Josh Young, Laura Michelle Kelly, et al. Set for AMAZING GRACE Reading, 11/14

Producer Carolyn Rossi Copeland, currently represented Off-Broadway with the hit play Freud's Last Session, has assembled a starry cast for the upcoming special invitational presentation of the original new musical AMAZING GRACE, with music & lyrics by Christopher Smith and book by Mr. Smith & Arthur Giron, on Monday, November 14th at the New 42nd Street Studios. This will be only the second public reading of AMAZING GRACE, which has been in development for the past three years. Under the direction of Gabriel Barre, the cast will feature Josh Young (Judas in Broadway's upcoming Jesus Christ Superstar) as John Newton, Laura Michelle Kelly (Olivier Award winner for Mary Poppins), Jeff McCarthy (Urinetown, Side Show), Alan H. Green (Sister Act, Spelling Bee), Chris Hoch (Spamalot, Shrek), and Harriett D. Foy (Mamma Mia!)

AMAZING GRACE is an epic musical love story based on the life and trials of John Newton, the former abusive slave-trader who authored the world's most recognized song. The story is told from the point of view of his childhood friend Mary Catlett, the woman who never lost faith in him and whose love, courage and unshakable conviction helped to transform his life. Their journey, from the depths of Newton's despair through finding the meaning of their own existence, will lead them to love, heartbreak and an epic quest to end the scourge of slavery. AMAZING GRACE encompasses everything from triumphant anthems to heart rending ballads all set within a love story which transcends time and distance.

Also featured in the cast of AMAZING GRACE are Laiona Michelle, Jake Boyd, Rheaume Crenshaw, Melanie Czaykowsky, Struan Erlenborn, Hayley Feinstein, Aaron Galligan-Stierle, Carly Hughes, Madelyn Jarmon, Allen Kendall, Kevin Smith Kirkwood, Sarah Knapp, Marla Mindelle, Erick Pinnick, Dan Sharkey, Sasha Sloan, Ian Michael Stuart, Zachary Unger, Paul Michael Valley, Jason Veasey, Charles E. Wallace, Elizabeth Ward Land, and Christopher Wood. Music Supervisor for AMAZING GRACE is Kimberly Grigsby.

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