VIDEO: Composer/Lyricist Brian Lowdermilk Interviews His #MusicalBFF, AMAZING GRACE's Josh Young
In a fun and informal video for NewMusicalTheatre.com composer/lyricist Brian Lowdermilk (HENRY AND MUDGE, THE UNAUTHORIZED AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF SAMANTHA BROWN, both in collaboration with Kait Kerrigan) shares some memories with his boyhood buddy, Josh Young, currently starring on Broadway in Amazing Grace. These self-proclaimed MusicalBFFs, chat about meeting at Young People's Theatre Workshop, using "Run Away With Me" as an audition song and being cast as a roller-skating rapper in THE WOMAN UPSTAIRS. They even improvise a theme song for the occasion.
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.