Amazing Grace Summary

  • Amazing Grace is 2.5 Hours long, including an intermission of 15 Minutes
  • 8 Shows per week
  • Previews Began: June 25, 2015
  • Opens July 16, 2015
  • Show Closed: October 25, 2015

Amazing Grace is an uplifting new musical arriving on Broadway in summer 2015. The musical premiered in fall 2014 at Chicago’s Bank of America Theatre, where it demonstrated that audiences leave this show inspired and moved. It tells the story of the creation of the song, “Amazing Grace,” which was written around the turn of the 19th century by a man named John Newton, who is played by Josh Young (Judas Iscariot in Jesus Christ Superstar).

Amazing Grace on Broadway Background

Newton was the captain of a slave ship who converted to Christianity and became an abolitionist and Anglican clergyman. The show also represents the perspective of a slave named Thomas, who is played by Chuck Cooper (The Life). The female lead is played by Erin Mackey (Chaplin). The book, music and lyrics are all written by a first time musical writer named Christopher Smith, who was once a police officer inspired by the story of John Newton. He has since been developing the show for two decades, and he co-wrote the book with Arthur Giron. The musical is directed by Gabriel Barre (The Wild Party), and choreographed by Christopher Gattelli (The King and I, Newsies, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown). The result is an inspiring tale about a man who decides to take his destiny into his own hands, becoming an abolitionist and writing the beautiful and timeless song “Amazing Grace.”

What’s Amazing Grace Like?

This show is a traditional Broadway musical, but it is unusual fare on Broadway today, given that you can enter the theatre and leave knowing you will be uplifted. In this way, it is comparable to Les Misérables, whereas many new musicals are darker in theme or deal with more satirical elements. Amazing Grace tells the tale of John Newton, who was a headstrong but musically gifted young Englishman, finding himself in the position of sailor and then captain of a slave ship. His father is a slave trader, and he is not sympathetic to his ways. Instead, he finds compassion in his young sweetheart, played by Erin Mackey, who is not in favor of slavery.

Is Amazing Grace Good for Kids?

Yes, the show is great for kids. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.

Theatre Information

Nederlander Theatre

208 West 41st Street
New York, NY 10019
Seats: 1,232
Entrance: 41st Street between 7th and 8th avenues
Theatre Information

Nederlander Theatre Seating Chart

Cast Members

John Newton
Josh Young
Robert Haweis
Stanley Bahorek
Yema
Rachel Ferrera
Pakuteh (Thomas)
Chuck Cooper
Nanna
Laiona Michelle
Princess Peyai
Harriett D Foy
Major Gray
Chris Hock
Mrs. Catlett
Eliabeth Ward Land
Mary Catlett
Erin Mackey
Captain Newton
Tom Hewitt

Producers

Alexander Rankin

Carolyn Rossi Copeland

Production Credits

Director
Gabriel Barre
Choreographer
Christopher Gattelli
Sound Designer
Jon Weston
Costume Designer
Toni-Leslie James
Set Designer
Eugene Lee + Edward Pierce
Lighting Designer
Ken Billington + Paul Miller
Music Director
Joseph Church
Orchestrations
Kenny Seymour
Lyrics + Book
Christopher Smith
Music
Arthur Giron + Christopher Smith
Production Stage Manager
Paul J Smith

Creative Team

General Manager
Marshall Purdy at MBP Productions
Company Manager
Chris Aniello at MBP Productions
Production Manager
Aurora Productions
Casting Director
Pat McCorkle Casting
Marketing
The Pekoe Group
Press Agent
Boneau Bryan-Brown