BROADWAY MUSICAL SOUL DOCTOR RETURNS OFF-BROADWAY
PREVIEWS STARTED NOVEMBER 28, 2014
OPENED SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2014
FINAL PERFORMANCE – January 25, 2015
ACTORS TEMPLE THEATRE
(339 W 47TH STREET)
The producers of the new Broadway musical Soul Doctor, the musical about the guitar-strumming, folksong-composing rabbi, Shlomo Carlebach, and his unlikely friendship with Nina Simone, that had a brief Broadway run at Circle in the Square in 2013, will return in an off-Broadway production at the Actors Temple Theater with previews began November 28, 2014 and opened, Sunday, December 14. This production is produced by Jeremy Chess.
The show uses adaptations of Carlebach’s music and has a book by Daniel S. Wise and new lyrics by David Schechter and offers a sweeping overview of the rabbi’s life with particular attention to his long relationship with the jazz singer, Nina Simone. He fled the Nazis as a teenager, moved to New York, started congregations in San Francisco and Israel and died in 1994.
Soul Doctor is an exhilarating musical journey through the triumphs and tribulations of a cultural phenomenon. It tells the fascinating story of the father of popular Jewish music, Shlomo Carlebach. A modern-day troubadour, Shlomo ignited the spirit of millions around the world with his soul-stirring melodies, transformative story-telling and boundless love. After his escape from Nazi Germany, the young Rabbi befriended the legendary jazz singer, Nina Simone, who introduced him to soul and gospel music. With the “High Priestess of Soul” as his inspiration, Shlomo created a joyous new sound with melodies that fused his roots with American popular music. With his meteoric rise as a “Rock Star Rabbi” he struggled to harmonize his traditional beliefs with the “free love” generation of the 1960s. Today, his uplifting music and message help to define America’s most defiant era.
Following a successful Off-Broadway run in 2012 , and a sold-out engagement in Fort Lauderdale, FL, Soul Doctor began previews at Broadway’s Circle in the Square Theatre on July 17 and had its official opening on Thursday, August 15, 2013. The first international production of Soul Doctor, performed in Yiddish and presented by the Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre, is currently running at the Segal Centre for the Performing Arts in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Soul Doctor has music by Shlomo Carlebach, book by Daniel S. Wise, lyrics by David Schechter.
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