Soul Train is coming to Broadway — and it’s going to be written by a very familiar name. Anthony E. Zuiker, creator of the popular CSI franchise, will write the upcoming musical, which reunites him with Tony-nominated producer Matthew Weaver (Rock of Ages). MediaWeaver Entertainment secured the theatrical stage rights to the production last year
Since 1970, Soul Train has reigned as the longest and most influential nationally syndicated musical program, highlighting performances from R&B, pop, and hip hop artists, as well as a diverse cast of performers. The musical has been described as a “lyrical narrative” of Soul Train creator Don Cornelius and will include classics such as “Proud Mary” (Ike & Tina Turner), “I’ll Be Around” (The Spinners), “Loving You” (Minnie Riperton), and “Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me ” (Gladys Knight & The Pips).
Zuiker, who grew up in the heart of Soul Train’s era, credits the series for being important to him and his mother. “I speak from the heart when I say that Soul Train touched me deeply. It has impacted this country on so many levels, bringing joy and hope to so many people out there, including me,” he said in a press statement. “I am truly honored that Matthew Weaver and the rights holders have trusted me to share this important story and look forward to bringing Soul Train the musical to Broadway.”
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“Growing up on the set of Soul Train, I was acutely aware of how the show touched the lives of not only the audience, but the dancers, the artists and the team that put on the show each week. However, what people don’t know is that the show did quite a few things extremely well. Music, dance, lighting & sound, all of which together enhanced its 37-year-old tradition in television history,” added Tony Cornelius, Don Cornelius’ son, who is also executive producing the musical. “It’s exciting to have Anthony help bring the story of Soul Train to life extending my father’s vision as well as inspiring generations to come.”
So far, no timeline has been set for bringing the show to Broadway, though Zuicker has mentioned he’s hoping for a 2017 debut.