Toni Rembe Theater
415 Geary Street
San Francisco, CA, USA 94102
Overview (Program Summary)
6:00PM-7:30PM Cocktail Reception
Join fellow ACC SFBA members and our sponsor, Cozen O'Connor, for a private cocktail reception & “the hippest trip in America” with the world premiere of Hippest Trip – The Soul Train Musical, the Broadway-bound musical based on the iconic TV show that brought Black music, dance, and style into every living room in America. Journey back to 1971’s Chicago, when Black entrepreneur and radio DJ Don Cornelius transformed the pop culture landscape by recognizing the lack of Black musical artists on television. Within a year, his local dance show went national and became one of the longest-running shows in television history. Elegant, determined, and complicated, Cornelius set trends for nearly 40 years by giving a stage—and a camera—to the artists who created the soundtrack of multiple generations, and to the dancers, including Rosie Perez and Jody Watley, who became superstars.
The acclaimed creative team of Hippest Trip includes Tony Award–nominated playwright and MacArthur Genius Dominique Morisseau (Broadway’s Ain’t Too Proud; The Detroit Project), three-time Tony Award–nominated and Obie Award–winning choreographer Camille A. Brown (A.C.T.’s Toni Stone; Broadway’s for colored girls…), and the Apollo Theater’s acclaimed executive director Kamilah Forbes. Don’t miss this world-premiere musical event that will have you dancing in the aisles and leave you with “love, peace, and soul” in your heart.