From First Date to Cabaret, A Look at the 2013-14 Season: The Musicals

By Playbill Staff
04 Apr 2014

Show: Soul Doctor
Theatre: Circle in the Square Theatre

Preview: July 17, 2013

Opening: Aug. 15, 2013
Closing: Oct. 13, 2013

Creators: Book by Daniel S. Wise. Lyrics by David Schechter. Concept by Jeremy Chess. Music by Shlomo Carlebach. Direction by Daniel S. Wise. Choreography by Benoit-Swan Pouffer.
Original Principal Cast: Eric Anderson as Shlomo, Amber Iman as Nina, Jacqueline Antaramian as Mother, Diana Barger as Flower Child, Jamie Jackson as Father and Zarah Mahler as Ruth.

Synopsis: The new musical Soul Doctor, according to producers, "tells the fascinating story of the beloved yet controversial father of popular Jewish music, Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach. A modern-day troubadour, Shlomo ignited the spirit of millions around the world with his soul-stirring melodies, transformative storytelling and boundless love. After his childhood escape from Nazi Germany, the young Rabbi formed an unlikely friendship with legendary jazz singer Nina Simone, who introduced him to soul and gospel music. Fusing his roots with his new found inspiration, Shlomo created a revolutionary musical sound, writing songs that became instant standards. As a 'Rock Star Rabbi' of the 1960s, he struggled to harmonize his traditional beliefs with the 'free love' generation. Today, his uplifting music and message help to define America’s most defiant era."

Check out photos from a two-show day at Soul Doctor with Heather Parcells.

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