Caroline, or Change (Broadway)
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Caroline, or Change (Broadway)

Caroline, or Change (Broadway) NYC Reviews and Tickets

(399 Reviews)
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Great singing, Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant

Blues, gospel, motown, and Jewish folk music intertwine in this Tony-nominated musical.

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1085 Reviews | 265 Followers
Great staging, Fluffy, Great singing, Cliched, Banal

See it if If you like a Tony kusher show. Confusing at times good singing and staged well. Musicians are very good.

Don't see it if If you want a musical that has good lyrics.

913 Reviews | 929 Followers
Must see, Great writing, Great staging, Great singing, Delightful

See it if Fantastic show with beautiful score and spectacular voices. Moving story with whimsical storytelling. Really great staging.

Don't see it if You don't care for sang-through shows.

888 Reviews | 1017 Followers
Relevant, Moving, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if Best show I've seen since the reopening. Powerhouse vocals & performances from Clark and cast. Well written and engaging story.

Don't see it if You want a big splashy musical with dance numbers.

1015 Reviews | 420 Followers
Relevant, Great singing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if You want to see a surprisingly relevant show that doesn’t feel at all like a revival, or a traditional musical. Eccentric (in a good way).

Don't see it if You don’t like shows that color outside the lines. The music feels odd, the set disjointed. Some parts just don’t make sense. Till they do. Read more

891 Reviews | 259 Followers
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing, Great singing

See it if you like entertainment with a message. Here a hard working cast with great staging take you to earlier decades with laughter & lots 2 ponder

Don't see it if you seek a happy, sing-a-long musical - here the lyrics are delivering serious messages about society and the treatment of others.

715 Reviews | 108 Followers
Great acting, Ambitious, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you want serious issues like racial prejudice and wonderful scenes between mother and daughter. Funny characters such as Washing Machine.

Don't see it if You don't like racial issues. I was disturbed by well to do family being Jewish. It should have just been a white family. Read more

650 Reviews | 284 Followers
Innovative sung-thru musical w brilliant cast re implicit racism in 1960s, revival even more resonant in light of black lives matter (blm) mvt

See it if witty diverse Tesori score; objects in Caroline/maid's life (washer-dryer etc) hilariously personified; SD Clarke riveting as lead

Don't see it if painful to watch, no catharsis: grim story, mirthless/unappealing lead: blk maid in despair Read more

635 Reviews | 237 Followers
Resonant, Relevant, Great singing, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if You’d love an under-appreciated, impactful, significant piece in the American musical theatre canon.

Don't see it if You prefer musical comedy over drama, or want something big and flashy. This is powerful, but small.

Critic Reviews (13)

The New York Times
October 27th, 2021

"NYTImes Critic's Pick! The wonder is that it is never less than thrilling to experience. This being a musical, the music is part of that; Tesori’s wondrous score is like the search function on a car radio, picking up snippets of every genre on the dial...Clarke, who won an Olivier award for her performance in the British production, adds hers. She makes of the maid an almost Shakespearean figure; even at the depths of the character’s despair."
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The Hollywood Reporter
October 27th, 2021

"The same text by librettist and lyricist Tony Kushner, which had seemed so stiffly fragmented in that earlier production, finds a fluid cohesion here that makes not only Caroline’s solitude, but the isolation of almost everyone around her profoundly affecting...Anyone who has missed the overwhelming emotional power of a great Broadway musical in the past 19 months should look no further."
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October 27th, 2021

"All of these story elements spun together wrestle with issues that are still urgent today. As one memorable lyric in the show states, there is “no underground in Louisiana.” But on the surface in New York City, there is an important musical revival on Broadway that is deeply meaningful, crucial to experience and definitely a necessary change."
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October 27th, 2021

"Directed by Michael Longhurst with intensity and sensitivity, and performed by a cast that seems to have made a pact to sustain itself at the towering heights achieved early and unfailingly by its mighty star Sharon D Clarke, this Caroline, Or Change is a hurricane wind unleashed on decrepit legacies and newfound cautions."
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New York Theatre Guide
October 27th, 2021

"Some performances tell an entire story unto themselves. Sharon D Clarke delivers one such stunning star turn in this revival of Caroline, or Change, propelled onto Broadway by her acclaim in its previous London run. With an earth- and rafter-trembling embodiment of the title character, Clarke animates a curious — and at times troubling — musical with undeniable life."
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New York Post
October 28th, 2021

"Clarke is strong in a role that’s damn tough...Of course, Kushner and Tesori’s show has always been a pompous slip of a thing that’s rather high on itself. There are no melodies to speak of, and the whole score sounds like a wind chime."
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Lighting & Sound America
November 4th, 2021

Caroline, or Change has often been acclaimed -- for its powerful central characterization and for a score that melds the blues, klezmer, soul, and '60s pop sounds to powerful effect -- but it is a singular, indeed eccentric, piece that is not for all tastes. See it for Clarke; who knows when she will come our way again?
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New York Stage Review
October 27th, 2021

"Sharon D Clarke doesn’t quite take the stage of Studio 54, mind you. She is cemented to it...Clarke—who has thus far been a remarkable, intensely controlled presence—breaks through with a searing intensity most welcome after the recent series of societal upheavals. Some of which, mind you, are especially relevant to the theme and content of Caroline, or Change."
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