The Sunday Giveaway: Two Tickets to Soul Doctor on Broadway!

Is there a Doctor in the house?

A Soul Doctor that is?

(Cue music!)

And exactly what kind of medicine is Soul Doctor practicing?

To paraphrase the marketing blurb, Soul Doctor isan exhilarating musical journey that tells the fascinating story of the father of popular Jewish music, Shlomo Carlebach, and his unlikely friendship with Nina Simone.”  In other words, it’s the journey of a “rock star rabbi.”

It’s a bit of a faithy-jukeboxy musical.  And, well, there certainly hasn’t been one of those on the boards in a long while ever.

Want to pay a little visit to the Doctor?

One of you is!  And you’re going to see it for free! All that you have to do is the following.

There was a lot of talk about faith-based stories on Broadway last year, what with Godspell, Leap of Faith, Mormon, Sister Act, etc.  I always thought it was  more of a coincidence, but maybe not?

We’ve certainly seen some before . . . Superstar, Joseph, Children of Eden?

Is there a faith-based story you’d like to see on stage?  Toss a comment with your suggestion (or anti-suggestion) and you’ll be entered to win!


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  • Lori liebowitz says:

    I’d love to go.

  • Robb Johnston says:

    Martin Luther makes for a theatrical story. The Monk who realizes that the church is doing it wrong and tries to help fix it and ends up creating a new branch of Christian Faith.

    nailing the 95 thesis on the door of Wittenburg church at the act break.

    Battle with the Pope, protected by the various princes of Germany . . . there is a good narrative to work with

    I would be interested to see some new versions of some of his hymns

    Since Grace has been taken, maybe call it A Mighty Fortress, which of course could be used as exit music.

  • stacey hoberg says:

    I think they could do alan Menkin’s King David – I never got to see that.

  • Max Schwager says:

    I’d love to see Keeping Up with the Steins on stage. A hilarious story that would be so fun on stage.

  • Ellie says:

    Holy War! A Musical Crusade…


    Buddha-licious: Boogie Down the Eighfold Path

  • Roberto says:

    Visiting for the week show sounds very interesting would like to see it.

  • Seth Laidlaw says:

    “The Prince of Egypt” is just screaming to be turned into a staged musical. With music by Stephen Schwartz and Hans Zimmer and songs such as “When You Believe”, “Through Heaven’s Eyes”, and “The 10 Plagues” I think it would be a great success! Not to mention the technical opportunities available with the whole ‘parting of the seas’ scene.

  • Travis says:

    A serious show about Scientology could be interesting!

  • noach reshef says:

    Ijust sent you an idea by mail Noach

  • Michelle says:

    I have never seen Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and would love to!

  • Cindy L. says:

    A “Breaking Amish” type of show could be quite amusing.

  • Mark says:

    I think Joan of Arc could make a pretty epic girl-power spectacular.

  • Randi says:

    Joan of Arc would be an awesome topic for a musical! Les Mis style. Or A Man For All Seasons as a musical.

  • Brian says:

    A musical about Delores Hart could be interesting. Act I would be her days in Hollywood with the first Act closer of a power ballad about doing what you know is right. Act II would be her transition into the cloistered life.

  • KENI FINE says:

    Yes, and I’ve written it… Stay tuned & praise the Lord!
    In the meanwhile, come see my new Eco-Musical
    at The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, Wash DC August 8, 2013 6pm.
    Humans of all ages admitted free. (No poachers!)

  • William Statham says:

    I actually (being a Buddhist) would LOVE to see a faith-based musical centered around either A.) The Dalai Lama, B.) Gandhi, or C.) Buddha. Or quite frankly, all of the above intertwined somehow. 🙂

  • Bryan Austermann says:

    Scientology: The Musical!

    Done. End of play.

  • Barry Reszel says:

    Hands down…Stephen Schwartz’s self-proclaimed “favorite musical I’ve written,” CHILDREN OF EDEN demands a Broadway presentation. Ken, if you produce it, I may be willing to move to New York and work with you in whatever way I can help (for free) just to see it put on the Great White Way. It’s the most gorgeous score.

  • Andrew says:

    Cain and Abel.

  • Natalie Randall says:

    It would be really cool if they did a modern version musical of the parable from the Bible “The Prodigal Son”…and put some love stories in it, and a big club scene full of dancing.

  • Jackson says:

    I’ve always found polygamy to be rather fascinating. A plot revolving around this Mormon tradition could make an interesting Broadway show.

  • Nathan C says:

    I’ve always wanted to see an adaption of Moses leading the Jews out of Egypt. Like the 10 Commandments (film) on a Broadway stage

  • I’d love to see a broadway musical about Islamic culture and faith. I think that would be illuminating and interesting.

  • Lewis R. Chambers says:

    One of the hottest stories with a Biblical bent is SAMSON AND DELILAH … and that temple collapse at the end could rival any precursors in that “Spectacle On Stage” category.
    AND, yes, I’d like to win the tickets!

  • Darrell Mullins says:

    This is going back a bit, in the film world anyway, but an adaptation of “The Last Temptation of Christ” might have potential.

  • brian says:

    The story of hanukkah in musical form

  • Tony P says:

    The life of Mahalia Jackson would make a terrific musical, as would the life of Aretha Franklin, and faith would play a big role in those stories.

    And let’s not forget Elie Weisel!

  • Mandy says:

    I’d like to see a musical based on the book Stuff Christians Like. (Or perhaps it could be Stuff Christians Like versus Stuff Athiests Like- Game Show Musical.)

    Or maybe just a musical based on the 700 Club.

  • Jim McCarthy says:

    I want to see Jonah and the Whale given the Disney treatment. Julie Taymor designing Jonah’s vivid imaginings within the stomach of the whale? Visual brilliance waiting to happen.

  • John P. says:

    The film “Oh God” was very funny with George Burns — I would imagine that the idea of this film would make a good musical.

  • NoemiDLP says:

    How about the Bhagavad Gita: Mighty Ajruna has a break down and Krishna, disguised as Arjuna’s charioteer, helps him out.

  • How about,
    “Westboro Baptist Church: The Musical”

    Tagline–“Did it just get hot in here?”

  • Mandy says:

    Jezebel’s Story.

  • Brad B says:

    Noah and the Ark would be absolutely incredible onstage in the right production team’s hands. Could you picture a boat in a storm with a ton of animals? NO-we won’t get the Titanic musical team, because they had nightly boat issues.

  • David says:

    Ruth . . . there are some wonderul women in the Bible . . .

  • jennifer terstenyak says:

    The song of bernadette (based on the jennifer jones movie)

  • Ruth Post says:

    Of course, I have to suggest the Story of Ruth, the first woman to convert to Judaism and an ancestor of King David. Mgotta be a good musical in there somewhere.

  • Michael Reed says:

    A girl growing in a conservative Muslim household who is the star of her high school dance team. Does she betray her parents or become a star?

  • The story of the Baal Shem Tov founder of the Chasidic movement. He was a miracle worker and is responsible for bringing Judaism back to the masses (the poor who couldn’t afford education). There are amazing mystical and moral stories about him that would entertain and educate.

  • Mark S. says:

    If someone sent up Scientology in a musical the way The Book of Mormon sends up Mormonism, I would definitely go to see that … since it seems people would rather see religion satirized as in BOM than treated seriously, like Scandalous.

  • Jennifer Kranz Wilson says:

    The Devil and Max Devlin… awesome movie from the early 80’s with Elliot Gould. Plenty of built in fans, features a big, fabulous Marvin Hamlisch song – Roses and Rainbows, main guy has a grand epiphany, a requisite, female storyline where the nice girl finally finishes first and a couple of other good B story lines… come on, Ken! Make THIS one. 🙂

    (Though it is Disney)…

  • Larry Segall says:

    Love To See Rock & Roll Play re: WASPS Going All Out With Mayo & Corned Beef On White

  • Nancy Paris says:

    Long Island Medium – The Musical. The story of Theresa Caputo. “There is nothing as important to me as my hair and my nails.”

  • I would love to see God’s Favorite by Neil Simon…possibly a modern adaptation? A lot of the pop culture references are a little outdated today but the comedy is timeless. As is the story of Job.

  • Donna Mather says:

    * Matisyahu
    * Sodom and Gomorrah
    * Book of Songs

  • Brittany says:

    Definitely something about Hinduism. With really breathtaking visuals a la Slumdog Millionaire.

  • Doug says:

    Since they’ve already done SPAMALOT, how about a stage version of Monty Python’s hilarious LIFE OF BRIAN done as a musical?

  • Everett O'Neil says:

    You forgot the ULTIMATE Faith sayer “The Testament of Mary”. But I guess everyone did.

  • Geri W says:

    Yes, The Prince of Egypt would be a great choice to turn into a musical. Many great emotional songs move the epic story along.

  • Carey says:

    King David has an epic life story that I would love to see remade on stage. His whole incident with Bathsheba and Uriah is dangerous and hot!

  • nancy cohen says:

    how about a Pantheist musical, where the cast lives sings to the power of nature in all her forms… animals, too, can have their voices, all living in sublime humility of the great Mother.

    or…a Native American musical… I can already hear the beat to “Smoke Signals” and the rousing finale, “Seven Generations”

  • Grace says:

    I’d love to see a story of the origins of the first Church — who were Jews!

  • Sharon B Goodman says:

    How about Enemies a Love story by Isaac Bashiva Singer. It was a movie in 1989 starring Ron Silver, Anjelica Huston, Lena Olin and Alan King.
    or Yentel, the movie with Barbra Streisand
    or the Red Tent, pretty complicated for a show but great book!!!!!
    thank you

  • Travis Ferguson says:

    Faith based musical? Maybe the Jonestown cult would make an interesting story. Moral of the story “Don’t drink the Kool Aid”.

  • Jenna Rich says:

    Always thought Milton’s Paradise Lost would make a spectacular musical!

  • Billy Recce says:

    I would love to see a musical version of The entire Bible in all honesty! It would be a huge epic, but it would definitely be new and interesting.

  • Bob says:

    One-in-five adults say that they do not have a religious affiliation ( Hold a weekend-long workshop with a diverse group of “nones” and get them to share their stories. Then, create a A CHORUS LINE-type musical, ending with the rousing musical number “Join the Club!” (

  • burt says:

    how about an all in good fun musical omni-religious theatrical event where all religions are implied but everyone is afraid to mention an actual religion by name for fear of offending someone.

  • Andrea W says:

    I think there are many people growing up with parents of different religions (such as one being Christian and one Jewish) and having a child deal with learning both, practicing both, and then having to commit to just one. How do they choose? What outside influences affect their decision?

  • Wendy says:

    DISCO JESUS AND THE APOSTLES OF FUNK is getting great responses at the DC Fringe Fest. I would love to see this one come to Broadway!

  • Steve Gordon says:

    I would love to see a staged version of the movie “This is the End.” The movie was very funny and I think it would make a great stage musical in the vein of “The Book of Mormon.”

  • Rick Hinkson says:

    david and jonathan.

  • Fran says:

    The story of Abraham willing to sacrifice his son Isaac to God.
    Done classically, working title: Abraham’s Test
    Done modern: The Binding of Isaac

    Lots of family stuff to explore – what does wife Sarah think of Abraham’s decision?, lots to discuss with good and evil with the sacrifice, and of course there’s the deus ex machina, with God intervening at the last moment – actually this could be a really good opera!

    If modern format is done, Act 2 is all about Isaac in therapy, exploring his feelings, coming to terms with his dad wanting to bind him and burn him alive.

    The audience will go out humming!

  • gjc says:

    Book of Esther – a natural for Diva-rich Broadway. The amazing story of a Jewess who becomes the Queen of Persia and saves the Jewish nation from annihilation at the hands of its arch enemy while winning the heart of the fiercely handsome King Xerxes. The Middle East is a hot topic and a great composer/lyricist could not only make this entertaining & romantic, but possibly heal a very damaged part of the world … well, it at the very least could be info-taining. If you have to do a religious musical, do one that makes a different in the world we live in, right?

  • Delia says:

    How about an updated version.. a modern twist on the story of Job… I mean we’ve all experienced loss, and apparently Job is the epitome of faith..or a modern musical twist on the Abraham and Issac story of sacrifice and faith, father wrestling with the impending decision of having to off his son… the angst and music is swirling in my head already…

  • Cara says:

    I have a few ideas. Jonah and the whale would be fun. Perhaps something to the tune of Sister Wives – a positive story about polygamy. Or a show about Wicca – a young girl discovering the practice despite a very different religious upbringing and her struggle with which path she chooses.

  • Emily says:

    “The Prince of Egypt” would be SPECTACULAR! A lush, unforgettable Stephen Schwartz score…an amazing epic theatrical event!

  • Ed from CT says:

    Yes- “The Ten Commandments- the Musical.”
    It would truly be epic.

  • EllenFD says:

    An adaptation of YENTL, including the original lush movie score plus additional original songs, could be sumptuously played out on stage. OK, so maybe Tovah F. and Barbra S. are a little long in the tooth for the role–but there’s always Lea M. (Ken D, can you hear me?)

  • Liz Wollman says:

    There are not nearly enough Zoroastrians represented in Broadway musicals. We need more.

  • Brandon S says:

    Four words: “Rock Me Sexy Jesus”
    Is ANYONE doing a stage adaptation of Hamlet 2? (Of course, that’s only if Elisabeth Shue is willing to reprise her role.)

  • I was about to suggest the life of The Singing Nun, and then discovered that it was done, apparently as comedy(?), Off Broadway and at NYMF in 2006…but her story seems well suited to a more serious treatment.

  • Andrew Joy says:

    The next epic musical: 10 Commandments

  • Meg R. says:

    Stephen Schwartz wrote the music to a Dreamworks movie call “Prince of Egypt” which was about Moses and Pharaoh and, well, letting the people go. But the movie wasn’t a huge hit. However, the music is great, the story idea is great, and if designers could find a way to do the plagues really well on stage, I’d pay a lot to see it. I mean, Ken, you brought back Godspell… Just saying. Think about it!

  • Ryan McCurdy says:

    I’d like to see a stage production of Being There by Jerzy Kosinski starring Bill Irwin. That’s my vote.

  • Shiraz says:

    I’d love to see a version of Dante’s Divine Comedy. Maybe with puppets.

  • Matthew Turkle says:

    I have always wanted to see the story of Dinah (Joseph’s sister and daughter of Jacob) musicalized for the stage. Most famously told in Anita Dimant’s novel, “The Red Tent,” it is the lesser known biblical saga of this poor woman who goes through so much (rape, loss, love, etc.) and is such a tender story, it deserves a dramatic interpretation.

  • Fran says:

    More thoughts about my submission about Abraham.
    Working title: Abraham’s Choice (with all homage to Sophie!) Who does Abraham hold more dear – his son or his God?

  • Meryl says:

    “Prince of Egypt,” a thousand times “Prince of Egypt”. The greatest score around, an intense dramatic story that can appeal on strictly dramatic terms regardless of faith, lots of fantastic roles that could even put people in the running for Tonys (and who wouldn’t want Brian Stokes Mitchell reprising his role as Jethro??), what more could a fan – or producer – want?

  • Ashley says:

    Prince of Egypt!

  • Elaina Remin says:

    I think it would be awesome if the 10 plagues came to life on the Broadway stage!

  • abe says:

    i want to see a buddy musical comedy about benedict xvi and francis living together in the vatican called my two popes…

  • Tim says:

    Though it does not necessarily focus on religion-based faith, I think a stage adaptation of NPR’s “This I Believe” could be incredibly compelling. Some of these essays are quite theatrical and dramatic, and to see them read/performed on stage would be quite the treat.

    In fact, I could see this piece as either a musical (in the style of “Working,” for example) or as a straight play in the style of “The Vagina Monologues” or something similar. What’s great about these essays is that they really encompass all aspects of personal belief, faith, and philosophy, leaving audiences with plenty to think about.

  • Andrew Beck says:

    The Tower of Babel could offer songs that appeal to a variety of tourists from all over the world. Dante’s Inferno would offer some great parts to some of our favorite Broadway character actors. The Song of Bernadette could actually be a song (and the show would conclude with a big number called “Mary’s Turn”. In actuality this may be a dangerous path to pursue–after all we’re an industry that when it produced a musical about Joan of Arc called it “Goodtime Charley”!!!!

  • Elisa Christina Clayton says:

    The original new musical “Rhymes-n-Reasons” is a faith based/political protest/love story that I’d love to see on stage and Davenport Theatricals has it.

  • fran says:

    I think the story of Queen Esther (Purim) could have universal appeal!

  • Cheryl Dzubak says:

    Adam and Eve: A Love Story!

  • Charles Small says:

    I would love to see a story on Moses as a musical and his arguments with God. I think it would be fascinating on the struggle in finding faith.

  • ECP says:

    Perhaps I’m unaware, but surprised that no one has tackled the story of (Saint) Bernadette Soubirous, who in 1850s Lourdes, France, claimed multiple visits by the Virgin Mary. A popular 1943 movie (“The Song of Bernadette”) was based on a best-selling 1941 book. A compelling tale of faith and (conflicted) community that I think would engage believers and non-believers.

  • Amanda says:

    Malcolm X as a bio-musical could really be something special. It could use such wonderful music and rich history to tell a moving story. It could just be called “Malcolm X” or “X.”

  • Mary M. says:

    Noah & the Ark 🙂

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