Soul Doctor, the story of real-life “singing rabbi” Shlomo Carlebach and his unlikely friendship with Nina Simone, will play a three-week run beginning April 3 at the Lyceum Theatre in downtown San Diego.
The tour will then head to the Saban Theatre in Los Angeles, May 3–13, and subsequently to the Hirsch Theater in Jerusalem in June.
Tony nominee Josh Young (Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita) will star as Shlomo with Israeli singer and recording artist Ester Rada as jazz singer Nina Simone. They will be joined by Dylan Hoffinger as Young Shlomo, Martin Rayner as Father, Luke Wygodny as Moisheleh, Mitch Greenberg as Reb Pinchas, David Gordon as Dr. Joel, Billy Cohen as Bandleader, Mimi Bessette as Mother, Ginna Doyle as Ruth, Toni Elizabeth White as Nina's Mother, and ensemble members Abdur-Rahim Jackson, Melody Allegra Berger, Megan Glowgower, and Megan Ort, with Martin Isenberg on bass.
Soul Doctor features a book by Daniel S. Wise, lyrics by David Schechter, and music by Shlomo Carlebach. Gabriel Barre directs.
The musical played a brief run on Broadway following engagements in New Orleans, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and a run at the New York Theatre Workshop in 2012.
Mark Dobrow is the production stage manager, and Jenifer A. Shenker is the assistant stage manager. Casting is by Paul Hardt.