Get on board the Soooooul Train!
The iconic show created by Don Cornelius will see the bright lights of Broadway, and interestingly enough, the creator of the CSI franchise Anthony E. Zuiker will write the script.
Zuiker says the endeavor is close to his heart. "I speak from the heart when I say that Soul Train touched me deeply,” he said in a statement. “It has impacted this country on so many levels, bringing joy and hope to so many people out there, including me."
Zuiker will work with Rock of Ages producer Matthew Weaver. The two briefly paired up to make The Harlem Globetrotters Story, but that project never came to pass. Weaver said of Zuiker, "His commitment to Soul Train, the era, the people and the music is unbridled, and his willingness to share his passion and vision with the Soul Train community is what makes him such an original. Anthony’s vision for Soul Train the musical is emotional, deep, funny, edgy and authentic. I think people are going to be very surprised and deeply touched.”
The production is being called a "lyrical narrative” about Cornelius’ life and creation of the show featuring the classic soul hits of yore including, Minnie Ripperton’s “Loving You,” Ike & Tina Turner’s “Proud Mary” and more.
Soul Train went on to become the longest-running, first-run, nationally syndicated music program in television history.
Given his drama background, Zuiker is a a rather interesting choice to write the storyline for "Soul Train the Musical." Do you think he can deliver?