Soul Doctor tells the story of the beloved yet controversial father of popular Jewish music, Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach. He 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 musical icon and pioneer Nina Simone, who introduced him to Soul and Gospel music — and a Jewish music and cultural revival was born. Fusing his roots with his new inspiration, Shlomo created a distinct musical genre, writing songs that continue to be the main body of Jewish musical standards. The “Jewish Gospel/Soul” experience he introduced to the synagogue worship remains the most popular of services across all denominations of Jewish practice.
Filmed in Jerusalem, Soul Doctor coincides with the 10th anniversary of its Broadway premiere. It was a hit in New Orleans, Miami, and Off Broadway at Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Roundabout Theatre Company (which featured India Arie as Nina Simone), and New York Theatre Workshop.
The cast also includes Charlotte Moore (Les Miz, ALW’s Wizard of Oz), C.J. Tyson (Wicked), Rebecca Kritzer (In the Heights), Marvin Meital, Yovel Moss, Allison Poccia, Lital Shalit, Toni Elizabeth White, Luke Wygodny (Once), Jordan Zell, and Marc Zell and original Broadway cast members: Richard Cerato and Abdur-Rahim Jackson (who also choreographs).
“You’ve got to learn to leave the table when love’s no longer being served.”
— Nina Simone.
Below is the link to participating cinemas in NYC.