TWITTER WATCH: SHUFFLE ALONG's Joshua Henry Sings a Bit of AMAZING GRACE
Commanding Broadway actor Joshua Henry may be prepping to star in SHUFFLE ALONG later this season, but on this day of remembrance it's only appropriate to hear his beautiful voice in a few heartfelt bars of the song that inspired the first Broadway musical of the season, AMAZING GRACE.
Broadway's new musical Amazing Grace began previews on June 25, 2015 at Broadway's Nederlander Theatre (208 West 41st Street) and officially opened on Thursday, July 16.
The cast features Tony Award nominee Josh Young, Erin Mackey, Tony Award winner Chuck Cooper, Tom Hewitt,Chris Hoch,Stanley Bahorek, Harriett D. Foy, Laiona Michelle, Rachael Ferreraand Elizabeth Ward Land.
The new musical features music and lyrics by Christopher Smith and a book by Christopher Smith and Arthur Giron, directed by Gabriel Barre (Andrew Lippa's THE WILD PARTY) and choreographed by Tony Award winner Christopher Gattelli (NEWSIES).
Amazing Grace is 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.
Brimming with emotion and adventure, Amazing Grace is an unforgettable musical saga that captures the spirit of history's sweetest and most powerful sound: freedom.