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Broadway's 'Caroline or Change' & 'Birthday Candles' Will Now Open in the Fall

Roundabout Theatre Company has announced that the upcoming productions of the musical Caroline, or Change and the play Birthday Candles will be pushed back to the fall.

Both shows were going to open in the spring, but due to the Broadway shut down because of the current health crisis, neither show will be opening anytime soon.

Caroline, or Change is a revival of the beloved Jeanine Tesori-Tony Kushner musical starring the West End actress Sharon D. Clarke. Birthday Candles is a new Noah Haidle play starring Debra Messing. While both leading ladies are confirmed to continue with the productions, its not yet known if the rest of the casts will return.

“Our desire is to provide certainty and confidence to our artists, staff and audiences that we will come back from this hiatus with a full season,” said Roundabout Artistic Director/CEO Todd Haimes in a statement. “We are committed to the future of the theatre and its long-term sustainability in this crisis. Moving planned productions to dates certain in the fall protects the health and safety of everyone while ensuring employment for our staff and artists, creating clarity for our subscribers and donors, and providing a clear production timeline that allows everyone – on stage and off – to strategically plan to support the beautiful work coming to our stages in ’20-’21.”

'Caroline, or Change' Musical Is Heading Back to Broadway!

The acclaimed musical Caroline, or Change is heading back to Broadway in the spring for a highly anticipated revival!

Sharon D. Clarke will reprise her Olivier Award-winning performance as Caroline from the recent West End production of the musical, written by Jeanine Tesori and Tony Kushner.

The musical was originally produced on Broadway in 2004 and the show earned six Tony Award nominations and a win for Anika Noni Rose‘s performance.

Caroline, or Change follows an African-American maid whose world of 1963 Louisiana ripples with change both large and small. Preview performances for the musical will begin at the Roundabout Theatre Company’s Studio 54 on March 13, 2020. The official opening night is on April 7, 2020.