Erin Mackey, Tom Hewitt, Chuck Cooper, Chris Hoch Will Join Josh Young in Premiere of New Musical Amazing Grace
By Andrew Gans
Broadway In Chicago has announced additional principal casting for the world premiere of Amazing Grace, the new musical that will begin performances at Chicago's Bank of America Theatre Oct. 9 prior to an official opening Oct. 19.
Directed by Gabriel Barre and choreographed by Tony Award winner Christopher Gattelli, performances are scheduled through Nov. 2.
Joining the previously announced Tony nominee Josh Young are Erin Mackey, Tony nominee Tom Hewitt, Tony winner Chuck Cooper, Chris Hoch, Stanley Bahorek, Harriett D. Foy and Laiona Michelle.
Amazing Grace features music and lyrics by Christopher Smith and a book by Smith and Arthur Giron. "Based on the awe-inspiring true story behind the world’s most beloved song," the musical, according to press notes, is described as "a captivating tale of romance, rebellion and redemption… [that] follows one man whose incredible journey ignited a historic wave of change.
"John Newton (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 – and embracing the more compassionate views of his childhood sweetheart. But when a perilous voyage on the high seas finds John in his darkest hour, a transformative moment of self-reckoning inspires a blazing anthem of hope that will finally guide him home."
Amazing Grace is produced by Carolyn Rossi Copeland and presented by Broadway In Chicago.
Group tickets for 10 or more are now on sale by calling Broadway In Chicago Group Sales at (312) 977-1710. Individual tickets will go on sale at a later date. For more information visit www.BroadwayInChicago.com.
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