It’s official: “Caroline, or Change” will make the big transfer to Broadway.
The new musical by Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori opens May 2 at the Eugene O’Neill Theater, with previews beginning on or about April 13.
“Caroline” opened in November at the Public Theater, where its story of a black maid and her young white charge received mixed-to-downbeat reviews from the daily Gotham critics. However, in the following days, the tuner gained such high-profile supporters as Frank Rich in the Sunday New York Times and John Lahr in the New Yorker.
Somewhere amid the critical controversy, HBO took an interest in the project, which coincided with its airing of Kushner’s “Angels in America.” Although HBO is not new to Broadway, its previous producing credits have been limited to one-person shows starring Robert Klein, Robin Williams and Jerry Seinfeld.
At present, Carole Shorenstein Hays and Jujamcyn Theaters are listed as the show’s producers. A representative for “Caroline” would not confirm or deny any others, but said the final roster would be released next week.
Approximately 13 producers are expected on the project — which is not a record. The 2002 revival of “The Crucible” listed two dozen.
Hays and Freddy DeMann ponied up enhancement money for the Public Theater’s production of “Caroline,” giving them first crack at the commercial rights. They had the same arrangement on last season’s “Take Me Out,” which they transferred to Broadway.
As of last week, other producer names being bandied about as part of the “Caroline” project included Margo Lion (“Hairspray”), Scott Rudin (“The Goat”) and Daryl Roth and Roger Berlind (“Anna in the Tropics”).