February 15, 2012
'Amazing Grace' Musical Eyes Broadway
A musical stage play of John Newton's story is picked up by a Tony-winning company
Amazing Grace, a new musical based on the life of John Newton, has been picked up by Goodspeed Musicals, sort of a Broadway "training ground" in Connecticut. The show will run May 17-June 10 at the Norma Terris Theatre in Chester, CT.Amazing Grace like this: "Storms. Slavery. Romance. Redemption. Prepare to be swept away by this epic musical saga about John Newton, a rebellious slave trader, and the woman who never lost faith in him. While fighting the raging seas and his own despair, Newton's life is suddenly transformed -- igniting a quest to end the scourge of slavery. Based on a true story of the man who penned the world's most recognizable song, it's a powerful musical you will never forget."
Christopher Smith, who came up with the concept and wrote the music and lyrics for the production, says, "We have a chance to impact the culture in a very relevant and positive way, and the Broadway establishment has definitely taken notice of our piece. We have raised over $3 million from business people and individuals who want to see this story on Broadway."
Smith, who has no musical training and is entirely self-taught, was a church youth director and police officer when he came up with the idea of a musical about Newton. He says the process "has been quite a journey with surprising turns of fate, setbacks and victories."