BACK ON STAGE: Sharon D. Clarke
STAGE AND TV star, Sharon D. Clarke is set to play the title role of Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori’s musical, Caroline, Or Change, directed by Michael Longhurst and playing at Chichester Festival Theatre’s Minerva Theatre from May 6 to June 3.
This Olivier Award-winning musical mixes blues, soul, Motown, classical music and Jewish folk songs to create a beautiful, uplifting and deeply moving portrait of America at a time of momentous social upheaval spurred by the civil rights movement.
The Broadway production was re-staged at the National Theatre in 2006 – and this will be the first new UK production.
The year is 1963. Lake Charles, Louisiana. Caroline Thibodeaux is an African-American maid earning 30 dollars a week working for the Jewish Gellman family. She is 39, a single parent and the mother of four children.
Eight-year-old Noah Gellman visits Caroline in the basement as she works doing the washing and ironing. But when the boy begins leaving loose change in his laundry, his stepmother Rose devises a deterrent with revealing and far-reaching consequences.
Clarke makes her Chichester debut in the title role.
Equally renowned as a singer and actor, her Olivier Award-winning stage and screen work encompasses Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and The Amen Corner at the National Theatre, Ghost The Musical and We Will Rock You in the West End, and Holby City on TV.
Caroline, Or Change will be designed by Fly Davis, with choreography by Ann Yee, musical direction by Nigel Lilley, lighting by Jack Knowles and sound by Paul Arditti.
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