Saturday, August 31, 2013

In 'Soul Doctor,' Healing Allows Music to Resound


much is forbidden by religion, that it is easy to forget the joys in celebrating religious traditions.

“Soul Doctor,” tells the story of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, whose music in praise of peace and understanding was both liturgical and secular. (See rehearsal video at top).

The biographical musical, at Circle In The Square in an open run, is based on SC’s autobiography and his songbook, with ministrations from his daughter Neshima, a book by Daniel S. Wise and lyrics by David Schechter. It’s possible that the bio behind this musical is fuzzier than most in this genre, however.

Eric Anderson as Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach and Amber Iman as Nina Simone in "Soul Doctor." Photo by Walter McBride.

Orthodox Jewish men are not allowed to even shake hands with women other than their wives. It’s not telling tales out of school to say that the Rabbi may have broken bigger prohibitions than just hugging his followers. A Google search of SC’s name will lead to the possible scandal brewing around the Rabbi’s legacy, with allegations in Lilith magazine that he may have molested some of his female followers. (

Should this have an impact on the way “Soul Doctor” is viewed? Does it affect the quality of the slice of life “Soul Doctor” depicts? A resounding “no” to both may be disingenuous, but “Soul Doctor” on its own merits is marvelous entertainment … More shortly.

Visit to learn more about "Soul Doctor."

No comments :

Post a Comment

Creative Commons License
VEVLYN'S PEN: The Wright take on life by Vevlyn Wright is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License .
Based on a work at .
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at .