Will a "Soul Train" Arrive on Broadway? Earvin "Magic" Johnson Developing Musical Based on Don Cornelius
By Michael Gioia
Earvin "Magic" Johnson, the NBA superstar who inspired the recent Broadway basketball drama Magic/Bird, is attached to an upcoming musical about "Soul Train" creator Don Cornelius, according to the NY Post.
According to the Post, Johnson and his business partners bought the rights to "Soul Train" last year for several million dollars. The Broadway-aimed musical will focus on the hit variety show, which ran from 1971-2006.
"Soul Train," hosted by Cornelius, featured performances by R&B, soul and hip hop artists and also included funk, jazz, disco and gospel music.
As previously reported, the soul-inspired musical Motown, based on the life of music producer and hit-maker Berry Gordy, will play Broadway in spring 2013.
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