Updated 6th March: Full casting has just been announced - joining Sharon D Clarke as Caroline Thibodeaux are Keisha Amponsa Banson (The Radio), Me'sha Bryan (The Washing Machine), Angela Caesar (The Moon), Alex Gaumond (Stuart Gellman), Nicola Hughes (Dotty Moffett), Teddy Kempner (Mr Stopnick), Beverley Klein (Grandma Gellman), Ako Mitchell (The Dryer/The Bus), Abiona Omonua (Emmie Thibodeaux), Gloria Onitiri (The Radio), Vincent Pirillo (Grandpa Gellman), Jennifer Saayeng (The Radio) and Lauren Ward (Rose Stopnick Gellman).
The fabulous powerhouse Sharon D Clarke, is to lead the company of the musical Caroline, Or Change at Chichester’s Minerva Theatre from 6th May-3rd June this year.
Written by Tony Kushner and composer Jeanine Tesori the musical offers a pot pourri of music including spirituals, blues, Motown, classical music, Jewish klezmer and folk. Clarke will play the title character, who works as a maid in Louisiana for the Gellman family . Set in 1963 with President Kennedy, with the Civil Rights movement and social change backdrops the show is about a woman who doesn’t like to compromise, in an era when change is happening very fast.
There was a production at the Lyttelton in October 2006, which ran in repertory with Marianne Elliot's production of Thérèse Raquin to January 2007. The production did not transfer to the West End but did win the Olivier Award for Best New Musical.
Michael Longhurst, who directed the production of Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus at the National, will direct Caroline,