Tony Nominee Josh Young Will Star in Chicago World Premiere of New Musical Amazing Grace | Playbill

News Tony Nominee Josh Young Will Star in Chicago World Premiere of New Musical Amazing Grace
Broadway In Chicago announced Feb. 4 that the world premiere of the new musical Amazing Grace will play the Bank of America Theatre this fall.

Josh Young
Josh Young

Directed by Gabriel Barre and choreographed by Tony Award winner Christopher Gattelli, the production will begin performances Oct. 9 and play a limited engagement through Nov. 2.

Tony nominee Josh Young (Jesus Christ Superstar) will star as John Newton in the new musical that has music and lyrics by Christopher Smith and a book by Smith and Arthur Giron.

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. 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.

The musical will be part of the next Broadway In Chicago Season. 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

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