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Theater Review: Amazing Grace, Too Sweet, Unsound - Vulture
Amazing Grace, a new musical purporting to tell the story of the 18th-century British abolitionist John Newton, is the "first work of professional writing" by Christopher Smith, a 45-year-old former police officer from suburban Philadelphia. (He wrote the music and lyrics himself and co-wrote the book with the more experienced playwright Arthur Giron.) What he has somehow gotten produced, and offered with good intentions to Broadway audiences and critics, is the equivalent of a child's drawing: naïve, sincere, glowing with an unimpeachable if hard-to-pin-down vision of what it wants to be. (I'd guess that it wants to be a Christian family entertainment with a bold message about the power of redemption.) It is also a confusing cartoon so lacking in craft that it ruins any chance of being taken seriously. Certainly it can't be recommended as history; it's riddled with falsehoods that alone would sink it. But it also fails as musical theater, on two counts: the music and the theater.

Amazing Grace - TimeOut NY
Sadly, a complete showbiz neophyte decided to turn it into a Les Miz-style melodrama, and the crude result has been buffed to a high sheen by a talented cast and crew with $16 million at their disposal. If only some of that filthy lucre had gone to script doctors and ghostwriters instead...As Newton, Josh Young has a sterling, ringing tenor, but his character is annoyingly passive and shrill. The majestic Chuck Cooper brings every ounce of humor and dignity to bear on his invented role, the servant Thomas, steering it a hairsbreadth away from Magical Negro territory. Amazing Grace may be based on historical persons and events, but but in this case, truth is more compelling than fiction...Personally, I expect poetic license in the theater, but I expect it to serve a strong artistic or political vision. Amazing Grace has neither.


 

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by BroadwayWorld TV - July 14, 2015
AMAZING GRACE 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 will open on Thursday, July 16 at the Nederlander Theatre (208 West 41st Street). BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below!
by BWW News Desk - July 8, 2015
AMAZING GRACE 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 will open on Thursday, July 16 at the Nederlander Theatre (208 West 41st Street). BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast onstage below!
by Pat Cerasaro - June 26, 2015
AMAZING GRACE is now in previews!
by BWW News Desk - June 25, 2015
Broadway's new musical Amazing Grace begins previews tonight, June 25, 2015 at Broadway's Nederlander Theatre (208 West 41st Street) with an opening slated for Thursday, July 16.
by Jennifer Broski - June 17, 2015
Rehearsals are currently underway for Broadway's new musical Amazing Grace, which will play Broadway's Nederlander Theatre (208 West 41st Street) with performances beginning Thursday, June 25 for a Thursday, July 16 opening night. Serendipity 3 (225 E 60th St, between 2nd & 3rd Ave.) just unveiled their Amazing Grace Sweet Freedom Sundae and some of the cast was on hand for the special event. BroadwayWorld brings you photos below!
by Pati Buehler - June 9, 2015
From a Tony nomination in 2012 for Jesus Christ Superstar to the premiere of a new musical AMAZING GRACE seems like Josh Young is having great experiences in the Big Apple.
by Walter McBride - June 3, 2015
Rehearsals are currently underway for Broadway's new musical Amazing Grace, which will play Broadway's Nederlander Theatre (208 West 41st Street) with performances beginning Thursday, June 25 for a Thursday, July 16 opening night. 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 Ferrera and Elizabeth Ward Land. The company just gave a special sneak peek of the new musical and you can check out photos below!
by Walter McBride - June 3, 2015
Rehearsals are currently underway for Broadway's new musical Amazing Grace, which will play Broadway's Nederlander Theatre (208 West 41st Street) with performances beginning Thursday, June 25 for a Thursday, July 16 opening night. 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 Ferrera and Elizabeth Ward Land. The company just gave a special sneak peek of the new musical and you can check out photos below!
by TV - Press Previews - June 3, 2015
Rehearsals are currently underway for Broadway's new musical Amazing Grace, which will play Broadway's Nederlander Theatre (208 West 41st Street) with performances beginning Thursday, June 25 for a Thursday, July 16 opening night. 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 Ferrera and Elizabeth Ward Land. The company just gave a special sneak peek of the new musical and you can check out interviews with the cast and a performance preview below!
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2015
Broadway's new musical Amazing Grace begins rehearsals today. 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 Ferrera and Elizabeth Ward Land.