Another piece of news coming out of New York is something I had no idea existed but became quite intrigued about. A musical called Soul Doctor about Chassidic Rabbi Shlomo Carlbach and his friendship with singer Nina Ramone is closing on Broadway October 13 after only 46 performances. Carlbach was known as one of the preeminent 20th century Jewish composers. As a Jew myself I know his music very well as it can be heard in synagogues all over the world.
Soul Doctor apparently received critical acclaim during its runs off-Broadway, in New Orleans, and on-Broadway but has been advertised as a limited engagement. According to the New York Post: “Eric Anderson beautifully suggests Carlebach’s soft-spoken, gentle appeal, as well as the charisma that jolted him to stardom. Erica Ash is equally superb as Simone, whether quietly conveying the singer’s fierce dignity or delivering stunning versions of signature classics such as “Sinnerman.” Anderson received a Drama Desk Award nomination for his portrayal of “The Singing Rabbi.”