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Caroline, or Change

From 56 member  reviews
Members say: Great singing, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Ambitious

About the show

This musical from Jeanine Tesori and Tony Kushner tells the story of a remarkable but uneasy friendship between a young Jewish boy and his family’s Black maid in 1963 Louisiana.  More…

Set in one of the most turbulent decades in America’s history, “Caroline, or Change” uses its score, which blends blues, gospel, and traditional Jewish melodies, to tell the story of a country on the brink of change.


Member Reviews (56)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great singing, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Ambitious
86
Avg Score

90
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Profound, Great writing, Great singing

See it if Perspectives on Jewish and black families who share Caroline as a common member. Deep characters & themes. Complex operatic music.

Don't see it if You would be uncomfortable sitting on a folding chair for 2+ hours, or travelling to Queens. You are uninterested in a serious musical.

Also The story has double meanings. The title refers to choices that have t... Read more Read less

86
Well sung, Historical, Quirky, Smart

See it if you'd like to see a sharp, spare production of an important, innovative musical of the early 21st century.

Don't see it if for you a musical requires a lush production.

Also “Caroline, or Change,” among the few most innovative musicals of the e... Read more Read less

83
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Relevant

See it if you enjoy musicals with a message this one powerful when first produced and continues today, with a very talented cast, quite well directed

Don't see it if you find the projection of some young cast members difficult to hear or you find it difficult to sit on a hard folding chair for 2+ hours.

92
Weak ending, Relevant, Strong performances, Complex themes, Fantastic singing

See it if deeply character driven pieces excite you. More opera than play set in the turbulent 1960's but relevant for today. Magnificent job!

Don't see it if you expect a typical Broadway musical. The theater is a half mile from the subway and the show starts at 8 so ends late.

79
Talented cast, Great singing, Dated kushner/tesori musical, Worth a trip to queens

See it if Sung through opera-like plot with tension between social class, race, and religion

Don't see it if Hard metal folding chairs in auditorium with no rise. You won't cross East River.

76
Intense, Great staging, Great singing

See it if You've never seen a production of it before. The trek to Queens is worth it. Great voices and talent. Great set design

Don't see it if You don't want to go to Queens, you can't sit on a hard folding chair for 2+ hours.

92
Ladonna burns is amazing, Great writing, Great singing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want an excellent production of an important play.Performances are sensational,especially LaDonnaBurns as Caroline.She gets every nuance

Don't see it if you want something splashy.This musical is about race,family, & dignity.It's very entertaining, but it's also moving & thought provoking

80
Enjoyable, Mostly equity cast, Great staging, My first time at this musical presented far above the expected in a community room

See it if You dont mind an easy 30 min trek on the N train from Mid-Manhattan. You want to see some young stars getting experience.

Don't see it if You dont want to sit on a folding chair in what looked like a gym. You dont want to take the train.

90
Spot-0n cast, Delightful, Ambitious, Absorbing, Do not miss this one

See it if I love this show. Saw it 3x at the Public, 3x on Broadway. This production did not disappoint! Well written, multilayered, historical.

Don't see it if This is a serious, weighty, jewel of a play. If you want a happy, mindless, jukebox experience, do not go.

88
Resonant, Slow, Great singing, Delightful, Ambitious

See it if You like shows that examine race and religion. You want to hear some great belt-it-out solos by some talented singers.

Don't see it if The story is pretty sparse at times. It's more about setting a scene than doing much with it.

87
Confusing, Slow, Profound, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if This is such a strange little show. It's part Brecht, part The Help, part proto-Fun Home. But it all adds up to something great. The talent

Don't see it if in this production is stunning. It's definitely worth the trip out to Queens to catch this rarely performed gem of a show.

78
Beautifully staged, Thought-provoking, Great singing

See it if Kushner and Tesori appeal in a sung through story about complex family and racial relationships, Not your usual musical fare.

Don't see it if you are looking for a traditional musical with gold lame and happy smiling chorus girls

88
Relevant, Great writing, Great staging, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if You like a good historical lesson, that's not TOO preachy, with great singing, acting, and staging, with adorable kids. I liked that it was

Don't see it if In a "Boys & Girls Club" too, giving Broadway 🎭 caliber performance to a community space. My only critique is some diction issues.

85
Relevant, Great singing, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if You love a show with a heart and message, you love the music and are OK seeing amateurs (who could put some Broadway folks to shame).

Don't see it if Are adverse to race talk or if you have hearing difficulties — the acoustics in this auditorium could cause problems.

Also What a fantastic production. Continue to be impressed with the caliber... Read more Read less

90
Dated, Great singing, Thought-provoking, Profound, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy good musicals with large casts on an interesting set

Don't see it if you're not interested in stories exploring racial/religious differences

84
Intelligent, Masterful, Resonant, Absorbing

See it if Moving from beginning to end.

Don't see it if If the topic of racial segregation is difficult to hear.

79
Entertaining, Slow, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great singing

See it if you want to a sing through musical about race and poverty in Louisiana in 1963. Great singing by the performers.

Don't see it if you don’t like community theatre productions or don’t want to sit in an uncomfortable fold up chairs for over 2 hours.

74
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Ambitious

See it if you're a fan of the show... especially if you've never seen a production of it...you're interested in discovering new NY talent

Don't see it if you're expecting Bway polish... or to be comfortable... the seating is uncomfortable and sightlines nearly impossible if you're not close

80
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if you like musicals that explore darker subjects like loss, poverty and civil rights

Don't see it if you want something light, or you have trouble hearing or aren't able to sit on a folding chair for 2.5 hours.

Also The talent in this show is top-notch, with stand out performances from... Read more Read less

91
Absorbing, Great singing, Must see, Resonant, Ambitious

See it if A soaring, opera-like epic with more relevant than ever social themes. Beautifully designed with electrifying performances.Unique,thrilling

Don't see it if you're expecting a conventional musical. Demands concentration for the complex words and leisurely unfolding enormous scale of the narative

88
Ambitious, Dated, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting

See it if You want to be surprised how good an off-off-broadway production can be; strong cast, esp. the female leads and the boy; impressive 1st show

Don't see it if You dont wanna sit on cold chair for 2.5 hrs; the sound effect is mediocre (long echo); Kushner’s book is a bit outdated..

80
Resonant, Relevant, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy musicals with content.

Don't see it if you’re expecting a fluffy time.

88
Resonant, Ambitious, Intelligent

See it if you want to see an excellent off-off Broadway cast in a good show with social issues that still ring true.

Don't see it if you need a traditional theater setting or have a hard time hearing, you do not like sung through musicals that are not about catchy tunes.

88
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Must see, Absorbing

See it if you love good story telling. Good acting. Singing. and wonderful musical theater.

Don't see it if don't like thought provoking theater.

85
Thought-provoking, Totally professional, Great staging, Great singing

See it if dramatic musicals can move you.

Don't see it if music with mostly voice over underscoring doesn't appeal to you.

Also This was the first time we went to APAC in Queens. It was a wonderful ... Read more Read less


May 6th, 2019
“APAC's ‘Caroline, or Change’ is a welcome reminder of this unique musical...Directed by Bondarin, APAC’s ‘Caroline, or Change’ doesn’t have to reach far to connect to current events in 2019. The topicality is clear, and may even resonate more with audiences now than it did in 2003...It was ahead...
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May 13th, 2019
"Jeanine Tesori's soulful yet playful score, matched to Tony Kushner's perfectly crafted lyrics, bring a deep power and resonance to Caroline's story...Since 'Caroline, or Change' is a musical that deserves more attention, it's heartening to see it performed with such finesse by a regional theatr...
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May 10th, 2019
"The plot of this almost entirely sung-through musical is fairly simple, but the themes explored—in typical Kushner fashion—are endlessly grand...Bondarin does a fine job staging this intimate piece...Burns sings the vocally challenging score with great aplomb, boasting both the confidence and th...
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May 11th, 2019
"'Caroline' is not an easy show to do. It requires a first-class cast and a director with a sure hand. In the APAC production, it has both, along with a small but excellent band and solid production values...Bondarin goes to the heart of a show, understands it on all levels, and honors the work b...
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