Long Island City | 2h 20m | Ends May 25

Caroline, or Change

From 5 critic and 45 member reviews
Members say: Great singing, Absorbing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, 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.

Show Showdown

"'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 by presenting it in its best light. I saw 'Caroline, or Change' both Off-Broadway and on, and thanks to Bondarin and everyone else involved, this production is every bit as amazing." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

“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 of its time. And with such a difficult piece, Bondarin nails it...Burns’ great leading performance is well matched by the entire cast...APAC's production is a gem.” Full Review

Stage Buddy

"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 theatre company--and that APAC performs this nuanced work with such finesse is a testament to the power of their storytelling." Full Review

BOAST: Best of Astoria

“’Caroline, or change’ has arguably more social relevance today than ever before....The actors and director do a beautiful job of portraying a country on the edge of major change and conflict. We can only wonder what these rich characters would have to say about the recent events sweeping this country. With so many salient issues and engrossing story, this show provides a distinctive look back at the last 60 years of change…or not?” Full Review

Stage Left

"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 the technical skill needed to anchor the show...While the trimmings are simple and the vocal performances vary in quality, the strength of the story still radiates." Full Review

Exquisite, Must see, Profound, Great writing, Great singing

See it if You already like or wish you had seen Caroline, or Change; you enjoy brilliant musicals; you're a fan of Jeanine Tesori and Tony Kushner

Don't see it if You don't like serious musicals; you're looking for light and fluffy

Also Easy to get to via N or W train

Relevant, Intelligent, Great singing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You know and love the show or if you've never seen it - and you really should.

Don't see it if You prefer jukebox musicals or just light and fluffy shows.

Also The level of the direction and the performances of the actors and the ... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Funny, Great staging, Great writing, Great singing

See it if you would like a funny, heart-warming story by Tony Kushner (Angels in America) and sung so beautifully by a very talented cast.

Don't see it if you can't get to Astoria by May 25th. If you missed the Broadway production, see it now!

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.

Ambitious, Intelligent, Must see

See it if have never seen a production of the show before. It is worth the trip to Queens. I was very moved. The cast is terrific.

Don't see it if are looking for light entertainment. Don't want to be challenged to think. It's Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori so it's not for dummies.

Also APAC always does a great job but this production is special. There is ... Read more Read less

Great singing, Must see, Delightful, Dated, Funny

See it if Kushner, great singing, off off broadway, racial themes, Jewish religion, contrast, poverty, very cute children actors

Don't see it if Metal chairs, poor sound stage/resonance, small productions.

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

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

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

Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You like sung through musicals about family life in a different era with fantastic talent.

Don't see it if You are hard of hearing. There are no microphones in the venue and some vocals were hard to hear.

Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if you enjoy and/or wish to experience modern, sung-through musical theater addressing race, class, and activism topics.

Don't see it if you want a comedy, something fluffy, or traditional musical theater, you don't want to be made to think.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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..

Resonant, Intense, Great singing

See it if you are looking for masterful performances in an off-broadway venue

Don't see it if you want a show to have a true "ending" or want something that is modern/current

Riveting, Profound, Intelligent, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if you like musicals, like terrific, heart-felt singing and a moving story that still resonates.

Don't see it if you hate sung-through musicals, dislike autobiographical family stories and don't like themes of blacks and whites in 1960's Louisiana.

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.

Relevant, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You want to see a traditional staging of a fun modern musical with a winning cast.

Don't see it if You can't get to Queens, or are looking for re-interpretation. This feels like a scaled-down version of the Bway original.

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

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

Entertaining, Intelligent, Great acting, Great singing, Dated

See it if Strong singing, well acted, see it if you're a Kushner fan.

Don't see it if You don't like sung through musicals, or cerebral lyrics, or metal chairs.

Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great singing, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if you like thought provoking musicals. This may not be a Broadway caliber production but it is a highly enjoyable show

Don't see it if you don't like period musicals or ones where there is very little dialogue

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.

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