In small town Louisiana in 1963 in the immediate aftermath of the Kennedy assassination, Caroline Thibodeaux, a black maid to a southern Jewish family, is struggling to keep afloat both emotionally and economically, while Noah, the young son of her employer, tries to make sense of the world following the death of his mother. The small change Caroline finds in Noah’s pockets while doing the laundry makes a big difference to all concerned.
American Tonya Pinkins (pictured) recreates her acclaimed title performance, once again directed by George C Wolfe. The cast also features fellow American Nora Cole as well as Britons Clive Rowe, Anna Francolini, Valda Aviks, Ian Lavender, Hilton McRae, Malinda Parris, Nataylia Roni, Pippa Bennett-Warner and three rotating teams of children led (on press night) by Perry Millward as Noah.
Overnight critics were captivated by Pinkins’ central performance as the title character – as well as the supporting roles, most notably young Perry Millward - and enjoyed the range of music and themes featured in the musical, which some declared the best of this year’s abundant crop of the genre, deserving the top prizes come awards season.
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- by Caroline Ansdell