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, and his unlikely friendship with Nina Simone. 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 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.
Soul Doctor features Shlomo's timeless hits in a rocking score woven together by the orchestrator of The Who's Tommy and Elton John's Aida.
"Unabashedly celebratory! A fascinating story with beautiful music.” – The New York Times
“A cross between Fiddler on the Roof and Hair.” Time Out New York
“Genuinely moving. It's hard to resist!” AMNY
“Joyous!” The Hollywood Reporter
Theatre is not wheel-chair accessible.
Josh Nelson, Anthony Laciura, Don Meehan, Debra Cardona, Hayden Wall, Rosalie Graziano, Jacob Heimer, Lee Hollis Bussie, Erin Mosher, Dan'yelle Williamson, Janelle McDermoth, Lee Hollis Bussie, Dianna Barger, John Plumpis, Jesse Swimm
Author: Daniel S. Wise
Music & Additional Lyrics: Shlomo Carlebach
Lyrics: David Schechter