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Amazing Grace - 2015 - Broadway

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.

Schedule

Running Time: Two hours and 30 minutes, with one intermission

Nederlander Theatre (Broadway)

(New York, NY)
208 W. 41st St. Seating Chart

Featured Reviews For Amazing Grace


Aisle View: Fall from Grace - Huffington Post
Amazing Grace earns a place right alongside the Aimee Semple McPherson musical, Scandalous, and the Shroud of Turin musical, Into the Light; not because of the faith-based subject matter, but due to the overall effect. There is nothing wrong with bringing to Broadway a new musical written by a newcomer; both The Music Man and 1776 came from first-timers, although both were professional musicians with pop song hits to their credit (and both had composed incidental music for Broadway plays). In this case, the program bio of Christopher Smith--"the concept creator, composer, lyricist and co-author of the book"--proudly states that this is his "first work of professional writing." While there is indeed a lightning strike on the stage of Nederlander, it comes courtesy of the electrician.

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 BWW News Desk - October 25, 2015
To celebrate the show's time on Broadway, we're flashing back to its road to the Great White Way!
by BWW News Desk - October 25, 2015
Amazing Grace, the new musical playing at Broadway's Nederlander Theatre (208 West 41st Street), will play its final performance on Sunday, October 25. On that date, the show will have played 24 preview performances and 114 regular performances.
by Jeffrey Ellis - October 23, 2015
This will probably be an emotional weekend for Savannah Frazier as the curtain comes down on Amazing Grace, the Musical, the show in which the Nashville native made her Broadway debut. Closing after its final performance at the Nederlander Theatre on Sunday, Amazing Grace gave Frazier her biggest exposure to date in New York and with its closing she heads onward - and we daresay upward - in her pursuit of musical theater dreams.
by BWW News Desk - October 23, 2015
The producers of Amazing Grace just announced that DMI Soundtracks will record the Broadway cast album of Amazing Grace on Monday, November 2nd. The album will be available in January, 2016. The recording will be produced and engineered by six-time Grammy Award winner Frank Filipetti. The tracklist for the digital album and CD is as follows:
by Michael Dale - October 22, 2015
AMAZING GRACE is Harriet D. Foy's fourth Broadway production, but the first in which she has created a role. 
by Michael Dale - October 20, 2015
'I've never been in a show that moved people quite like this.'
by Michael Dale - October 15, 2015
Chuck Cooper became a Broadway star playing a heartless pimp in THE LIFE, but seeing the audience's reaction and the end of AMAZING GRACE often moves him to tears.
by BWW News Desk - October 12, 2015
Amazing Grace, the new musical playing at Broadway's Nederlander Theatre (208 West 41st Street), will play its final performance on Sunday, October 25. On that date, the show will have played 24 preview performances and 114 regular performances.
by Michael Dale - October 10, 2015
'The six year journey of this show has been an honor and a privilege to be a part of.'
by BWW Staff - October 9, 2015
Welcome to THE FRIDAY SIX: Q&As with your favorite Broadway stars. Want to know what hooked them to a career in the theater? Their dream roles? Their Broadway crushes? Read on! In this week's edition, we caught up with Laiona Michelle, who stars as 'Nanna' in Amazing Grace, currently playing at the NederlanderTheatre.
by BWW Staff - October 8, 2015
Welcome to THE FRIDAY SIX: Q&As with your favorite Broadway stars. Want to know what hooked them to a career in the theater? Their dream roles? Their Broadway crushes? Read on! In this week's edition, we caught up with Harriett D Foy, who stars as 'Princess Peyai' in Amazing Grace, currently playing at the NederlanderTheatre.
by Michael Dale - October 8, 2015
'There's nothing like going to the stage door and meeting all of the other 'Nannas' out there and knowing that I gave a voice to so many people who don't have a voice.'
by BWW News Desk - October 8, 2015
Tonight, October 8th, BROADWAY SESSIONS welcomes cast members from AMAZING GRACE.
by Michael Dale - October 2, 2015
'It's the story of all of us...It will change your life.'
by Michael Dale - September 26, 2015
Audience members, some moved to tears, stand and sing along after every performance of AMAZING GRACE
by Michael Dale - September 21, 2015
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.
by BWW Staff - September 18, 2015
In this week's edition, we caught up with Chris Hoch, who stars as 'Major Archibald Gray' in Amazing Grace, currently playing at the NederlanderTheatre.
by BWW News Desk - September 16, 2015
BroadwayWorld has learned that AMAZING GRACE, the new musical playing at Broadway's Nederlander Theatre (208 West 41st Street), will play its final performance on Sunday, October 25. On that date, the show will have played 24 preview performances and 114 regular performances. Good news, though -- a national tour of the production is being planned by Troika Entertainment, with more details to be announced!
by Michael Dale - September 11, 2015
A lovely moment for this day of remembrance.