By Michael Gioia
15 Apr 2014
Representatives for a Broadway-aimed production announced April 15 that Weaver acquired the rights from Soul Train Holdings, LLC., and is now in talks with theatre and film notables to come on board as the creative team for Broadway.
Created in 1970 by Don Cornelius, "Soul Train" famously introduced the world to generations of new music and a whole new series of dance moves and styles on a weekly basis.
"Don Cornelius created a television show that became a cornerstone in American culture and I am excited and honored to be bringing it to the stage," said producer Weaver in a statement. "We are putting together a top notch team of artists to ensure Soul Train is the hippest trip on Broadway. We want to thrill the audiences who loved the TV show and introduce the incredible music and style of Soul Train to a new generation."
"Soul Train has made a significant impact on American music and pop culture and its legacy and appeal continue to resonate around the world. Creating a live theatrical interpretation of this iconic franchise is an opportunity that could not be missed," added Earvin "Magic" Johnson, chairman of Soul Train Holdings, LLC. "We are so happy to have found the perfect producer for Soul Train in Matthew Weaver, who shepherded Rock of Ages from infancy to an international smash hit."
"Soul Train," the longest running, first-run, nationally syndicated music program in television history (35 years - from 1971 to 2006) predominantly featured performances by R&B, pop, soul, and hip hop artists in addition to funk, jazz, disco and gospel artists.
"Soul Train" highlighted a cast of diverse dancers as well as the legendary Soul Train dance line. The legacy of "Soul Train" lives on through the annual Soul Train Awards, which honors the best in urban music and entertainment.