SOUL TRAIN IS HEADED TO BROADWAY!

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Tony Award Nominated Producer Matthew Weaver Acquires First-Class
Stage Rights to 
Groundbreaking Musical Variety Television Show

(New York, NY – April 15, 2014) Tony Award Nominated Producer Matthew Weaver (Rock of Ages) of MediaWeaver Entertainment – a movie, TV and stage production company – has acquired the theatrical stage rights to the beloved, trailblazing musical variety television series Soul Train. Created in 1970 by visionary Don Cornelius, Soul Train famously introduced the world to generations of new music and a whole new series of dance moves and styles on a weekly basis. Weaver acquired the rights from Soul Train Holdings, LLC. Weaver is now in talks with theater and film notables to come on board as the creative team for the Broadway production.

“Don Cornelius created a television show that became a cornerstone in American culture and I am excited and honored to be bringing it to the stage,” said Matthew Weaver. “We are putting together a top notch team of artists to ensure Soul Train is the hippest trip on Broadway. We want to thrill the audiences who loved the TV show and introduce the incredible music and style of Soul Train to a new generation.”

Soul Train has made a significant impact on American music and pop culture and its legacy and appeal continue to resonate around the world. Creating a live theatrical interpretation of this iconic franchise is an opportunity that could not be missed,” added Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Chairman, Soul Train Holdings, LLC. “We are so happy to have found the perfect producer for Soul Train in Matthew Weaver, who shepherded Rock of Ages from infancy to an international smash hit.”

Soul Train, the longest running first-run, nationally syndicated music program in television history (35 years – from 1971 to 2006) predominantly featured performances by R&B, pop, soul, and hip hop artists, in addition to funk, jazz, disco, and gospel artists. Soul Train highlighted a cast of incredible, diverse dancers as well as the legendary Soul Train dance line. The legacy of Soul Train lives on through the annual Soul Train Awards, which honors the best in urban music and entertainment.

ABOUT

MATTHEW WEAVER is the producer of the smash-hit musical Rock of Ages, which received 5 Tony Award Nominations and is currently in its 5th year on Broadway. He also oversaw the show’s global expansion, which included productions in Las Vegas, London, Australia, Toronto, Japan and South Korea as well as 3 national tours, and produced the film adaptation, starring Tom Cruise and Alec Baldwin, for Warner Bros. His other film credits include We’re the Millers, The Heartbreak Kid, Jiro Dreams of Sushi, Surfwise, Hesher, Sympathy for Delicious and Barry Munday. He recently founded the movie, television and stage production company MediaWeaver Entertainment, which has an exclusive production arrangement with Relativity Media.

SOUL TRAIN HOLDINGS, LLC was formed in May 2008 and is owned by InterMedia Partners and a partnership between Magic Johnson Enterprises and Ron Burkle’s investment firm, The Yucaipa Companies. The iconic franchise and catalog consists of more than 1,100 episodes and 40 specials from Don Cornelius Productions, Inc. Soul Train is the longest running, first-run, nationally syndicated music program in television history. During its 35-year run, the show featured lasting innovations such as the Soul Train line and the legendary sign off “Love, Peace and Soul.” At the heart of the show was Don Cornelius, the dancers and influential artists such as James Brown, Al Green, Ike & Tina Turner, Hall & Oates, Donna Summer, Marvin Gaye, The Jackson 5, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Whitney Houston, David Bowie, Prince, Run D.M.C. and Destiny’s Child.

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69 Comments

  1. Cherry Smith says:

    I am seeking employment to assist with the 2011 Soul Train Awards. Where can I find a list of your job openings?

  2. Marie Smith says:

    What must I do to get tickets for the 2012 Soul Train Award Show?

  3. phillip cornelius says:

    Hello soul train im phillip cornelius don cornelius is of my family down the line. I had some question and ideas about soul train, I wanted to known sent don cornelius is not the host anymore would’int be a good idea to have a person with the same last name and a family member to host the show every now and then. This is just some ideas i had, if u like my ideas hit me on my email.

  4. DePaul Eppright says:

    I JUST WANT THE RECORD TO SHOW THAT NOT ONLY WAS I CHUCKIE A MEMBER OF THE SOULTRAIN GANG BUT A REGULAR ON THE SHOW ALONG WITH VICTOR ORSBORN, JO JO DAMITA AND THE WHOLE CREW AND DON DID’T LIKE THAT FACT THAT MOST OF THE GUYS THAT WERE GAY ON THE SHOW WERE HELPING CREATE SOME OF THOSE DANCES AND HE ALSO REFUSED TO LET CHUCKIE DANCE ANYMORE BECAUSE HE WAS A DANCING FOOL AND COULD DANCE WITH BEST OF THEM KNOW THAT.

  5. Letty Segura says:

    I just did a blog post about Soul Train! Also, this Friday Summerdance in Chicago has a free dance party with live music celebrating Soul Trains 40th Anniversary!

  6. eyemediadiva says:

    @Letty Segura: Great post, thanks for sharing!

  7. Kathy says:

    Looking for the date,time and place of the 2012 Soul Train Awards Show. The ticket price and when they go on sale. I love watching on TV….but this year I’d love to be in the HOUSE. Thank You BET for many years of dazzle, dreams, and decor

  8. trenia barnes says:

    where will the next soul train award show 2012 be held and where can I get tickets

  9. Good Morning,

    Inquiring about press passes for the upcoming Soul Train Awards. Please let us know what needs to be done on our part to make this opportunity happen. Thank you in advance.

  10. rockstar says:

    soul train awards are usually held in the ATL around october . .ck ticketmaster

  11. Tonia says:

    Can you guys consider giving Frankie Beverly and Maze a lifetime achievement award.

  12. VIVIAN ADAMS says:

    Hello, i always dreamed of being on Soul Train. Is there a way that i might can be.

  13. Peaches says:

    Just want to know when u will be recognizing chi-town as the place where soul train started soul train awards show. I know u all want to cater to the younger crowd, but u never include Chicago on the soul train awards shows and what soul train meant to the Chi-town steppers of the today which is goin very strong. When Don left soul train from chicago we were boppin that left a great impact on us, now we are steppin which is the same as boppin but wit more steps involved. I think it is so sad that Don and Soul train has forgotten his roots and where it all started in the CHI……..!!!!!!!

  14. Hi! We would like to participate. We would like to know where to obtain Press Credentials of the 2011 Soul Train Music Awards. Thanks for your time,SHONDALON ( 678)267-6707

  15. Hi! We would like to participate. Where can we obtain Media Credentials to attend the 2011 Soul Train Music Awards? Thanks for your time, SHONDALON (678) 267-6707

  16. Hello,

    We are looking to obtain media credentials for the 2011 Soul Train Awards. Where can we access an application? Thank you for your assistance

  17. Ladee Storem says:

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  18. R. Johnson says:

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  19. Kfrush says:

    This is a follow up to a previous comment in September. Please do a tribute to Frankie Beverly and Maze on your awards show, it’s long overdue.

  20. Jessica Carson says:

    Frankie Beverly and Maze should be honored for their works of music for over forty years. i am still surprised that they have never won any awards.

  21. ivan dailey says:

    how much is the tickets…

  22. india chapple says:

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  23. India Chapple Lyric Love Ent CEO says:

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  24. India Chapple Lyric Love Ent CEO says:

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  25. Mara Hunter says:

    Good Afternoon,

    My name is Mara Hunter and I am a staff journalist for Total Eclipse Magazine, a national print publication based out of Boston, MA and soul blogger for Soul in the City w/Mara Hunter. I would like to know how we (TE)would be able to obtain media credentials for this event.

    Please feel free to contact me via email.

    Thank you for the opportunity to capture this event for our readers!!

    Have a wonderful day!

    Respectfully Yours,

    Mara Hunter
    Staff Journalist, Total Eclipse Magazine
    http://www.totaleclipsemag.com
    facebook: http://www.facebook.com/souljournalist
    twitter: http://www.twitter.com/I_am_MaraHunter
    blog: http://www.marahunter.blogspot.com

  26. Sandra Green says:

    Good Afternoon,

    I would like to know if there will any extras needed for The Soul Train Award show that will be held at The Cobb Energy Center in Atlanta on November 28, 2011….

    Thanks, please email back or tell me what I need to do to be an Extra.

    Thanks,

    Sandra Green

  27. Tman says:

    Good morning when do 2011 soul train awards come on

  28. dolores says:

    What kind of fools have a dance category and doesn’t include the most thrilling exciting dancer, since Michael Jackson in the list of nominees??? Everyone knows that CIARA is the best dancer in the U.S. today. I will not watch centric, and I will not buy that rag essence.

  29. dolores says:

    What kind of fools have a dance category and doesn’t include the most thrilling exciting dancer, since Michael Jackson in the list of nominees??? Everyone knows that CIARA is the best dancer in the U.S. today. I will not watch centric, and I will not buy that rag essence.

    What kind of fools have a dance category and doesn’t include the most thrilling exciting dancer, since Michael Jackson in the list of nominees??? Everyone knows that CIARA is the best dancer in the U.S. today. I will not watch centric, and I will not buy that rag essence.

    What kind of fools have a dance category and doesn’t include the most thrilling exciting dancer, since Michael Jackson in the list of nominees??? Everyone knows that CIARA is the best dancer in the U.S. today. I will not watch centric, and I will not buy that rag essence.

  30. Athena says:

    How do I obtain copies of past Soul Train shows? I’m particularly interested in shows from the mid-1970′s. (Great Stuff!)

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  32. Will says:

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  33. I would love to audition for the soul train dancers.Are opportunities available?

  34. ICON DON CORNELIUS COMMITTED SUICIDE FEBUARY 1, 2012.

    DON CORNELIUS EXPOSED YOUNG PEOPLE HAVING A GOOD TIME TOGETHER ALL OVER THE WORLD. BECAUSE OF HIM ALL GODS NATIONALITIES LEARNED THE NEW DANCE MOVES AND “SOUL TRAIN” HAS SOUL AND WATCHING THE SHOW WAS A STONE GAS, HONEY! BECAUSE, ICON DON CORNELIUS’ VISION OF MARTIN LUTHER KING’S DREAM. THE GANG VIOLENCE DECREASED AND THE VOICES OF THE INNER CITY GANG DRAMA WERE HEARD AND SEEN. THIS CULTURE WAS NOT EXPOSED ON THE T.V. NEWS “BOYS IN THE HOOD”, EXPOSED THE REALTY OF THE HOOD. THAT IS WHAT BROUGHT RAP MUSIC TO THE WORLD. MOST OF THE YOUNGSTERS SUCCEEDED AGAINS TALL ODDS. THE HISTORY IS CAPTURED ON “SOUL TRAIN” THROUGH HIS MESSAGE AND HIS FAMOUS “SOUL TRAIN” T.V. SHOWS AND YOU WERE IN FRONT OF YOUR T.V. EVERTY SATURDAY MORNING LEARNING THE NEW DANCE STEPS. ICON DON CORNELIUS AIRED “SOUL TRAIN” 1971 -2006. FIRST THERE WAS “SOUL TRAIN” THEN MTV. I WAS BLESSED TO DANCE ON “SOUL TRAIN” FROM 1983-1989. I AM PROUD TO BE A PART OF THE BIRTH OF RAP AND HIP HOP , POP MUSIC AND BOOGIE N’ DOWN ON “SOUL TRAIN”. TARA SMITH 6’1″, LIGHT COMPLEXION SKIN AND HAZEL BROWN EYES WITH BROWN AND BLONDE HAIR. I DANCED NEXT TO THE CENTER STAGE. IT WAS THE TIME OF MY LIFE. THANK YOU DON CORNELIUS FOR DISCOVERING SO MUCH TALENT WITH YOUR VISION.
    LOVE PEACE AND SOUL!!!

  35. PETER SILENGA says:

    I would like to attend the 2012 Soul Train Awards and I would to know when will be taking and where? The tickets approximately how much this year?
    We would like to do advance plannng since we are coming from South Africa Johanessburg.

    Regards,
    Peter Silenga

  36. Hello,

    I am the executive managing editor of Glam Couture Magazine. We would like to cover your event for our publication. We need two press pass for our journalists. Please contact me at managingeditor@glamcouturemag.com

  37. Jesse Johnson says:

    Don Cornelius will really be missed. I thank him for his contributions to the African-American culture. Soul Train got me thru the service (71-73). When Lil Joe got me on Soul Train, I thought I had gone to heaven and back (73-75). The recent tribute to Don Cornelius at Marvericks Flat in Los Angeleswas great. It reminded me of the old days when we would party there after Soul Train filming. Pat Davis came from Vienna, Austria, Tyrone “The Bone” came from New York, Jimmy “Scoo B Doo” Foster from Las Vegas, Damita Jo Freeman, Don Campbell, “Slim” the Robot and the list goes on. Ihope to see everyone on at least an annual basis. Let me know if any of you know the wheareabouts of my dance parner, La Quinta Gross. I have not seen her since I attended her wedding about 1978.

    Jesse Johnson, Los Angeles

  38. If you love soul train check out Roll Train its Soul Train on skates check out Roll Train Tryouts on youtube

  39. leroynorwood says:

    Good Evening my is Leroy Norwood i have been a soul train fan since the 1980′s so i want to know that who is going to be the host of the 2012 Soul Train music awards and are they going to do a tribute to Don Cornelius beacuse it wasn’t for Don Cornelius there wouldn’t be No Soul Train no BET
    No MTV or VH1 no TVone no centric network.

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  41. Arthur Prince says:

    Please help me find out ways to attend the 2012 Soul Train Awards in Las Vegas. I am in need of 4 passes.

    Thanks

  42. Nikki says:

    Smooth Operators Salon will be having red carpet ready speacials for clients that will be attending the Soul Train Awards.Call for app.702-437-6614.
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  43. VonTrese says:

    Hi Donna:
    Do you happen to work with Centric? I work for the Kartel Co PR firm and we do events with Centric every year. I can’t seem to get in touch with my contacts over there and I was wondering if you could possibly help me get to tickets for my client. Thank you.

  44. when is who ever has the rights to the soultrain episodes plan to sell more dvd’s . what is the hold up the generation that will buy is not getting any younger.

  45. Albie says:

    COME TO LONDON!!!!!!!!!!

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  49. Kayla says:

    You really have problem grow up and get a life.

  50. destinykhan says:

    The soul train awards will never be the same as they use to be. Because a lot of these artist don’t have the vocal ability or the talent like the originals. Such as CHAKA KHAN , WHITNEY HOUSTON, MICHEAL JACKSON, PRINCE, DONNIE HATHAWAY.

  51. EP says:

    How can I get tickets to the actual show and after party? Is anyone selling tickets? Thanks! 202-276-0709 Eric

  52. Pete Allman says:

    For the last month Celebrity Scene News made calls to New York, California and Washington to speak to a media person. No one had any information . Please contact Pete Allman to advise at peteonthescene@yahoo.com or call [702] 265-9099 Thank you. CSN News

  53. Tony Harris says:

    How can I get tickets 4 the soul train 4 two coming out of New Jersey ?

  54. Selena says:

    Celebrating a flirty 30 birthday Nov. 7th- Nov. 11, flying in 7 from Florida (Tampa, Miami,& Orlando). We are there to boost the economy ;-) How might we get tickets?? Pretty please and thank you selenajax@hotmail.com

  55. boston shayne says:

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