On Wednesday April 16 NY Daily reported that creator of the Broadway musical "Rock of Ages," Matthew Weaver, is setting his sights on bringing another musical to Broadway and it's been known as "the hippest trip in America. Sources say that Weaver has acquired the rights and is hoping hoping the Broadway version will bring in traditional musical theater fans, as well as those who avoid the genre.
Don Cornelius started the show full of music and the latest dance moves in 1970 in Chicago and served as its host until 1993. It aired in syndication from 1971 until 2006 and was ultimately sold to MadVision Entertainment in 2008.
Some of the best R&B/Soul singing legends have grace the Soul Train Stage. Performances by The Temptations, James Brown, Chaka Khan, Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5 are just a few of the names that hold a place in Soul Train history. So how will Matthew Weaver pull off telling the story of such a legendary show? Maybe he can take a page from the success of yet another jukebox musical known as 'Motown: The Musical."
Motown: The Musical was based on the book, "To Be Loved: The Music, the Magic, the Memories of Motown" written by the man behind the Motown movement, Berry Gordy. The story reflects the early days of Motown and the love life of Berry Gordy and Diana Ross.
Could Weaver incorporate some of the personal happenings of Don Cornelius into the musical? Or maybe even have a scene showing the moment actress Rosie Perez, who used to work as a dancer on the show, hit Don Cornelius in the head with a piece of chicken as she spoke about in her book, "Handbook for an Unpredictable Life"? Rosie described the moment she decided to leave the show after a fight between she and Cornelius broke out about the way she danced being "too hip hop".
"We were paid with a 2-piece Kentucky Fried Chicken lunchbox. I wasn’t aware of it at the time but I suffered from PTSD (from childhood abuse) and when he grabbed me I totally overreacted and I grabbed the first thing I could to hit him with and it happened to be a piece of chicken wing from the lunchbox and it hit him in the head and I was escorted out.
Soul Train was definitely about the music, the dance moves and the dancers. Best wishes to Weaver on putting it all together.
No timeline for the Soul Train musical has been set.