Complete Casting Announced for Broadway-Bound Musical Amazing Grace, Starring Josh Young | Playbill

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News Complete Casting Announced for Broadway-Bound Musical Amazing Grace, Starring Josh Young Broadway In Chicago has announced complete casting for the world premiere of the Broadway-bound new musical Amazing Grace, which will begin previews Oct. 9 at Chicago’s Bank of America Theatre prior to an official opening Oct. 19.

Josh Young
Josh Young

The new musical, which will continue in Chicago through Nov. 2, has music and lyrics by Christopher Smith and a book by Smith and Arthur Giron. Gabriel Barre will direct with choreography by Tony winner Christopher Gattelli.

The cast will be headed by the previously announced Tony nominee Josh Young, Erin Mackey, Tony nominee Tom Hewitt, Tony winner Chuck Cooper, Chris Hoch, Stanley Bahorek, Harriett D. Foy and Laiona Michelle.

The newly announced ensemble will feature Marija Abney, Leslie Becker, Sara Brophy, Rheaume Crenshaw, Miquel Edson, Mike Evariste, Sean Ewing, Rachael Ferrera, Savannah Frazier, Christopher Gurr, Abdur-Rahim Jackson, Allen Kendall, Elizabeth Ward Land, Michael Dean Morgan, 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.

Produced by Carolyn Rossi Copeland and presented by Broadway In Chicago, Amazing Grace, according to press notes, is a "world premiere 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 (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 (Erin Mackey)." 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 to the general public Aug. 1.

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