Questlove to Produce ‘Soul Train’ on Broadway: WATCH

SOUL TRAIN was an American music-dance television program which aired for 35 years  in syndication from October 2, 1971, to March 27, 2006. The show primarily featured performances by R&B, soul, dance/pop, and hip hop artists, although funk, jazz, disco, and gospel artists also appeared. The series was created by Don Cornelius, who also served as its first host and executive producer.

Soul Train was often called a “Black American Bandstand”. Cornelius acknowledged Bandstand as a model for his program; as the years advanced and Soul Train evolved into a tradition in its own right, he tended to bristle at the Bandstand comparisons. Train brought many R&B and hip-hop artists into American home when that was not a common occurrence.

Now, according to Deadline, the show is coming to Broadway under the auspices of Questlove.

Soul Train, the iconic music variety series created and hosted by Don Cornelius beginning in 1971 that showcased black musicians both established and up-and-coming, could make Broadway a stop on its long-running journey. A musical based on the show, with a creative team that includes three of the leading black women working in theater today, could arrive on Broadway in 2021.

Playwright Dominique Morisseau (Ain’t Too Proud), director Kamilah Forbes (Meet Vera Stark) and choreographer Camille A. Brown (Choir Boy, Once on This Island) will form the nucleus of the creative team, with The Roots’ Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson (The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon) as an executive producer.

The musical will feature more than 20 hit songs from the era while telling the personal story of Cornelius as he creates the television series. The series became TV’s primary showcase for soul, rock, R&B and, later, hip-hop. Nearly as popular as the stage acts was the in-studio audience, who taught the nation the latest dances. Cornelius ended each episode with his catchphrase “love, peace and soul.”

Questlove posted on Instagram, “Tryna make dreams come true every day of my life. Y’all know I bleed @soultrain so this move should surprise none of y’all. Extremely proud to be part of this awesome team and a part of hisherstory. Follow @soultrainonbway yall! ❤️✌🏾& 🥾🕺🏾 #Repost @soultrainonbway

We’re beyond excited to share today’s announcement of the trailblazing creative team behind Soul Train the Musical! Pictured left to right: 2019 Tony Award Nominated and MacArthur Genius Grant Winning Playwright @domorisseau, Four-time Grammy Award Winning Executive Producer @questlove, 2019 Tony Award Nominated Choreographer”

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Tryna make dreams come true every day of my life. Y’all know I bleed @soultrain so this move should surprise none of y’all. Extremely proud to be part of this awesome team and a part of hisherstory. Follow @soultrainonbway yall! ❤️✌🏾& 🥾🕺🏾 #Repost @soultrainonbway ・・・ We’re beyond excited to share today’s announcement of the trailblazing creative team behind Soul Train the Musical! Pictured left to right: 2019 Tony Award Nominated and MacArthur Genius Grant Winning Playwright @domorisseau, Four-time Grammy Award Winning Executive Producer @questlove, 2019 Tony Award Nominated Choreographer @camilleabrown, and NAACP Image Award Winner Director @kamilahf of the Apollo Theatre. Joining Questlove as Executive Producers are Don Cornelius’s son @MrTonyCornelius, Emmy-nominated CSI creator Anthony E. Zuiker, Live Nation Urban president Shawn Gee and Devin Keudell with Bespoke Theatricals. This project is a labor of love, and its Broadway premiere is planned for 2021 in celebration of the iconic television series’ 50th anniversary. Stay tuned for more details and read more from NY Times at the link in our bio. 📷: Nicola Goode #soultrainthemusical

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