“Soul Train,” the legendary musical variety show that ran from 1971 to 2006, is coming to Broadway, as Deadline reports. The musical will follow the story of “Soul Train” host and creator Don Cornelius, and feature over 20 hits songs from the show’s tenure. Questlove is slated to executive produce the show alongside Cornelius’ son Tony, among others.
According to Deadline, the musical will hit Broadway in 2021 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of “Soul Train”’s premiere. Playwright Dominique Morisseau, director Kamilah Forbes, and choreographer Camille A. Brown have been tapped for the project’s leading creative team.
“With many years of experience working directly with my father, I’m forever grateful and deeply humbled by the impact ‘Soul Train’ has had on the culture at large both here and abroad,” Tony Cornelius told Deadline. “For 37 years, and with purpose, through music, dance and style, ‘Soul Train’ brought Love, Peace & Soul to a national audience.”
“Soul Train” was a revolutionary program that featured dancing and live performances from a wide variety of African American artists including Sly and the Family Stone, James Brown, Tina Turner, Jackson 5, Curtis Mayfield, and countless other musical icons. Don Cornelius died in 2012 at the age of 75.
Read Pitchfork’s Paper Trail feature “The Hippest Trip in America: Soul Train and the Evolution of Culture and Style.”
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