The Bridges of Madison County. Taboo. The Scottsboro Boys. So many flop musicals have such dedicated followings.
Soul Doctor, however, didn’t quite seem to make that list. After 32 previews and 66 performances at the Circle in the Square Theatre in the summer of 2013, this Broadway musical about the life of folk-singing rabbi Shlomo Carlebach and his friendship with a fledgling jazz singer named Nina Simone took its place in Broadway’s famed under-100 club.
Cut to late 2014, when, after months of saying Kaddish and lighting yahrtzeit candles, Soul Doctor found itself resurrected, New Testament-style, off-Broadway.
The musical is now playing, fittingly, at The Actors’ Temple Theatre in the Actors’ Temple Synagogue. It’s a brand-new production that slims the show’s running time from nearly three hours down to 95 minutes. (Haggadah light, anyone?)
We wish them a lot of mazel.