Broadway Musical Soul Doctor Adds Amber Iman, Heather Parcells, Michael Paternostro and More to Cast
By Adam Hetrick
Amber Iman will star as Nina Simone in the Broadway debut of Soul Doctor, the musical about the real-life unconventional Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, which will begin previews July 17 at Circle in the Square.
Iman (A Civil War Christmas) joins Drama Desk Award nominee Eric Anderson, who was previously announced to play Shlomo. Conceived by Jeremy Chess, created by David Schechter and Daniel S. Wise, with direction by Wise, Soul Doctor has a book by Wise, lyrics by Schechter and music by Shlomo Carlebach, with additional material by Neshama Carlebach.
It will officially open Aug. 15. Former Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet artistic director Benoit-Swan Pouffer will choreograph.
The cast will also feature Jacqueline Antaramian, Dianna Barger, Richard Cerato, Maria Conti, Alexandra Frohlinger, Afra Hines, Abdur-Rahim Jackson, Jamie Jackson, Ethan Khusidman, Dillon Kondor, Zarah Mahler, Vasthy Mompoint, Ron Orbach, Ian Paget, Heather Parcells, Michael Paternostro, JC Schuster, Eric J. Stockton, Ryan Strand and Teddy Walsh.
Jeremy Chess, Jerome Levy, Robert Beckwitt, Edward Steinberg, Joel Kahn and Danny Boy Productions produce. Tickets are currently on sale through Jan. 5, 2014.
Soul Doctor played a brief run Off-Broadway last summer as a guest attraction at New York Theatre Workshop. Prior to that, Soul Doctor played engagements in Florida and New Orleans.
The Broadway production will have scenic design by Neil Patel, costume design by Maggie Morgan, lighting design by Jeff Croiter and sound design by John Shivers and David Patridge. Orchestrations and additional arrangements are by Steve Margoshes. Music supervision and arrangements are by Brian Koonin and music direction and arrangements are by Seth Farber.
Here's how it's billed: "The new musical Soul Doctor tells the fascinating story of the beloved yet controversial father of popular Jewish music, Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach. 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 childhood escape from Nazi Germany, the young Rabbi formed an unlikely friendship with legendary jazz singer Nina Simone, who introduced him to soul and gospel music. Fusing his roots with his new found inspiration, Shlomo created a revolutionary musical sound, writing songs that became instant standards. As a 'Rock Star Rabbi' of the 1960s, he struggled to harmonize his traditional beliefs with the "free love" generation. Today, his uplifting music and message help to define America’s most defiant era."
Tickets are now on sale via Telecharge.com. Circle in the Square Theatre is located at 50th Street, between Broadway and Eighth Avenue.
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