West End transfer for Sharon D Clarke in sell-out Caroline Or Change

The sensational Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori musical, Caroline Or Change, is heading to the West End this Christmas after sell-out runs at both Chichester and Hampstead.

Hailed as a virtuoso performance Sharon D. Clarke will reprise the title role of Caroline Thibodeaux when it moves to London’s Playhouse Theatre.

Directed by Michael Longhurst, this five-star production received phenomenal critical praise when it opened at Chichester Festival Theatre last year (read Stage Review’s ★★★★★ verdict of Chichester debut HERE) and, again, following its transfer to Hampstead Theatre, where it is currently sold-out until April 21.

Louisiana, 1963. Revolution is in the air, though not so much for Caroline, the poorly paid maid toiling endlessly in the sweltering basement of the Gellman household.

It’s a fantastical, magical, place amid the piles of laundry and singing washing machines, especially for eight-year-old Noah Gellman who sneaks downstairs to see her whenever he can.

Yet a simple gesture to leave more money in Caroline’s pocket is about to test who and how far the winds of change can ever really reach…

Winner of the 2007 Olivier Award for Best New Musical, Caroline, Or Change is a playful, funny, and deeply moving portrait of America at a time of momentous social upheaval, set to an uplifting and profound score of soul, blues, classical and traditional Jewish folk music.

Partly inspired by his own boyhood, the book and lyrics are by Tony Kushner, author of the ground-breaking Angels in America.

Kushner’s film credits includes the screenplay of Fences, starring and directed by Denzel Washington, Lincoln, Munich (which he co-wrote for Steven Spielberg) and the forthcoming remake of West Side Story, also for Spielberg.

Music is by Jeanine Tesori who wrote the music for the Broadway, West End and inernational touring Shrek The Musical plus 11 new songs for the stage adaptation of Thoroughly Modern Millie.

Olivier Award-winner Sharon D. Clarke is has enjoyed a long stage career with credits including Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and The Amen Corner (National Theatre), Ghost The Musical (Piccadilly Theatre), The Life (Southwark Playhouse), Porgy and Bess (Regents Park Open Air Theatre), Hairspray (Shaftesbury Theatre) and We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre).

On TV, Clarke is known for playing Lola Griffin in BBC’s Holby City.

Caroline Or Change will play at the Playhouse Theatre from November 20 to February 9

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