R&B, Blues, Soul & Stax

Stax Records to Get Broadway Treatment


Concord Music Group and Academy Award-nominated and GRAMMY Award-winning producer Stuart Benjamin have begun development of a musical production based on the dramatic story of iconic soul music label Stax Records.  The book will be written by Matthew Benjamin with a Spring 2016 Broadway premiere target.

The Stax Records saga—from its beginning in an old movie theater on East McLemore Avenue in Memphis, Tennessee, to its extraordinary rise as an international hit-making machine—is an indispensable chapter in American musical history.  Amid the civil rights-era racial strife and deep-seated tensions of the late '50s and '60s, Stax’s integrated artist roster and staff fundamentally shaped American soul music, spawning the careers of legendary recording artists, songwriters and producers, including Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, Booker T. & the M.G.’s, The Staple Singers, Albert King, Johnnie Taylor, Eddie Floyd, William Bell, David Porter, Rufus and Carla Thomas, and Steve Cropper.