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New Stage Collective presents Kushner musical

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The “change” in “Caroline, or Change” could refer to the vast social changes taking place in America’s racial landscape during the 1960s, or it could just be the coins that Caroline finds in the laundry.

“Caroline is a divorced single mother who started working as a maid in this Jewish household even though it was a job she didn’t really want,” said Taylore Mahogany Scott, who portrays the title character in New Stage Collective’s regional premiere of the Tony Kushner musical.

When the mother of the family dies, Caroline becomes the primary caretaker of 8-year-old Noah.

“She’s not the kind of nanny we normally think of,” Scott said. “She’s never really nice to him, but she’s not mean either. He watches her do her work in the basement and is kind of a nuisance sometime, but they have a kind of unspoken friendship.”

Kushner, best known as the Pulitzer Prize winning author of “Angels in America, wrote the lyrics for a fully-sung socre by Jeanine Tesori (“Thoroughly Modern Millie,” “Violet”), which blends rhythm and blues, Motown, gospel, klezmer and traditional Jewish melodies.

“It’s a story about struggle, and something will resonate with everyone,” Scott said. “Everyone has to work and have a livelihood, so the question is whether Caroline is going to give in to the struggle that is trying to close in on her, or is she going to muscle her way through the days.”

 

  • WHAT: “Caroline, or Change” by Tony Kushner with music by Jeanine Tesori
  • WHERE: New Stage Collective, 1140 Main St., Cincinnati
  • WHEN: Oct. 25-Nov. 18
  • COST: $20 general; $16 seniors, $12 students
  • MORE INFO: (513) 621-3700; www.newstagecollective.com



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