FORMER ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF CEDAR LAKE CONTEMPORARY BALLET – to CHOREOGRAPH NEW BROADWAY MUSICAL
SOUL DOCTOR… the life and music of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach and his unlikely friendship with Nina Simone
WEDNESDAY, JULY 17-
OPENING NIGHT- THURSDAY, AUGUST 15
at CIRCLE IN THE SQUARE THEATRE - 1633 Broadway
For more information visit www.SoulDoctorBroadway.com.
orchestrated and arranged for Broadway by Steve Margoshes (Smokey Joe’s Café, The Who’s Tommy), book and direction by Daniel S. Wise, and lyrics by David Schechter.
The new Broadway musical Soul Doctor tells the fascinating story of the beloved yet controversial father of popular Jewish music, Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach. A modern-day troubadour, Shlomo ignited the spirit of millions around the world with his soul-stirring melodies, transformative storytelling and boundless
love. After his childhood escape from Nazi Germany, the young Rabbi formed an unlikely friendship with legendary jazz singer Nina Simone, who introduced him to soul and gospel music. Fusing his roots with his
newfound inspiration, Shlomo created a revolutionary musical sound, writing songs that became instant standards. As a "Rock Star Rabbi" of the 1960s, he struggled to harmonize his traditional beliefs with the "free
love" generation. Today, his uplifting music and message help to define America’s most defiant era.
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(choreographer) was most recently Artistic Director of Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, a position he held since 2005. The New York Times recently credited Pouffer with building one of the most innovative contemporary ballet companies in America. Born and raised in Paris, he studied at the conservatoire National Superieur de
Musique et de Danse. Pouffer’s distinguished career as a professional dancer included a 7-year tenure with the
renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, seasons with Donald Byrd/The Group and Philadanco, as well
as leading outreach programs in South Africa and Master Classes throughout Europe. In 2011, Pouffer choreographed Dangerous Beauty at the Pasadena Playhouse, directed by Tony®-nominee Sheryl Kaller. In
2012, Pouffer became the choreographer of the musical
at Goodspeed Opera House, directed by Gabriel Barre.
Mr. Pouffer was
also featured in, and created the dance sequences for the major
The Adjustment Bureau, including original choreography for the
film’s lead actress Emily Blunt. His work on the film earned him a 2011
Fred and Adele Astaire Award nomination for Best Film