The Los Angeles run of Soul Doctor, scheduled for May 3–13 at the Saban Theatre, has been canceled. The touring show stars Tony nominee Josh Young (Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita) as Shlomo alongside Israeli singer and recording artist Ester Rada as jazz singer Nina Simone.
The production, which recently wrapped up a three-week run at the Lyceum Theatre in San Diego, will still head to the Hirsch Theater in Jerusalem in June as previously announced.
Soul Doctor details the story of real-life “singing rabbi” Shlomo Carlebach and his unlikely friendship with Nina Simone.
The musical features a book by Daniel S. Wise, lyrics by David Schechter, and music by Shlomo Carlebach. Gabriel Barre directs with choreography by Jennifer Lee Paulson. Music direction is by Rick Fox.
Completing the cast are Dylan Hoffinger as Young Shlomo, Martin Rayner as Father, Luke Wygodny as Moisheleh, Mitch Greenberg as Reb Pinchas, David R. Gordon as Dr. Joel, Billy Cohen as Bandleader, Mimi Bessette as Mother, Ginna Doyle as Ruth, Toni Elizabeth White as Nina's Mother, and ensemble members Abdur-Rahim Jackson, Melody Allegra Berger, Meghan Glogower, Eric Greengold, and Megan Ort, with Rick Fox on piano, Martin Isenberg on bass, and Janet Robin on guitar.
For more information, visit SoulDoctoronTour.com.