"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
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. It stars Eric Anderson (Kinky Boots), who received a 2013 Drama Desk Award nomination for his performance as Shlomo Off-Broadway. The New York Timesproclaims, "As he transforms from rabbi to kinetic dynamo, Eric Anderson imbues his numbers with their own arc, building to a joyous, leaping roar!"
Eric Anderson, Jacqueline Antaramian, Dianna Barger, Richard Cerato, Tara Chambers, Maria Conti, Alexandra Frohlinger, Afra Hines, Amber Iman, Abdur-Rahim Jackson, Jamie Jackson, Ethan Khusidman, Dillon Kondor, Zarah Mahler, Vasthy Mompoint, Ron Orbach, Ian Paget, Heather Parcells, Michael Paternostro, JC Schuster, Eric Stockton, Ryan Strand, Teddy Walsh
Author: Daniel S. Wise
Music & Additional Lyrics: Shlomo Carlebach
Lyrics: David Schechter
Director: Daniel S. Wise
Producer: Jeremy Chess, Jerome Levy, Robert Beckwitt, Edward Steinberg, Joel Kahn, and Danny Boy Productions
Scenic Design: Neil Patel
Costume Design: Maggie Morgan
Lighting Design: Jeff Croiter
Sound Design: John Shivers and David Patridge
Press Agent: Kornberg & Associates
A Musical’s Unorthodox Genesis
The new Broadway musical Soul Doctor stars Eric Anderson, who isn’t Jewish, as the real-life singing rabbi Shlomo Carlebach.