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Toronto: The Musical Stage Company and Obsidian Theatre present “Caroline, or Change” January 30-February 15

Monday, January 13, 2020

The Musical Stage Company and Obsidian Theatre will proudly lift the curtain on a special co-production of the multi-award winning musical CAROLINE, OR CHANGE, starring Canada’s beloved Queen of RNB, Jully Black and featuring international opera star Measha Brueggergosman on stage at the historic Winter Garden Theatre as part of official TD Black History Month programming.  We are hoping you and a guest can join us on this auspicious occasion to share in this important and exciting evening at the theatre.

 With book and lyrics by Pulitzer Prize-winner Tony Kushner (ANGELS IN AMERICA) and music by Tony Award-winner and Pulitzer Prize-finalist Jeanine Tesori (FUN HOME), CAROLINE, OR CHANGE is one of the most celebrated musicals of the 21st century. THE ONLY MUSICAL OF THE 21STCENTURY ON NEW YORK MAGAZINE’S SHORTLIST FOR “GREATEST MUSICAL OF ALL-TIME”, CAROLINE, OR CHANGE is a TONY, OLIVIER, DRAMA DESK, LUCILLE LORTEL, OBIE & DORA AWARD-WINNER.  The Musical Stage Company first produced the musical in 2012 – a sold-out production which won four Dora Awards including Outstanding Production of a Musical and three Toronto Theatre Critics’ Awards including Best Musical.  

 The 2020 production reunites many members of the original 2012 creative team led by director Robert McQueen and music director Reza Jacobs, and will star multiple Juno Award, Black in hermusical theatre debut as Caroline – widely acknowledged as one of the most powerful female roles in the musical theatre canon. Joining Black and Brueggergosman on stage are Canadian theatre veterans Damien Atkins, Oliver Dennis, Keisha T. Fraser, Deborah Hay, Alana Hibbert, Linda Kash, Stewart Adam McKensy, Sam Rosenthal, Vanessa Sears, Camille Eanga-Selenge andSamantha Walkes.  

 CAROLINE, OR CHANGE tells the story of Caroline, a black maid working for a Jewish family in 1963 Louisiana. A single mother of four, her salary of $30 a week is not enough. When her employer suggests that Caroline keeps the pocket change she finds in the laundry, this small act of racial condescension creates a moral dilemma for Caroline emblematic of the social and economic tensions set to erupt in the world outside their home.  Set against the tumultuous backdrop of the Kennedy assassination and the Civil Rights Movement, Kushner and Tesori use fantasy and reality to tell a story about ordinary people facing extraordinary change. With a musical score that blends blues, soul, gospel, classical and traditional Jewish melodies, CAROLINE, OR CHANGE is a timely story of change for our socially-conscious world. 

 CAROLINE, OR CHANGE will be on stage for a limited 16-performance engagement beginning January 30 to February 15, 2020, coinciding with Black History Month.

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