Thank you to Culture Mom Media for the tickets to see Soul Doctor. And thank you to Savvy Meema for attending the performance and writing a review for Raising 3 Savvy Ladies. All thoughts and opinions are her own.
Soul Doctor is a tribute to the Rock Star Rabbi – Shlomo Carlebach, the father of popular Jewish music. This theatrical presentation was the brainchild of his daughter, Neshama Carlebach, who wanted to continue her father’s spiritual and musical legacy.
At the onset you couldn’t help but be curious as to how this production was going to unfold. Would it turn out to be “Hair – Kosher Style”?
It was an emotional and touching treat. Shlomo takes you full circle – from the time he escaped with his family from Nazi-occupied Vienna at the time of the Holocaust ending with his return to Vienna as the Rockstar Rabbi. What happens in between is his life’s story.
From his initial meeting with Jazz singer Nina Simone, Shlomo’s life is changed forever. She gives him an awareness of his spiritual and musical capabilities which initiates a bittersweet journey that will captivate you. The music selections are uplifting especially for the acts at San Francisco’s House of Love and Prayer – Shlomo’s base of spiritual operations which catered to young hippies in the ’60’s.
This play is a truly entertaining event. You’re on the verge of tears, you laugh, clap you hands and stamp your feet and you have to fight the desire to dance the hora at your seat. I felt like I had a bout of TMJ because my jaw ached from smiling and laughing for over two hours.
So treat thyself and remember that this show is not just for “he-brews” and “she-brews”! And be mindful of this adage: You don’t have to be Jewish to enjoy and appreciate “Shlomo the Soul Doctor”. Make this show just one more mitzvah in your life!
Circle in the Square Theatre – 1633 Bway (on 50th St. between Bway & 8th Ave.)
For more information, head over to www.SoulDoctorBroadway.com