June, 7-23, 2019 JTP's Main Stage season musical finale: CAROLINE, OR CHANGE by Jeanine Tesori and Tony Kushner.
Set in 1963 Louisiana, a provocative story of political change, social change... and pocket change.
Umstead Park United Church of Christ, 8208 Brownleigh Drive, Raleigh 27617
Featuring a virtuosic score by Jeanine Tesori (Shrek The Musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie), it blends blues, gospel and traditional Jewish melodies. In 1963, the Gellman family and their African-American maid, Caroline, live in sleepy Lake Charles, Louisiana. Caroline is drifting through life as a single mother of four working in a service job to a white family. A fragile, yet beautiful friendship develops between the young Gellman son, Noah, and Caroline. A sung-through musical, CAROLINE OR CHANGE offers multiple layers of political, social, and feminist themes. Equally representing the voices. The big issues of the day play out in the domestic, female-oriented space of the home. The musical examines the intersection of gender, race, religion, and class, presenting women within the larger context of history and faith.