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A World-Premiere Musical

Hippest Trip—The Soul Train Musical

Book by Dominique Morisseau
Choreographed by Camille A. Brown

Directed by Kamilah Forbes

Aug 25–Oct 1, 2023


Hippest Trip—The Soul Train Musical

Aug 25–Oct 1, 2023

“My family turned on Soul Train every week expecting nothing less than a house party . . . we got that, and a whole lot more.”

Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, Executive Producer, Soul Train
If you are a 2022 or 2023 subscriber, you already have tickets to Hippest Trip – The Soul Train Musical

The wait is finally over! Get ready for “the hippest trip in America” with the world premiere of Hippest Trip – The Soul Train Musical, 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.

The acclaimed creative team of Hippest Trip 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


Music Supervision, Orchestrations and Vocal and Additional Arrangements by Kenny Seymour
Scenic Design by Jason Sherwood
Costume Design by Dede Ayite
Lighting Design by Jen Schriever
Sound Design by Jonathan Deans
Projection Design by Aaron Rhyne
Casting by X Casting / Victor Vazquez, CSA

All titles, schedules, and artists are subject to change. No refunds. Tickets are for personal use and not for resale.

COVID-19 Safety Policy
American Conservatory Theater is happy to welcome you to our home. Our COVID-19 policy is in accordance with guidelines provided by the State of California and City of San Francisco. At this time this means that masking is encouraged but not required. It also means that vaccination checks are no longer required to see a performance. These policies will be updated if city guidelines change.