A.C.T. Extends “Hippest Trip—The Soul Train Musical” Due to High Demand

Alain “Hurrikane” Lauture, Alora Tonielle Martinez, and Aché Richardson. Photo by Bekah Lynn

American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco has announced the extension of Hippest Trip—The Soul Train Musical in response to strong ticket demand before the show’s previews.

Hippest Trip is the Broadway-bound musical based on the iconic TV show that brought Black music, dance, and style into every living room in America, performing at A.C.T.’s Toni Rembe Theater.  Performances of Hippest Trip will now run through October 8, 2023. Preview performances will begin on August 27, with an official opening taking place on September 6.

“Making the leap from run throughs in the rehearsal studio, band practice, and costume fittings to now be all together on stage under lights at A.C.T.’s Toni Rembe Theater, we are seeing audience excitement start to get on a roll,” said A.C.T. Artistic Director Pam MacKinnon. “There are some sold out houses already. There is growing demand from the Bay Area for this powerful world premiere musical made here for the Bay and bound for Broadway. I cannot wait to share. Happy to be extending!”

Journey back to 1971 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, many of whom went on to became superstars.

Tickets for Hippest Trip are available online.