Dance Show 'Soul Train' May Boogie onto Broadway

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
A Broadway musical based on the television program "Soul Train" may be in the works. The theatrical stage rights have been purchased by stage and film producer Matthew Weaver.

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NEW YORK (AP) -- The groundbreaking song-and-dance show "Soul Train" is chugging toward Broadway.

Stage and film producer Matthew Weaver, who helped create "Rock of Ages," has acquired the theatrical stage rights to the TV show and says he's hoping to turn it into a show that attracts both die-hard Broadway fans and those who usually avoid Times Square.

"Soul Train," with its trademark animated train opening, provided a national, weekly showcase for R&B artists, black culture and fashion, and gave advertisers an entree to the black consumer market.

Don Cornelius started the music and dance show in 1970 in Chicago and served as its host until 1993. It aired in syndication from 1971 until 2006.

Weaver says he next will hire a writer and has no timeframe for Broadway.

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