Amazing Grace 2015

Run Time:
Two hours and 30 minutes, with one intermission
Ages: 7+
Opened: July 16, 2015
Closing: October 25, 2015

Amazing Grace - 2015 - Broadway History , Info & More

Nederlander Theatre (Broadway)
208 W. 41st St. New York, NY 10036

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.


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Theater Review: Amazing Grace, Too Sweet, Unsound
5 / 10

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.

Aisle View: Fall from Grace
6 / 10

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 Plays Final Performance on Broadway Today
by Sally Henry Fuller - 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.

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Savannah Frazier from Broadway's AMAZING GRACE
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.

AMAZING GRACE Cast Will Reunite in November to Record Cast Album; Hits Shelves in January
by Nicole Rosky - 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:

STAGE TUBE: SHARE A Moment Of Grace With AMAZING GRACE's Princess Peyai, Harriet D. Foy
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. 

BWW Flashback: AMAZING GRACE Sings Final Song on Broadway Today
by Nicole Rosky - October 25, 2015


To celebrate the show's time on Broadway, we're flashing back to its road to the Great White Way!

STAGE TUBE: AMAZING GRACE's Tom Hewitt Shares A Moment of Grace
by Michael Dale - October 20, 2015


'I've never been in a show that moved people quite like this.'

STAGE TUBE: AMAZING GRACE's Chuck Cooper Shares A Moment of Grace
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.

AMAZING GRACE Enters Final Weeks of Broadway Performances
by Nicole Rosky - 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.

STAGE TUBE: AMAZING GRACE's Elizabeth Ward Land Shares A Moment of Grace
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.'

THE FRIDAY SIX: Q&As with Your Favorite Broadway Stars- AMAZING GRACE's Laiona Michelle
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.

STAGE TUBE: AMAZING GRACE's Laiona Michelle Shares A Moment of Grace
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.'

AMAZING GRACE Cast Members Set for BROADWAY SESSIONS Tonight
by BWW News Desk - October 8, 2015


Tonight, October 8th, BROADWAY SESSIONS welcomes cast members from AMAZING GRACE.

VIDEO: Author/Pastor Dr. David Jeremiah Speaks On Behalf Of AMAZING GRACE
by Michael Dale - October 2, 2015


'It's the story of all of us...It will change your life.'

STAGE TUBE: AMAZING GRACE Company Invites You To Come Sing Their Finale
by Michael Dale - September 26, 2015


Audience members, some moved to tears, stand and sing along after every performance of AMAZING GRACE

THE FRIDAY SIX: Q&As with Your Favorite Broadway Stars- AMAZING GRACE's Harriett D Foy
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.

VIDEO: Composer/Lyricist Brian Lowdermilk Interviews His #MusicalBFF, AMAZING GRACE's Josh Young
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.

THE FRIDAY SIX: Q&As with Your Favorite Broadway Stars- AMAZING GRACE's Chris Hoch
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.

AMAZING GRACE Sets Fall Closing on Broadway; Will Take Its 'Sweet Sound' on Tour
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!

TWITTER WATCH: SHUFFLE ALONG's Joshua Henry Sings a Bit of AMAZING GRACE
by Michael Dale - September 11, 2015


A lovely moment for this day of remembrance.

PHOTO FLASH: Music Legend Judy Collins Visits AMAZING GRACE
by Michael Dale - September 11, 2015


Folk star Judy Collins, who had a hit single of its title song 45 years ago, visits Broadway's AMAZING GRACE.

STAGE TUBE: Stanley Bahorek Quizzes New Yorkers On Their AMAZING GRACE Knowledge
by Michael Dale - August 26, 2015


Can Times Square visitors name the most popular song in history? Do they know who wrote it? Find out!

STAGE TUBE: ABC News Tracks Beginning of New Broadway Musical AMAZING GRACE
by Tyler Peterson - August 25, 2015


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. In honor of the show's opening, ABC News has gone inside the show's long journey to New York - check out the segment below!

VIDEO: The Cast of Broadway's AMAZING GRACE Performs Title Song on 'Tonight'
by Caryn Robbins - August 18, 2015


On last night's TONIGHT SHOW, the cast of Broadway's AMAZING GRACE performed the show's eponymous tune. Check out the appearance below!

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