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Astoria Performing Arts Center Announces Cast and Creative Team Of CAROLINE, OR CHANGE


Award-winning and critically-acclaimed Astoria Performing Arts Center (APAC - Jesse Marchese, Executive Director; Dev Bondarin, Artistic Director) continues its 18th mainstage season with a production of the Tony-nominated musical Caroline, or Change by Tony Kushner (Book & Lyrics) and Jeanine Tesori (Music), directed by APAC artistic director, Dev Bondarin (New York Innovative Theatre Award nominee for Best Director for APAC's 2017 production of Raisin). Caroline, or Change runs from May 2 - 25, 2019 at the Broccoli Theater at the Variety Boys & Girls Club of Queens, 21-12 30th Road (at 21st Street), Astoria, NY 11102.

Set in one of the most turbulent decades in America's history, the Tony-nominated Caroline, or Change tells the riveting story of a remarkable but uneasy friendship between a young Jewish boy and his family's Black maid in 1963 Louisiana. The virtuosic score by Jeanine Tesori (Fun Home), which blends blues, gospel and traditional Jewish melodies, creates a breathtaking tapestry for Tony Kushner's (Angels in America) provocative and deeply moving libretto, which tells the story of a country on the brink of change.

The cast of Caroline, or Change will feature Amanda Bailey*, LaDonna Burns*, Milanis Clark, Sabatino Cruz, Marcie Henderson*, Greg Horton*, Scott Mendelsohn, Sharaé Moultrie, Nave' Murray, Tony Perry*, Nattalyee Randall*, Joël René*, Lauren Singerman*, Gordon Stanley*, and Navida Stein*.

The Caroline, or Change creative team includes: Dev Bondarin (Director), Minhui Lee (Music Director), Kemar Jewel (Choreographer), Christopher Swader & Justin Swader (Scenic & Prop Designers), Marissa Menezes (Costume Designer), Danielle Verkennes (Lighting Designer), Kimberly S. O'Loughlin (Sound Designer), Margaret Baughman (Production Stage Manager), and Jessi Blue Gormezano (Casting Director).

*Equity member appearing with permission of Actors' Equity Association without benefit of an Equity contract in this Off-Off Broadway production. Equity approved Showcase.

Caroline, or Change originally opened Off-Broadway at The Public Theater in a production directed by George C. Wolfe in November 2003. It transferred to Broadway in May 2004 with Tonya Pinkins in the title role. The show was critically acclaimed and earned six Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical, and a win for Anika Noni Rose for Best Featured Actress in a Musical.

Caroline, or Change runs from May 2 - 25, 2019 at the Broccoli Theater at the Variety Boys & Girls Club of Queens, 21-12 30th Road (at 21st Street), Astoria, NY 11102. Performances are Thursdays and Fridays at 8pm, and Saturdays at 2pm and 8pm.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for students and senior citizens, and are now available online at Tickets may also be purchased at the theater, one hour prior to each performance.

APAC's production of Caroline, or Change is supported, in part, by a generous grant from the Marta Heflin Foundation. The production is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; as well as the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council and Council Member Costa Constantinides.

Caroline, or Change is presented through special arrangement with Musical Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

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