Baltimore Center Stage: SOUL The Stax Musical
SOUL The Stax Musical
May 03–June 10
  • Book by Matthew Benjamin
  • Music and Lyrics by Various Stax Artists
  • Directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah
  • Choreography by Chase Brock
  • Produced in association with Stuart Benjamin and Concord Music
Most remaining performances are sold out. Some tickets may become available online if people return their tickets. Please note: We are the only official ticket seller for SOUL The Stax Musical.




This world premiere musical is inspired by the legendary story of Stax Records and the rise of iconic artists such as Otis Redding, The Staple Singers, Isaac Hayes, Booker T & The MG's, Rufus & Carla Thomas, David Porter, Wilson Pickett, Johnnie Taylor, and Eddie Floyd—who created the very foundation of American Soul Music.

SOUL The Stax Musical celebrates how music brought Americans together during the early years of the Civil Rights Movement, and continues to bring generations together—from those who remember the early days of R&B, to those who are discovering these phenomenal artists today.

Content Advisory: This musical celebration set in the early years of the Civil Rights Movement contains some adult language and may be most suitable for middle school audiences and up.

Approximate running time is 2 hour and 15 minutes with one intermission.

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Music Supervisor and Musical Director

Scenic & Co-Projection Designer

Costume Designer

Lighting Designer

Co-Sound Designer

Co-Sound Designer

Co-Projection Designer

Wig and Hair Designer

Assistant Director

Assistant Choreographer

Stage Manager

Assistant Stage Manager




Matt Kruft


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Saxophone and Flute

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“Broadway-meets-Baltimore, standing ovation-mandatory.”— DC Metro Theater Arts
“A must see!”— Broadway World
“Phenomenal music.”— DC Metro Theater Arts
“Well-produced and energetically staged.”— Washington Post
“Musical performances are first rate.”— WYPR
"A nostalgia fest fueled by 30-some infectious songs."— Baltimore Sun
“The songs in the show will strike a chord with anyone who listened to the radio in the 60s or the 70s.”— WYPR
“[Kwame] Kwei-Armah could not have selected a better swan song to celebrate his seven wonderful years as Artistic Director.”— Broadway World
“This show brought everyone to their feet… It has a great story to tell as well as great music to entertain.”— CultureSeen4U
"Holy Mother of all that is funky!"— DC Metro Theater Arts
“This musical’s future as a Broadway and touring regular should be mandatory.”— DC Metro Theater Arts
“Simply amazing.”— Broadway World
“A musical this magnificent comes around once in many a shady blue moon. SOUL The Stax Musical has a concert-like feel that the audience loved like a hot plate of soul food.”— DC Metro Theater Arts
“Kwei-Armah’s inspired direction exerts a kinetic energy that never flags, all the while tapping into the distinctive gifts of a cast packed with engaging talents.”— Baltimore Sun