A “Soul Train” Broadway Musical is in the Works

1970s. Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes performing on "Soul Train." Photo by Everett/Shutterstock (10295047a)

Soul Train musical is in the works and is bound to hit the Broadway stage in 2021. 

The musical will tell the story of the iconic musical variety show created by Don Cornelius. The show was created by Don Cornelius. It ran from 1971 to 2006 and featured black musicians both established and up-and-coming. The musical is set to feature a total of 20 hits songs from the show’s tenure.

Playwright Dominique Morisseau said in a statement: “Having grown up on this series,” she said, “and being immersed in the culture around it, I never knew what it took to make it the iconic staple that it is. Through the socio-political challenges both internally and externally, Don Cornelius’ uncompromised vision, and the revolutionary dance culture that the show made visible to the mainstream, there are a million handprints on what we know as Soul Train.”

“With many years of experience working directly with my father, I’m forever grateful and deeply humbled by the impact ‘Soul Train’ has had on the culture at large both here and abroad,” Tony Cornelius, Don’s’ son told Deadline. “For 37 years, and with purpose, through music, dance, and style, ‘Soul Train’ brought Love, Peace & Soul to a national audience.”

Also on board are director Kamilah Forbes and choreographer Camille A. Brown.