AuthorsMusic SHLOMO CARLEBACH & NINA SIMONE
Lyrics DAVID SCHECHTER
Book DANIEL S. WISE
DescriptionThis musical tells the powerful story of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, who transformed the face of Judaism with his music and progressive approach to spreading the word. The story follows Carlebach from his childhood in Nazi-occupied Vienna to his education in a traditional Orthodox yeshiva to finding his own voice and founding a youth-oriented temple in San Francisco, the House of Love and Prayer. Along the way, Carlebach finds inspiration from nightclub singer Nina Simone and becomes a top-selling recording artist.
PremieresORIGINAL BROADWAY PRODUCTION
Circle in the Square Theatre August 15, 2013
PRODUCTIONS: WHERE HAS IT PLAYED?
ORIGINAL BROADWAY PRODUCTION Circle in the Square Theatre - August 15, 2013
Producer : JEREMY CHESS, JEROME LEVY, ROBERT BECKWITT, EDWARD STEINBERG, JOEL KAHN, DANNY BOY PRODUCTIONS Direction : DANIEL S. WISE Choreography : BENOIT-SWAN POUFFER Orchestrations : STEVE MARGOSHES Musical Director : SETH FARBER Scenic Design : NEIL PATEL Costume Design : MAGGIE MORAN Lighting Design : JEFF CROITER Sound Design : JOHN SHIVERS & DAVID PATRIDGE
Shlomo Carlebach : ERIC ANDERSON Nina Simone : AMBER IMAN Reb Pinchas : RON ORBACH Ruth : ZARAH MAHLER Eli Chaim : RYAN STRAND
SYNOPSIS: WHAT'S THE STORY?
Soul Doctor tells the story of beloved yet controversial father of popular Jewish music, rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, and his friendship with Nina Simone. Beginning with his childhood escape from Nazi Germany, the show follows Carlebach's surprising journey as he becomes a rabbinical prodigy in America, discovers gospel and soul music through his friendship with Simone, and has a meteoric rise as a "Rock Star Rabbi." In the '60s he performed with the likes of Bob Dylan, Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead. However stardom had a price, and Carlebach had to make peace with his family, faith and personal demons.