A musical fuelled largely by anger, ‘Caroline, or Change’ split the New York critics when it was first shown on Broadway. This week sees its opening at the National Theatre. A musical set in a time of tumultuous social and political change in the United States in 1963, the heroine is located at a moment in her life when she has to either sink or swim - when the familiar things in her world are giving way all around her. Tonya Pinkins, repeating her Broadway performance as the Caroline of the title, plays the black maid to a Southern Jewish family.
She talks to Ritula about the challenges of the role and the parallels of her own life with Caroline’s.
Caroline, Or Change at the Lyttleton Theatre at the National. Opens 19th October though to the 4th January. Nationaltheatre.org.uk/caroline 0207-452-3000
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