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Soul Doctor

From 8 member  reviews
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. More…

After his escape from Nazi Germany, the young Rabbi Shlomo befriended the legendary jazz singer Nina Simone who introduced him to soul and gospel music. With the “High Priestess of Soul” as his inspiration, Shlomo created a new sound with melodies that fused his roots with American popular music. With his meteoric rise as a "Rock Star Rabbi,” he struggled to harmonize his traditional beliefs with the "free love" generation of the 1960s. Today, his uplifting music and message help to define America’s most defiant era.

1h 40m | Already closed | Actors Temple Theater (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (8)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Entertaining, Disappointing, Confusing, Absorbing
62
Avg Score

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.


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...
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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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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,...
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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 Broadw...
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