January 21 - February 12, 2012

Produced in association with Obsidian Theatre Company.

Caroline, an African American maid to a Southern Jewish family, is struggling to keep afloat both emotionally and economically, while the young son of her employer tries to make sense of the world following the death of his mother. A Tony, Olivier, Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel and Obie award-wining musical—and the only musical of the 21st century on New York Magazine’s shortlist for “The Greatest Musical of All-Time”—Caroline, or Change mixes fact and fantasy, symbolism and reality, plus a wide palette of musical styles to tell the story of ordinary people facing extraordinary change.

Awards & Recognition

  • Toronto Theatre Critics’ Award (2012): Best Musical
  • Toronto Theatre Critics’ Award (2012): Best Actress in a Musical, Arlene Duncan
  • Toronto Theatre Critics’ Award (2012): Best Supporting Actress in a Musical, Deborah Hay
  • 4 Dora Awards: Outstanding Musical Production, Outstanding Female (Arlene Duncan), Outstanding Male (Sterling Jarvis), Outstanding Musical Direction (Reza Jacobs)


This event is part of TD’s Then and Now series, an inspiring and entertaining cultural showcase of one of Canada’s prominent communities. The lineup of events includes films, concerts, exhibitions, and performances by a host of Canadian and international artists. Visit www.td.com/thenandnow for more information.

Production Sponsor

TD Canada Trust

Leading Lights

Don & Shirley Green



Directed by

Robert McQueen

Music Direction by

Reza Jacobs

Choreographed by

Tim French


Arlene Duncan, Neema Bickersteth, Jewelle Blackman, Deborah Hay, Alana Hibbert, Sterling Jarvis, Kaya Joubert Johnson, Londa Larmond, Michael Levinson, Cameron MacDuffee,Mary Pitt, Nicholas Rice, Derrick Roberts, Sabryn Rock, Shawn Wright

Set Design

Michael Gianfrancesco

Lighting Design

Kimberly Purtell

Costume Design

Alex Amini

Sound Design

Peter McBoyle

Stage Manager

Erin Fitzgerald

Apprentice Stage Manager

Paul Beauchamp

Production Manager

Matthew Byrne

Assistant Director

Aadin Church

Assistant Musical Director

Beau Dixon



The best production Acting Up Stage has produced! Arlene Duncan delivers, hands down, one of the finest musical theatre performances ever seen in this city.

— The Toronto Star

*** 1/2 (out of 4). A sharp-as-a-tack Canadian premiere.

— The Globe and Mail

***** (out of 5). If you’re one of those who like theatre that risks much and wins big, Caroline, or Change is a must-see.

— The Toronto Sun

NNNNN (out of 5). First-class. Come prepared to think and feel deeply.


The most exciting, the most moving, simply the most. A triumphant joint production.

— National Post

It is this year’s must-see.

— The Charlebois Post

This Canadian Premiere production of Caroline, or Change is first rate!

— AM 740

****1/2 (out of 5). A big, bold, belting delight.

— Torontoist

A powerful work that shifts the boundaries of what a musical can be.

— Stage Door

A superb production featuring a phenomenally talented cast.

— Mooney On Theatre

The first great piece of musical theater of the 21st century.

— Boston Globe

A high point in my theatre-going experience. Simple and profound, ravishing and revolutionary.

— New Yorker

A monumental achievement in musical theatre.

— New York Observer

Manna from heaven.

— USA Today

An extraordinary new musical.

— The New York Times

Miraculous. Let’s get it over with and call Caroline, or Change a masterpiece.

— Dallas Morning News

A turning point in musical-theater history.

— San Diego Union-Tribune

Groundbreaking, daring, beautifully and profoundly humane.

— Time Out New York

A show that really does have the power to change the cultural landscape.

— Guardian