Josh Nelson and Dan'yelle Williamson to Lead Off-Broadway Return of Soul Doctor

News   Josh Nelson and Dan'yelle Williamson to Lead Off-Broadway Return of Soul Doctor
Actor-musician Josh Nelson and Wicked actress Dan'yelle Williamson will co-star as Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach and Nina Simone, respectively, in the Off-Broadway return of Soul Doctor, which begins Nov. 26 at the Actors Temple Theatre.

The production will officially open Dec. 14. Soul Doctor will be directed and choreographedby Mindy Cooper.

The musical, which came to Broadway last season following engagements in New Orleans, Florida and as a guest run at the New York Theatre Workshop in 2012, began Broadway previews July 17, 2013, and officially opened Aug. 15. It ended its run Oct. 13, 2013, after only 32 previews and 66 regular performances.

The cast will also feature Dianna Barger, Dylan Boyd, Debra Cardona, Jacob Heimer, Anthony Laciura, Don Meehan, Hayden Wall, Lee Hollis Bussie, Rosalie Graziano, Janelle McDermoth, Erin Mosher, John Plumpis, and Jesse Swimm.

According to creators, "Soul Doctor takes the audience on an exhilarating musical journey and explores the dramatic life of a cultural icon set in the transformative era of the Love generation. It tells the fascinating story of the father of popular Jewish music, Shlomo Carlebach, and his unlikely friendship with Nina Simone, the high priestess of Soul. A modern-day troubadour, Shlomo ignited the spirit of millions around the world with his soul-stirring melodies, transformative storytelling and boundless love."

Conceived by producer Jeremy Chess, created by David Schechter and Daniel S. Wise, Soul Doctor has a book by Wise, lyrics by Schechter and music by Shlomo Carlebach, with additional material by Neshama Carlebach.  Scenic design is by David Goldstein, costume design is by Tristan Raines, lighting design is by Zach Blane, sound design is by Raymond Schilke, projection design is by Brad Peterson, and orchestrations and additional arrangements are by Steve Margoshes.  Seth Faber is the music director, Jim Morgan is the associate nusic director. 

For tickets visit The Actors Temple Theatre is located at 339 West 47th Street.

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