‘Soul Train’ musical moving closer to Broadway: ‘Ain’t Too Proud’ playwright Dominique Morisseau on board, alongside Questlove from The Roots
The “Soul Train” musical is moving closer to Broadway.
Producers of the show, inspired by Don Cornelius’ landmark TV series, announced a trailblazing lineup of creative contributors in preparation for a 2021 Broadway premiere.
Dominique Morisseau, the 2019 Tony Award-nominated playwright and MacArthur genius grant recipient, who penned the hit musical “Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations” will write the book for “Soul Train.”
Camille A. Brown, who garnered a 2019 Tony Award nomination for “Choir Boy,” has been tapped to choreography the musical, which will be helmed by Apollo Theater’s artistic producer Kamilah Forbes.
According to the announcement, “Soul Train” will chronicle Cornelius’ creation of “Soul Train” via 20 hit songs from the era.
Considered a cultural phenomenon, the music and dance-based TV series propelled the careers of legendary artists such as Tina Turner, Stevie Wonder, The Jackson 5, Whitney Houston, Lenny Kravitz, LL Cool J and Aretha Franklin.
Four-time Grammy winner Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson will executive produce “Soul Train” alongside Don Cornelius’ son, Tony Cornelius, Emmy-nominated “CSI” creator Anthony E. Zuiker, and Live Nation Urban President Shawn Gee.
In 2013, The Roots co-founder wrote “Soul Train: The Music, Dance and Style of a Generation,” which commemorated the legacy of the program that started off humbly in Chicago in 1971 and became the longest-running, first-run, nationally syndicated program in television history when it ended in 2006.
“I am so excited to help bring the narrative of one of our culture’s most influential and legend-making endeavors to the stage,” Morisseau said in a statement.
“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’ 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.’”