Soul Doctor, with Crawford and Ackerman, to Premiere in New Orleans Prior to Broadway

News   Soul Doctor, with Crawford and Ackerman, to Premiere in New Orleans Prior to Broadway
 
Soul Doctor, a new musical about the life and music of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, will make its regional premiere in New Orleans at Muriel's Cabaret Stage at Le Petit Theatre May 7-12.

Ben Crawford
Ben Crawford

The production, according to a press statement, plans to arrive on Broadway in 2011.

The cast of the New Orleans production includes Ben Crawford, Loni Ackerman, Carla Hargrove, Kenny Morris, John Plumpis, Richard Hutton, Keith Claverie, Brian Falgoust, Kristina Morales, Bailey Purvis, Cliff Thompson, Kenneth Thompson, Samantha Smart, Jonathan May, Maddie Mateer and Donovan Bendana.

Soul Doctor features music by Carlebach, a book/libretto by Daniel S. Wise, lyrics and direction by David Schechter, musical direction by Grammy nominee Seth Farber, choreography by Michael Raine and additional material by Carlebach's daughter, Neshama Carlebach.

The new musical, according to press notes, "tells the story of the foremost innovator in Jewish music of the 20th century, and one of the most pivotal, unconventional and controversial Jewish personalities of the post WWII generation. Featuring over 40 of Carlebach’s soulful and joyful melodies, Soul Doctor is the true story of the rabbi/troubadour who ignited the spirit of Jews around the world with his music, stories and boundless love."

In a statement writer/producer Wise said, "There’s no better city in the world to launch the Broadway production of Soul Doctor than New Orleans where soul and music pulsate through the streets day and night. Shlomo Carlebach performed and recorded here often, and I know that it would mean so much to him that his music is being sung here to bring life and revival to the people of this great city." The producing team includes Jeremy Chess, Dr. Edward Steinberg, Joel Kahn, Jerome Levy and Daniel S. Wise. Holly‐Anne Ruggiero acts as executive producer in New Orleans.

Muriel's Cabaret Stage at Le Petit Theatre is located at 616 St. Peter Street New Orleans, LA. Tickets are available online at www.lepetittheatre.com or at the Le Petit Box Office at 616 St. Peter Street.

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