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Amazing Grace - 2014 - Chicago


AMAZING GRACE is a pre-Broadway 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 (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 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.

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.


PrivateBank Theatre

(Chicago, IL)
18 West Monroe Street
Chicago, IL 60603


by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2020
Jacqueline Goldfinger and Allison Horsley have a combined 40+ years experience in creating compelling, engaging stories in the worlds of theatre, film, and commerce, shaping messages that move and entertain. Now, Goldfinger and Horsley are launching MOVING ARTS CONSULTING, a brand new firm that aims to assist organizations, both large and small, in creating ideal scripts and messaging for a variety of industry and artistic applications.
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2020
Arizona Theatre Company (ATC) and Artistic Director Sean Daniels will partner with Florida Studio Theatre (FST) in developing a new play, Tampa, as part of The Playwrights Project, FST's newly launched artistic initiative featuring 32 of the nation's top playwrights, sketch comedy writers and musical theatre developers.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2020
The John W. Engeman Theater announces the cast and creative team for SISTER ACT. Performances begin on Thursday, March 19 and run through Sunday, May 3, 2020.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2020
The world premiere of Ass, a comedy by successful playwright and screen writer Ellen Simon, opens at PIONEER THEATRE COMPANY (PTC) on MARCH 27 and runs through APRIL 11, 2020. 
by BWW News Desk - Mar 3, 2020
Deer Valley Music Festival Principal Conductor Conner Gray Covington and Utah Symphony | Utah Opera (USUO) Interim President & CEO Patricia A. Richards today announced the lineup for the Utah Symphony's 2020 Deer Valley Music Festival in Park City, Utah. The six-week, 19-concert music festival begins on Friday, July 3, 2020 and runs through Wednesday, August 12, 2020. Subscriptions, group and VIP tickets are on sale now. Single-concert tickets go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at 12 PM (MDT) at, 801-533-NOTE (801-533-6683) and through ArtTix outlets.
by Stage Tube - Mar 25, 2020
Today, BroadwayWorld celebrates the birthday of the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 2, 2020
Company is officially in previews on Broadway!  Following the engagement in London's West End, the new production of Sondheim and George Furth's landmark American musical, Company, directed by two-time Tony Award® winner Marianne Elliott comes to Broadway starring Tony and Grammy Award® winner Katrina Lenk as Bobbie and two-time Tony Award and two-time Grammy Award winner Patti LuPone as Joanne.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 2, 2020
State Theatre New Jersey presents global musical sensation, Celtic Woman on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 8pm. This performance is part of their Celebration tour as the group celebrates 15 years of music-making as the most successful all-female group in Irish history. Tickets range from $49-$99.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2020
Broadway actress and Bestselling author Leslie Becker (Bonnie & Clyde, Anything Goes, Amazing Grace) is hosting a FREE ONLINE WEBINAR titled How To Survive & Thrive in Uncertain Times, designed specifically for actors, artists and creatives on Saturday, March 21.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2020
Laiona Michelle, writer and star of the critically acclaimed LITTLE GIRL BLUE: THE NINA SIMONE MUSICAL, which enjoyed a record-breaking sold-out run in 2019, will return to George Street Playhouse for one night only on Thursday, March 19th at 7:30 pm. AN EVENING WITH LAIONA MICHELLE, at George Street's new home in the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center, will celebrate the music of Nina Simone and classic Broadway.  
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2020
The City of Tygerberg Choir, Nelson Mandela Artillery Pipes and Drums with the Albion Dance school are performing a sunset Concert at the Castle of Good Hope. Please bring your chairs and picnic and come and enjoy a truly unique experience in the Castle.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2020
Today Wolverhampton Grand announced that the Grammy award winning SOWETO GOSPEL CHOIR will make their Grand Theatre debut on Sunday 25 October 2020.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 9, 2020
Deer Valley® Music Festival Principal Conductor Conner Gray Covington and Utah Symphony | Utah Opera (USUO) Interim President & CEO Patricia A. Richards today announced ten Utah Symphony performances for the 2021 Deer Valley® Music Festival, which is scheduled to run from July 2, 2021 through August 7, 2021 in Park City, Utah.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2020
Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts is pleased to announce that Richard Kind will host this year's 29th Annual Summer Gala, A Starry Night, which will be streamed online on and other live stream platforms on Wednesday, July 22, at 8 p.m., with a red carpet preshow beginning at 7:30 p.m.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2020
The Philly POPS announced today the details of its first-ever streamed performance, July 3's POPS on Independence, part of Wawa Welcome America's Independence Week activities.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2020
The Philly POPS announced todaya??its performances in the 2020 Wawa Welcome America virtual festival, which include the annual POPS on Independence performance, now planned as a virtual stream, and a performance from The Philly POPS BIG Band in the City's Celebration of Freedom Ceremony. 
by Stephen Mosher - Jun 12, 2020
Elizabeth Ward Land Releases Quarantine Music Video Of STILL WITHIN THE SOUND OF MY VOICE In Broadway World Exclusive
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2020
Mile Square Theatre, Hudson County, NJ's leading professional theatre, brings its 17th annual celebration of theatre and baseball into living rooms and bleacher seats all across the country with 7th Inning Stretch: from the dugout.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 8, 2020
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra kicks off a digital 'Summer with the Symphony' season on Monday, July 6, presenting six weeks of musical offerings throughout its digital platforms, all available free to the public.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 8, 2020
The last two albums recorded by Broadway legend Carol Channing will be digitally reissued on July 10 via Time Life: 'For Heaven's Sake,' a collection of classic spiritual songs originally released on CD in 2009, and 'True to the Red, White & Blue' (2011), bringing a combined total of 29 tracks to all major streaming platforms for fans to enjoy.
by Student Blogger: Hope Johnson - Jul 8, 2020
Here is a collection of things to spark your passion for theatre again, and get through this time. 
by BWW Features - Jul 7, 2020
Members of the company at Soul Rep Theatre in Dallas have written an exclusive article for BroadwayWorld. The article speaks to the company's struggle, triumphs, contributions to North Texas' artistic landscape, and more, as it prepares to enter its 25th anniversary season this fall.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2020
New York Theatre Barn will continue to host weekly free live streams of its New Works Series each Wednesday evening at 7PM ET. Upcoming July installments of the series include excerpts from the new musicals Francois and the Rebels, Forget Me Not, A Crossing, American Morning, Tenn and more.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2020
The State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, PA, has announced part of the 94th Season with new shows running January - June, 2021. Tickets for the new season will go on sale to State Theatre Members on Tuesday August 4, to the public on Wednesday, August 12th.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2020
New York Theatre Barn will host a free live stream of its New Works Series on Wednesday, July 22nd, 2020 at 7PM EDT, featuring excerpts from the new musicals Tenn and ¡Americano!. The 45-minute presentation will also feature a conversation with the creators of the new musicals.
by Stage Tube - Jul 16, 2020
This week's episode will feature Devanand Janki, founder of Live & In Color. Located in Salem, CT, Live & In Color develops new works that celebrate diversity, emphasizing non-traditional casting and multi-ethnic participants.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2020
Fustercluck Music Productions has been founded by Keith Levenson (Musical Director/Conductor of The Bridges of Madison County and Amazing Grace; conductor: Tony® and Grammy® Award winning Dreamgirls) and Gilgamesh Taggett (Oliver Warbucks in Annie; Shrek in Shrek the Musical, Satan/Warm Up Guy in Jerry Springer the Opera).
by Stephi Wild - Jul 13, 2020
While Broadway remains shut down, BroadwayWorld is keeping up with your favorite stars and giving you a peek at what they have been up to! Check out this weekend's highlights from some of your favorites, including Billy Porter, Ariana DeBose, Ramin Karimloo, and more!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2020
Family, friends and hundreds of fans gathered yesterday at World Outreach Church in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, to pay their respects to country and southern rock icon Charlie Daniels.
by Stage Tube - Jul 11, 2020
Ramin Karimloo took to YouTube to post a cover of 'Amazing Grace' on his acoustic guitar.
by Cindy Sibilsky - Feb 7, 2020
Winter in New York City is not known for being particularly steamy (though the unseasonably mild weather this year gives one reason to pause), but there is always Complexions Contemporary Ballet's season at the Joyce Theater to turn up the heat to a feverish, sweltering boiling point! For the 26th season, the company revived recent seminal works -- Bach 25 and Woke -- alongside favorites spanning from 1994 to a brand new solo in Essential Parts, which acted as a 'Greatest Hits' compilation for the ever-evolving, always revolutionary dance troupe. This year also marked the World Premiere of their latest exploration of the full canon of a particular musician's oeuvre -- Love Rocks featuring the music of the iconic Grammy-winning rockstar, Lenny Kravitz. For patrons unable to attend all programs, FOMO (fear of missing out) syndrome is understandable, but for those who are highly familiar with the group's work or only getting their first taste, Program C -- which featured the latter two mentioned -- was the most delectable sampling of Complexions offerings old and new. The fascinating thing about such juxtapositions is that, in seeing the latest creations from 2020 side-by-side with choreography premiered in the early 1990s, it is remarkable to note how the level of innovation, depth of emotion and current relevance remains the same. It's a reminder that timeliness and timelessness can coexist, given the right mediums and masters. The genius of legendary Co-Founders, Co-Artistic Directors Desmond Richard and Dwight Rhoden (also the Principal Choreographer) cannot be underestimated. Indeed, it has not. They have both achieved phenomenal success and longevity, been lauded as trailblazers and received numerous accolades from peers, critics and audiences alike since they burst on the dance scene. It's no wonder that they have utilized the music of David Bowie, Stevie Wonder, Kendrick Lamar and Lenny Kravitz to tell their stories through bodies in motion -- they are rockstars themselves!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2020
Creative Cauldron will present its first production of 2020, Crowns, February 13 - March 8, written by Regina Taylor and adapted from the book by Michael Cunningham and Craig Mayberry. When a Brooklyn teen goes to live in South Carolina after the death of her brother she learns the beauty, ceremony and symbolism of hat-wearing from her resilient, southern sisters. This musical draws from the roots of gospel music and traditions of greater African-American Diaspora to weave an inter-generational story of love, joy, and redemption. Crowns has played throughout the country to acclaim, including a sold out run at Arena Stage. Directed by Kara Tameika Watkins and Ian Anthony Coleman, with musical direction by Cedric Lyles. Crowns will be presented at Creative Cauldron, 410 S Maple Ave, Falls Church VA 22046 from February 13 to March 8. Performances are Thursdays at 7:30 PM, Fridays at 7:30 PM, Saturdays at 7:30 PM, and Sundays at 2:00 PM & 7:00 PM. Press night is Saturday, February 15th, 2020 at 7:30 PM. Please RSVP by Wednesday, February 12th.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2020
The Music Center named 113 of Southern California's most talented high school students as semifinalists in The Music Center's 32nd annual Spotlight (Spotlight) program, a free nationally acclaimed scholarship and arts training program for teens. Since its launch in 1988, Spotlight has transformed the lives of 49,000 students across Southern California by being more than just a competition. An important part of The Music Center's fundamental support for arts education, the arts training program provides students the opportunity to develop their performance abilities, learn about careers in arts management and receive valuable college preparedness and workforce readiness skills to pursue their dreams in the performing arts. This year, nearly 1,400 teens representing more than 260 schools, 198 cities and eight counties auditioned for the prestigious program.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 25, 2020
In celebration of Black History Month 2020, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas honored seven creative visionaries for their contributions in arts and entertainment. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors presented scrolls to Actress, Choreographer, and Television Director Debbie Allen; Actor Wren Brown; Actor and Artistic Director Ben Guillory; LA Poet Laureate Robin Coste Lewis; Actress, Author, and Activist Sheryl Lee Ralph; Actress Wendy Raquel Robinson; and Lula Washington Dance Theatre Founder and Director Lula Washington.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2020
North Carolina Theatre has announced casting for its upcoming production of Memphis, playing March 24-29, 2020 at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh. North Carolina Theatre's production will be directed and choreographed by Broadway performer Robert Hartwell, and Eric Woodall is NC Theatre's producing artistic director.
by TV News Desk - Feb 19, 2020
The Woodstock Film Festival announced today that pioneering film distributor Tom Quinn, CEO and Founder of NEON, will be the recipient of the 2020 Honorary Trailblazer Award. Quinn was chosen for his commitment towards taking bold, creative risks through acquiring and distributing films that exist outside of cookie-cutter Hollywood conventions, like Bong Joon Ho's PARASITE, which made history last Sunday with four Academy Awards®, becoming the first non-English-language film to claim best picture.  
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2020
Chloë Agnew, an original member of CELTIC WOMAN, the most successful all-female group in Irish history, has rejoined the group as a special guest artist for CELEBRATION - THE 15th ANNIVERSARY TOUR. The tour will visit more than 80 North American cities including Cleveland at Playhouse Square on April 10. Tickets are now on sale now.
by TV News Desk - Feb 14, 2020
He Is We's new single 'Amazing Grace' is out today on all digital outlets. This is the first single release since 2018 for Rachel Taylor. The song is a romantic pop anthem that you will be singing along to immediately. This is also the first release through InVogue Records.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 11, 2020
Prospect Theater Company has announced the performing artists involved in the company's 2020 Musical Theater Lab, MOVE MEANT. The lab's culminating presentations are Monday and Tuesday Feb. 17th and 18th at 7:00pm at The Ailey Citigroup Theater, The Joan Weill Center for Dance (405 West 55th St. at 9th Ave.)
by Cara Joy David - Feb 11, 2020
Performances begin tonight for The Shakespeare Theatre Company mounting of THE AMEN CORNER, James Baldwin's classic parable of passion and perseverance, at Sidney Harman Hall (610 F St. NW) in Washington, D.C.. The production will run from February 11-March 15, 2020. 
by Stage Tube - Apr 4, 2020
A touching video has been released for a nursed singing 'Amazing Grace' for her colleagues at a staff meeting, as they prepared to continue treating patients amidst the current health crisis.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 30, 2020
As California continues to remain a?oeSafer at Homea?? and follow social distancing guidelines, The Music Center announced today that its 32nd annual Music Center Spotlight Grand Finale (Spotlight) performance will take place as a virtual event and benefit, premiering on May 30, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time on The Music Center's website at
by BWW News Desk - Apr 30, 2020
He Is We's latest single 'Amazing Grace' will be getting the acoustic treatment with the release of 'Amazing Grace (Stripped)' on May 15th.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2020
This past Saturday evening, April 18, Bay Area arts supporters gathered for a live stream event to celebrate Berkeley Repertory Theatre and to honor actor, writer, and teacher Anna Deavere Smith for her many creative achievements and her tremendous influence on the American theatre.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2020
The North Charleston POPS! announced the 2020-2021 season concerts today. The orchestra's ninth season features something for everyone. he shows are: LOVE ITALIAN STYLE (celebration of Italian music favorites) on Saturday, September 12; LOVE, PEACE & PATRIOTISM (music of the Woodstock Era) on Saturday and more.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2020
On April 12, Italian tenor and global music icon Andrea Bocelli gave a solo performance at the historic Duomo, the cathedral of Milan, Italy. Now, according to Deadline, the performance will be airing on PBS channels this week. The special will be titled, Andrea Bocelli: Music for Hope, A Great Performances Special.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2020
On Easter Sunday (April 12), in a moment that made the world stand still, Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli broke multiple records with an emotionally-charged solo performance, streamed exclusively live via YouTube from the Duomo in Milan.
by Stephen Mosher - Apr 14, 2020
Tony Winner Linda Lavin has a new CD out and it is one musical bullseye after another.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2020
The North Charleston POPS! will present a Virtual Concert to uplift the spirits of the Lowcountry on Saturday, April 18, 2020 at 7:30 PM. The short concert, conducted by Maestro Nick Palmer, will feature all the members of the North Charleston POPS! orchestra, performing two familiar and highly emotional works in this virtual presentation.
by TV News Desk - Apr 13, 2020
There are singer-songwriters, and there are troubadours. Singer-songwriters are sensitive, polished souls, sharing their journal entries with the world, whereas troubadours do their best just to stay out of jail.