A new musical based on Soul Train, the iconic music variety program that aired from 1971 to 2006, is coming to Broadway. With a plan to debut in 2021 in honor of the TV series’ 50th anniversary, the musical will follow the story of Soul Train host and creator Don Cornelius and feature more than 20 hit songs from the era.
The creative team for the project includes playwright Dominique Morisseau, director Kamilah Forbes, and choreographer Camille A. Brown. Questlove will executive produce alongside Cornelius’ son Tony, among others.
In a statement to Deadline, Tony Cornelius said the musical will honor the “accomplishments, creative vision and legacy” of his father, who died in 2012 at age 75.
“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,” he said. “For 37 years, and with purpose, through music, dance and style, Soul Train brought Love, Peace & Soul to a national audience.”
Morisseau noted, “I am so excited to help bring the narrative of one of our culture’s most influential and legend-making endeavors to the stage.” "I cannot wait to partner with this legendary creative team of incredible women to celebrate the history and the unsung heroes of our nation’s longest running televised music and dance series.”
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Article image: Gladys Knight and the Pips performing on the television program "Soul Train" in 1974. (Soul Train. [Available through Public Domain] via Wikimedia Commons.)