“My family turned on Soul Train every week expecting nothing less than a house party . . . we got that, and a whole lot more.”
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The wait is finally over! Get ready for “the hippest trip in America” with the world premiere of Soul Train, the Broadway-bound musical based on the iconic TV show that brought Black music, dance, and style into every living room in America. Journey back to 1971’s Chicago, when Black entrepreneur and radio DJ Don Cornelius transformed the pop culture landscape by recognizing the lack of Black musical artists on television. Within a year, his local dance show went national and became one of the longest-running shows in television history. Elegant, determined, and complicated, Cornelius set trends for nearly 40 years by giving a stage—and a camera—to the artists who created the soundtrack of multiple generations, and to the dancers, including Rosie Perez and Jody Watley, who became superstars. Launching fall of 2023 at A.C.T.’s historic Toni Rembe Theater, the acclaimed creative team of Soul Train includes Tony Award–nominated playwright and MacArthur Genius Dominique Morisseau (Broadway’s Ain’t Too Proud; The Detroit Project), Tony Award–nominated choreographer Camille A. Brown (A.C.T.’s Toni Stone; Broadway’s Once on This Island), and the Apollo Theater’s acclaimed executive director Kamilah Forbes. Don’t miss this world-premiere musical event that will have you dancing in the aisles and leave you with “love, peace, and soul” in your heart.
“I am so excited to help bring the narrative of one of our culture’s most influential and legend-making endeavors to the stage. Having grown up on this series and being immersed in the culture around it, I never knew what it took to make it the iconic staple that it is. Through the socio-political challenges both internally and externally, Don Cornelius’s uncompromised vision, and the revolutionary dance culture that the show made visible to the mainstream, there are a million handprints on what we know as Soul Train. 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.”
—Playwright Dominique Morisseau