Broadway's Amazing Grace Sets Date for Cast Album Release; Tour Planned

News   Broadway's Amazing Grace Sets Date for Cast Album Release; Tour Planned The Broadway musical Amazing Grace, which closed Oct. 25, 2015, at the Nederlander Theatre, has been recorded by DMI Soundtracks and will be released in digital and CD formats on Feb. 26.

The recording was originally announced for a January release.

Produced and engineered for records by six-time Grammy Award winner Frank Filipetti, the album will begin taking digital download pre-orders starting Feb. 12 at AmazingGraceMusical.com.

A national tour of the musical is currently being booked by Columbia Artists and will be produced by Troika Entertainment. Cast, dates and cities have not yet been announced.

The new musical that tells the story of the tumultuous life of the man who composed the hymn "Amazing Grace," opened July 16 to mixed reviews. When it closed, it had played 24 previews and 114 regular performances.

Harriett D. Foy, Josh Young and cast
Harriett D. Foy, Josh Young and cast

Amazing Grace was written by newcomer Christopher Smith, a self-taught musician who was a former police officer and a youth outreach and education director in Pennsylvania. "For Me, There's No Going Back" — Meet the Police Officer-Turned-Songwriter Who Wrote Amazing Grace

In addition to the title song, the show has music and lyrics by Smith, who co-wrote the book with Arthur Giron.

Directed by Gabriel Barre (Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party) and choreographed by Tony Award winner Christopher Gattelli (Newsies), the cast was 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.

The track-listing follows:

"Prologue"
"Truly Alive"
"Auction"
"Someone Who Hears"
"Yema's Song"
"Voices Of The Angels"
"We Are Determined"
"Never"
"Shadows of Innocence"
"Expectations"
"The Battle/The Drowning"
"African Welcome Song"
"Sing on High"
"Tell Me Why"
"A Chance for Me"
"Nowhere Left to Run"
"Daybreak"
"I Still Believe"
"Testimony"
"I Will Remember"
"Nothing There To Love"
"Amazing Grace"

The new musical arrived on Broadway after an out-of-town Chicago try-out last fall. The musical struggled at the box office since previews began June 25.

The ensemble featured 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 included 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) and Joseph Church (music director, arranger, incidental music).

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

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