The incredible true story behind the beloved song, Amazing Grace The Musical is heading to the Keith Albee Performing Arts Center in Huntington, WV thanks to the Marshall Artist Series on Tuesday, February 20th, 2018. This production features music and lyrics by Christopher Smith and a book by Smith and Arthur Giron.

Performance Date: Tuesday, February 20th, 2018 at 7:30 P.M.

Location: Keith Albee Performing Arts Center, 925 4th Avenue, Huntington, WV 25701

Ticket Price: $97.87/$81.50/$70.58/$64.04 - Tickets are available online through Ticketmaster, as well as the Joan C. Edwards Playhouse on the Marshall University Campus. Box office hours are Monday through Friday, 12:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.

Contact Information: You can contact the Marshall Artist Series via phone at (304) 696-6656 or e-mail at

This production, direct from its Broadway run, tells the spectacular true story of what inspired the lyrics to the much beloved "hymn of hymns," Amazing Grace. Watch as John Newton, a former slave ship owner, joins the abolition movement and begins a journey that inspired the anthem of hope and redemption that is so well known today.

John, facing uncertain times, is unsure whether to follow in his father's footsteps by taking over the family business or to follow his heart and continue his musical education, much to the dismay of his childhood sweetheart, Mary Catlett. Conflicted, John sets out on a journey with his slave, Thomas, accompanying him. Soon his ship is attacked by hooded abolitionists, who aid in the slaves' escape, leaving John humiliated. With his father, Captain Newton, angry at him and refusing to help, John directs his newfound rage toward aiding the abolitionist movement. During his darkest hour, John experiences a moment of self-realization which inspires a blazing hope that helps guide him home. A powerful tale of romance, rebellion, and ultimately redemption, Amazing Grace the Musical captures the essence of one of history's sweetest and most powerful sounds: freedom.

This performance of Amazing Grace the Musical is sponsored by Farrell White and Legg, West Virginia Lottery, West Virginia Department of Education & the Arts - Office of the Secretary, The Touma Foundation, WV Higher Education Policy Commission, Chase Bank, Intercultural Affairs at Marshall University, Marsha Slater Insurance, WTCR, B97, WSAZ, The Herald-Dispatch, and Marshall University.

Richard Allen is a Broadway World contributing Editor for WV and writes about local theatre. You can contact Richard at

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