It seems as if Soul Train is set to be Broadway’s newest jukebox musical joining the likes of Motown the Musical and Jersey Boys. The announcement was made Tuesday that Rock of Ages producer Matthew Weaver has acquired the stage rights to the production.
Chairman of Soul Train Holdings, LLC, Earvin “Magic” Johnson issued a statement saying, “Creating a live theatrical interpretation of this iconic franchise is an opportunity that could not be missed.”
Soul Train was a TV series that served as a prominent forum for R&B, pop, and hip-hop artists between 1971 and 2006. Weaver noted in a statement that the late Soul Train creator Don Cornelius, “created a television show that became a cornerstone in American culture,” adding, “We’re putting together a top notch team of artists to ensure Soul Train is the hippest trip on Broadway.”
Weaver also added in a separate statement, “I’m nervous and I’m humbled and I’m excited. I do think we’re the right people to do it because I think it’s got to have that spirit of Rock of Ages, which is part old-fashioned musical but also part party.”
The hope according to Weaver, is to create a production that is as large as Rock of Ages and one that will attract audiences that do not generally visit Times Square.
A timeline or casting for the production has yet to be released. More information will be announced at a later date.