Due to popular demand, the stunning award-winning musical Caroline, Or Change

Posted by | September 5, 2019 | Show Reviews

Caroline, Or Change Season Extended After Opening to Rave Reviews

Due to popular demand, the stunning award-winning musical Caroline, Or Change has been extended by an additional week. Featuring a spectacular cast and helmed by a stellar creative team, this Hayes Theatre Co production has captivated audiences and received rave reviews.  Directed by four time Helpmann Award winner Mitchell Butel, this uplifting and profound musical by Tony Kushner (Angels in America) and Jeanine Tesori (Fun Home, Violet) will now play at the Hayes until 28 September with tickets available at hayestheatre.com.au.

★★★★ “It’s an extraordinary experience…thank the musical theatre gods for Elenoa Rokobaro, who plays the part with astonishing grace. She is grounded and achingly earthy. Her voice is a dream – rich and nuanced – and her performance is finely, thoughtfully built. It’s rare, heart-stopping work” – Time Out Sydney

★★★★ ” Mitchell Butel directs a thoughtful, eloquent production… Rokobaro is incredible as Caroline, giving a performance to be remembered for years to come…the musical itself is a breath of fresh air with an inventive structure that keeps you wondering what will happen next” – Limelight

★★★★ “… Caroline, or Change is as different from any musical you’ve ever seen…Rokobaro’s arching voice punches your sternum into your chest as she brings ferocious commitment to the role. Her dry-eyed pain is countered by Yeates’ Noah, who lights up the stage with almost every line. Hack, too, is superb as the stepmother– Sydney Morning Herald

Nkechi Anele… is another standout and a real find, with a powerful voice and depth of emotion. Butel… stages the drama on Simon Greer’s gorgeous split-level set, masterfully lit by a real master in Alexander Berlage. From backstage, musical director Lucy Berminghamachieves a lushness with her five-piece of cello, reeds, guitar, bass and percussion.” – Daily Review

“…the show’s highly polished look and sound proves seductive, and along with some truly outstanding performances, we are kept absolutely enthralled.” – Suzy Goes See

1963, Louisiana. The president is dead and America is on the verge of one of the greatest social movements of the 20th Century. The Gellman’s maid Caroline, a single mother of four, shares a special bond with eight-year old Noah, who is heartbroken after the death of his mother and his father’s remarriage. Sneaking down to the basement laundry to spend time with Caroline and a range of fantastical, anthropomorphic characters, Noah will find his relationship with Caroline tested by an attempt to put more money into Caroline’s pocket, devised by his stepmother, Rose.

Loosely based on Kushner’s own memories of growing up in Louisiana, Caroline, or Change features a stunning score by Jeanine Tesori, combining spirituals, blues, Motown, classical, and Jewish klezmer and folk music.

In the title role of Caroline Thibodeaux, the Gellman family’s maid, is Elenoa Rokobaro. Fresh from entertaining audiences in smash hit The Book of Mormon, Elenoa returns to the Hayes Theatre Co. where she stunned audiences in Violetand Side Showand is creating similar waves in this show. In the roles of Noah’s father Stuart Gellman and new stepmother Rose Stopnick Gellman are Andrew Cutcliffe (Darlinghurst Nights, The Dismissal) and Amy Hack (American Psycho). Making the switch from radio presenting on Triple J’s Roots ‘n All to musical theatre is Nkechi Anele who plays the role of Emmie ThibodeauxCaroline’s teenage daughter. Acclaimed screen and stage actor Tony Llewellyn Jones (She Loves Me) returns to the Hayes to play Rose’s father Mr Stopnick, while Helpmann Award Winner Genevieve Lemon (Billy Elliot) plays Grandma Gellman. Playing Caroline’s friends and companions are The Voice’s Ruva Ngwenya (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical), Emily Havea (Grounded), together with Elijah Williams (The Rolling Stone) and Alexandra Fricot (Spring Awakening).

Mitchell is one of Australia’s most prolific and versatile acting and directing talents and was recently appointed Artistic Director of the State Theatre Company of South Australia. He is one of therecipients of the 2019 Artist Led Initiative, supported by Frederic Marguerre and Rodrigo Martino, which began last year with the critically-acclaimed She Loves MeJoining Butel in the creative team is musical director Lucy Bermingham (In The Heights, Violet), Yvette Lee (American Psycho), set designer Simon Greer (Violet), costume designer Melanie Liertz (Antigone) and lighting designer Alexander Berlage (American Psycho).

Tickets for CAROLINE, OR CHANGE are available now at hayestheatre.com.au or by calling the Hayes Theatre Co box office during business hours on (02) 8065 7337.

SEASON DETAILS

Venue:                  Hayes Theatre Co, 19 Greenknowe Avenue, Potts Point

Season:                 Until 28 September 2019

Times:                   Mon 6.30pm | Tues – Sat 7.30pm | Wed 1.00pm | Sat 2.00pm

Price:                     $60-$75, concessions $55-65

Bookings:             hayestheatre.com.au | (02) 8065 7337

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