Soul Doctor
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Soul Doctor
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Soul Doctor NYC Reviews and Tickets

62%
(8 Reviews)
Positive
38%
Mixed
50%
Negative
12%
Members say
Great acting, Entertaining, Disappointing, Confusing, Absorbing

About the Show

Soul Doctor is a musical journey that tells the story of the father of popular Jewish music, Shlomo Carlebach and his unlikely friendship with Nina Simone.

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Member Reviews (8)

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605 Reviews | 226 Followers
60
Entertaining, Dated, Banal, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if You know or are interested in this musician's story.

Don't see it if You expect an extremely entertaining bio musical.

178 Reviews | 279 Followers
80
Fresh, Great music, Great acting, Lively, Entertaining

See it if You like quirky-interesting but real-life stories, told in a lively, fast-paced way with good music and staging

Don't see it if You aren't interested in Josephine Baker or stories about religious ways of life, or musicals

153 Reviews | 43 Followers
55
Entertaining, Disappointing, Funny, Fluffy, Slow

See it if you can't get tickets to much else. It's a decent story. Got a lot harsher reviews than necessary. Felt like a high school production though

Don't see it if you want to see a masterfully written and acted musical that will move you.

111 Reviews | 19 Followers
70
Absorbing, Delightful, Jewish, Original

See it if you enjoy jewish culture and are interested in learning more about the side this show covers

Don't see it if you want to see something well written... it's good, but not the best

83 Reviews | 113 Followers
55
Enchanting, Confusing, Dizzying, Original, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy Jewish feel-good music and Nina Simone

Don't see it if you want something with a more coherent plot

29 Reviews | 8 Followers
44
Dull, Mediocre, Excruciating

See it if You want to learn more about Shlomo Carlebach and his story.

Don't see it if You're looking for a transformative theater experience. This show is pretty basic and frankly quite dull. I found myself wanting it to end.

21 Reviews | 4 Followers
54
Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Dizzying, Confusing

See it if You love stories about Jewish Rabbis

Don't see it if You don't like shows that are very quirky

1 Review | 0 Followers
100
Great acting, Intelligent, Profound

See it if It opens again. 😕 see it if you want to see a unique convergence of Jewish and black histories.

Don't see it if You don't like musicals.

Critic Reviews (13)

The New York Times
August 16th, 2013

"I wasn’t feeling so much wonder, having a low tolerance for all-together-now spiritual uplift. Those with affectionate memories of Carlebach’s music may find “Soul Doctor” inspiring and absorbing. I found it disappointing that this intriguing figure came across as a bland, bromide-spouting relic of the hippie era, albeit one tie-dyed in classic Jewish guilt."
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Time Out New York
August 15th, 2013

"Gevalt! The best that can be said about Soul Doctor, a strange Broadway musical based on the life and music of “singing rabbi” Shlomo Carlebach, is that it isn’t as bad as it sounds."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
August 15th, 2013

"Okay, Soul Doctor isn’t that bad. But it does display a muddy, bumbling, amateurish quality in its storytelling that gets in the way of some fine performances and seriously impedes its ability to grapple with questions. The Broadway incarnation suffers from structural bloat and thematic penury, message-y persistence and character fog."
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The Hollywood Reporter
August 15th, 2013

"Long before Matisyahu, there was Shlomo Carlebach.This Orthodox Jewish performer, whose catchy moniker was the “Rock Star Rabbi,” delivered an accessible brand of Jewish music that made him an unlikely pop star in the 1960s. He’s the subject of the ambitious new musical, now premiering on Broadway after earlier regional and off-Broadway runs. The transfer may have been ill-advised."
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Entertainment Weekly
August 15th, 2013

"Oy gevalt. It’s not that there’s anything particularly terrible about Soul Doctor, but there isn’t all that much to recommend either. Director Daniel S. Wise’s production — which consists mostly of a Judaic jukebox of Carlebach’s popular melodies — fails to achieve anything beyond a standard, and occasionally cringeworthy, retelling of his life."
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Variety
August 15th, 2013

"Unless you’re personally into it, there’s entirely too much of this ponderous religious pedantry to keep an audience alert.  And while the cast seems to be in constant motion, the choreography is clunky and obvious."
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New York Post
August 16th, 2013

"Much like its subject, the new Broadway musical “Soul Doctor” is terminally earnest and relentlessly sunny. Sadly, “Soul Doctor” is unlikely to be as popular as the man himself. While the show did well off-Broadway last summer, its hackneyed awkwardness will spell doom on the main stem, from the vague choreography to the groan-inducing dialogue."
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New York Daily News
August 15th, 2013

"The show never moves beyond the basic chronology. Carlebach’s precise place and significance in history remain as fuzzy as his bearded face, even after spending hours with him. While it’s certainly not the aim of the creative team, Carlebach emerges as a novelty, a footnote in both the Jewish faith and folk-rock."
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