Josh Young Led SOUL DOCTOR Cancels Los Angeles Run; Will Play Jerusalem This Summer
SOUL DOCTOR, which was to have performed May 3 to 13, at the Saban Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, has been canceled. SOUL DOCTOR is still traveling to Jerusalem to the Hirsch Theatre for its Israel premiere performances as part of the celebration of the 70th anniversary of Israel, as planned. For more information, please visit souldoctorontour.com, or call 888-645-5006.Inspired by the music of Simone, Carlebach broke tradition - by embracing the pop music of his generation. By performing to both Jews and non-Jews, he defied the Orthodox establishment, and popularized Jewish music to appeal to a new generation who had left their religion behind. Time Out New York described SOUL DOCTOR as "A Cross Between Fiddler on the Roofand Hair." Broadwayworld hailed the show as "The first major Jewish musical in a generation!" The Wall Street Journal said called SOUL DOCTOR an "exhilarating, riveting and hilarious musical." The Jewish Post said, "Carlebach singlehandedly transformed Jewish music in the 20th century ... an authentic portrait of the travails and triumphs of this extraordinary man." Starting in the turbulent 1960s, Shlomo Carlebach infused traditional songs and those he wrote himself with folk, jazz and gospel elements. The book by Daniel Wise tells of the important moments in Carlebach's life story, focusing on his "peace and love" philosophy, intriguing musical journey, and lifelong conflict with his father and other disapproving Orthodox community elders. SOUL DOCTOR not only dramatizes his life as a Rabbi who inspired millions of people, and who travelled the world healing souls through his message of love and compassion, but it also provides timely insights into his unusual forays in interracial understanding. Carlebach's open acceptance of less religious, secular Jews and the disaffected youth of the '60s was a monumental shift in the Jewish outreach movement and he left a legacy of soulful, loving music and a renewed Jewish community.Josh Young (Shlomo) Most recently, Josh originated the role of "John Newton" in the Broadway World Premiere of Amazing Grace. Josh received a Tony® Award nomination and Theatre World Award for his critically acclaimed Broadway debut as "Judas" in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Jesus Christ Superstar. He appeared in two seasons at Canada's prestigious Stratford Shakespeare Festival where his credits include "Connie Rivers" in The Grapes of Wrath, and "Che" in Evita directed by Gary Griffin, earning BroadwayWorld Awards for each. Josh earned the same accolade for his turn as "Che" in the Tony®Nominated revival tour of Evita. Josh appeared as "Marius" in the US National Tour of Les Miserables and "Tony" in the 50th Anniversary International Tour of West Side Story. Josh has performed in North America's finest regional theaters including La Jolla Playhouse, Center Theatre Group, Walnut Street Theater, St. Louis MUNY, Baltimore Center Stage, Ogunquit Playhouse and North Carolina Theatre. Josh performs with Symphonies around the world and has been involved in concerts and new works with NYC's Lincoln Center, Roundabout Theatre Company, The Transport Group and The New York Musical Theater Festival. Josh is the co-founder of Cutting-Edge Composers, a concert and weekly web series on broadwayworld.com, created to give exposure to musical theatre's next generation of songwriters. BFA Syracuse University. @joshpaulyoung.