New Musical About Creation of “Amazing Grace” Will Sing on Broadway

Joan Marcus

There’s a new musical coming to Broadway this summer about the true story behind the creation of one of America’s most popular songs.

“Amazing Grace” will begin performance June 25 at the Nederlander Theatre. Opening night is set for July 16.

The new musical features a book by Christopher Smith and Arthur Giron, and music and lyrics by Smith. Gabriel Barre, who directed Andrew Lippa’s “The Wild Party,” will direct. Christopher Gattelli, of “Newsies” fame, will choreograph.

Josh Young, who received a Tony nomination for 2012’s revival of “Jesus Christ Superstar,” leads the production, playing a British man “torn between following torn between following in the footsteps of his father -- a slave trader -- and embracing the more compassionate views of his childhood sweetheart."

Erin Mackey (“Chaplin”) will play Young’s character’s childhood sweetheart, who undoubtedly inspires the creation of the powerful spiritual song. Tony winner Chuck Cooper (“The Life”) will also star.

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