News Brief 12/13/2011, Kislev 17, 5772
Shlomo Carlebach Musical Headed for Broadway
Soul Doctor: The Journey of a Rock Star Rabbi is the title of a new play based on the life of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach. The play will debute December 24th and be performed in Florida, New Orleans, Chicago, Los Angeles, Austin and on Broadway, the famous street for musical theater in New York City. The musical will also be performed in Tokyo, Japan.
Rabbi Carlebach, who passed away in 1994, released numerous albums and performed countless concerts around the world. He also helped found Moshav Mevo Modiin in Israel. The play will star Ben Crawford as Shlomo Carlebach and Rosalind Brown as American singer Nina Simone.
The website for the musical states, "Soul Doctor takes us on an exhilarating musical odyssey through the challenges and triumphs of this cultural phenomenon.: his childhood escape from Nazi Germany, becoming a rabbinical prodigy in America."