The Verdict: Read Reviews for New Broadway Musical Amazing Grace

The Verdict   The Verdict: Read Reviews for New Broadway Musical Amazing Grace The new Broadway musical Amazing Grace, which played a sold-out world premiere in Chicago, officially opened July 16 at the Nederlander Theatre. Tony nominee Josh Young stars in the story of faith that marks the Broadway debut of first-time songwriter Christopher Smith.
Josh Young and Erin Mackey in <i>Amazing Grace</i>
Josh Young and Erin Mackey in Amazing Grace Photo by Joan Marcus

Directed by Gabriel Barre (Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party) and choreographed by Tony Award winner Christopher Gattelli (Newsies), the cast is headed by Tony nominee Josh Young, Tony nominee Tom Hewitt, Erin Mackey, Tony Award winner Chuck Cooper, Chris Hoch, Stanley Bahorek, Harriett D. Foy, Laiona Michelle, Rachael Ferrera and Elizabeth Ward Land.

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The new musical has music and lyrics by Christopher Smith and a book by Christopher Smith and Arthur Giron.

The critics are filing their reviews, and Playbill.com is updating them as they come in.

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Previews began June 25.

 

 

The ensemble features Leslie Becker, Sara Brophy, Rheaume Crenshaw, Miquel Edson, Mike Evariste, Sean Ewing, Savannah Frazier, Christopher Gurr, Allen Kendall, Michael Dean Morgan, Vince Oddo, Oneika Phillips, Clifton Samuels, Gavriel Savit, Dan Sharkey, Bret Shuford, Evan Alexander Smith, Uyoata Udi, Charles E. Wallace, Toni Elizabeth White and Hollie E. Wright.

Amazing Grace is described as a "new original musical based on the awe-inspiring true story behind the world’s most beloved song. A captivating tale of romance, rebellion and redemption, this radiant production follows one man whose incredible journey ignited a historic wave of change. John Newton (Tony Award nominee Josh Young), a willful and musically talented young Englishman, faces a future as uncertain as the turning tide. Coming of age as Britain sits atop an international empire of slavery, he finds himself torn between following in the footsteps of his father – a slave trader – or embracing the more compassionate views of his childhood sweetheart (Erin Mackey). Accompanied by his slave, Thomas (Tony Award winner Chuck Cooper), John embarks on a perilous voyage on the high seas. When that journey finds John in his darkest hour, a transformative moment of self-reckoning inspires a blazing anthem of hope that will finally guide him home."

The creative team also includes Eugene Lee and Edward Pierce (scenic design), Toni-Leslie James (costume design), Ken Billington and Paul Miller (lighting design), Jon Weston (sound design), Robert–Charles Vallance (hair design), David Leong (fight and military movement), Gillian Lane-Plescia (dialect coach), Kenny Seymour (orchestrations), Michael Keller (music coordinator), Joseph Church (music director, arranger, incidental music) and McCorkle Casting LTD (casting).

Amazing Grace is produced by Carolyn Rossi Copeland and Alexander Rankin.

Tickets for Amazing Grace are on sale via Ticketmaster.com or by calling (877) 250-2929. Ticket prices range from $65-$139 (all prices include a $2.00 facility fee).


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