Into The Woods, Tintypes, Applause. Regional: Tevye in Fiddler On The Roof at Syracuse Stage, Max in The Producers at the John Engeman Theater, Sound Of Music at Sacramento Music Circus, Enter Laughing at Berkshire Theatre Festival, Curtains at Pittsburgh CLO; TV: “The Blacklist,” “Bull,” “Instinct,” “Jessica Jones,” “The Good Wife,” “Elementary,” “Blue Bloods,” “30 Rock” and five “Law & Order”s; “Small Miracles” (Web series). Film: According to Greta, Jingle Hell. Stuart is the original voice of Pokemon’s “Professor Oak.”

CHIP ZIEN (Mr. Stopnick) created the central role of the Baker in Sondheim/Lapine’s award-winning Into the Woods (L.A. Drama-Logue Award, Outer Critics nomination) and also created the role of Mendel in William Finn’s highly acclaimed Falsettos. Most recently he was seen on B’way in It Shoulda Been You, preceded by The Big Knife directed by Douglas Hughes, The Roundabout’s The People in the Picture, The Country Girl directed by Mike Nichols ‘and as Thenardier in the revival of Les Miserables. He appeared in Tommy Tune’s Grand Hotel playing Otto Kringelein, the memorable dancing bookkeeper. Other Broadway credits include, The Boys from Syracus, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, All Over Town directed by Dustin Hoffman, The Suicide with Derek Jacobi. Mr. Zien began his long association with William Finn in the New York premiere of In Trousers, the first Marvin musical, at Playwrights Horizons playing Marvin and appeared thereafter in the original productions of March of the Falsettos and Falsettoland. Mr. Zien also starred in the La Jolla reworking of Merrily We Roll Along (L.A. Drama-Logue Award). Off-Broadway, Mr. Zien has been equally comfortable in plays and musicals. Among his many credits: Nathan Englander’s The 27th Man and the Delacorte’s revival of Into the Woods for the Public Theater. As well as Glenn Merzer’s Anonymous, Peter Parnell’s An Imaginary Life, Wendy Wasserstein’s Isn’t It Romantic (Drama Desk Nomination), Michael Weller’s Split and Moonchildren, Lanford Wilson’s Hot L Baltimore (both in NY and LA’s Mark Taper Forum), Allan Ginsburg’s Kaddish, as well as Finn’s A New Brain (Drama Desk Nomination), Diamonds, the Ashman/Menken Real Life Funnies, and the hit revue Tuscaloosa’s Calling Me, etc. On TV, Mr. Zien appears this season on “House of Cards.” He received excellent notices for his recurring role on HBO’s “The Night Of.” He has been a series regular on “The Caroline Rhea Show,” “Almost Perfect,” (CBS), “Now and Again” (CBS), “Deadline”(NBC), “Shell Game” (CBS), “Love, Sidney” (NBC), and “Reggie” (ABC). He has guested through the years on many popular shows, among them “Bull,” “Mozart in the Jungle,” “Chicago PD,” “The Good WIfe,” “Ugly Petty,” Lipstick Jungle,” “Rescue Me,” “CSI,” “Law and Order,” “Cheers,” “The Bob Newhart Show,” “Thirty-Something,” “Judging Amy,” “Cosby,” “The Cagney and Lacey Movies,” “Chips,” “Son of the Beach,” “Madigan Men,” and “Wings,” as well as numerous pilots. His film career has been varied. He played the Chief Executive to the President of the United States in The Siege. and was the voice of the infamous Howard the Duck. Also: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Undead, United 93, Snake Eyes, Breakfast of Champions, Dorothy Parker and the Vicious Circle, Grace Quigley with Katherine Hepburn, So Fine, Hello Again, House of God and The Rose. Mr. Zien has also turned his attention to writing. His musical, The History of War was selected and presented at The New York Musical Theater Festival (NYMF). His one-man show Death in Ashtabula and a musical revue Travels with My Discontent showcasing the music of Deborah Abramson were both developed and performed at The Barrington Stage. Additionally, Mr. Zien has performed his solo cabaret and concert act at 54 Below and his CD, Seriously Upbeat, recorded live, is available on the web. Mr. Zien attended the University of Pennsylvania. His wife, Susan Pilarre, is a former soloist with the NYC Ballet and currently teaches at the School of American Ballet. They are the proud parents of two wonderful daughters and three grandchildren.

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 available by calling 212.719.1300, online at roundabouttheatre.org, in person at a Roundabout box office; or by visiting StubHub, the Premier Secondary Ticketing Partner of Roundabout. Ticket prices range from $59-$169. For groups of 10 or more please call 212-719-9393 x 365 or email groupsales@roundabouttheatre.org

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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 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 2020, Roundabout presents new works Off-Broadway, including: 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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