‘Soul Train,’ may not mean too much to us over this side of the pond but the legendary musical variety show was a ginormous hit in the US. And now, according to Deadline, it’s going to become a musical too!
The show ran for 35 years from 1971 to 2006, and will hit Broadway with the show’s story at its core. The musical is said to follow the story of the host and creator of ‘Soul Train’, Don Cornelius, and feature over 20 hits songs from the show’s lengthy run. Questlove is being reported as scheduled to executive produce the show alongside Cornelius’ son Tony, among a host of others.
Deadline reports that the musical will hit Broadway in 2021 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the show’s premiere. Theatre big guns have reportedly been drafted in too with playwright Dominique Morisseau, director Kamilah Forbes, and choreographer Camille A. Brown all allegedly a part of the creative team.
Tony Cornelius told Deadline: “With many years of experience working directly with my father, I’m forever grateful and deeply humbled by the impact ‘Soul Train’ has had on the culture at large both here and abroad, for 37 years, and with purpose, through music, dance and style, ‘Soul Train’ brought Love, Peace & Soul to a national audience.”
‘Soul Train’ was a somewhat revolutionary piece of television when it first aired all those years ago. It centred on the dancing and performance of a wide variety of African American artists including Sly and the Family Stone, James Brown, Tina Turner, Jackson 5, Curtis Mayfield, and countless other musical icons.