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How Sweet the Sound! Amazing Grace Set to Open on Broadway

The new musical, which tells the story behind one of the world's most famous hymns, officially begins tonight.

Tony winner Chuck Cooper and Tony nominee Josh Young star in the new Broadway musical Amazing Grace at the Nederlander Theatre.
(© Joan Marcus)

The new Broadway musical Amazing Grace celebrates its opening night tonight, July 16, at the Nederlander Theatre, where the show began previews June 25. Directed by Gabriel Barre and written by Christopher Smith and Arthur Giron, Amazing Grace played a 2014 out-of-town tryout at Chicago's Bank of America Theatre.

The musical is based on the awe-inspiring true story behind the world's most beloved song. A captivating tale of romance, rebellion, and redemption, the show follows one man whose incredible journey ignited a historic wave of change that gave birth to the abolitionist movement.

Leading the cast are Josh Young (Jesus Christ Superstar), Erin Mackey (Chaplin), Tony Award winner Chuck Cooper (Little Shop of Horrors), Tom Hewitt (Doctor Zhivago), Chris Hoch (Matilda The Musical), Stanley Bahorek (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), Harriett D. Foy (Mamma Mia!), Laiona Michelle (The Book of Mormon national tour), Elizabeth Ward Land (Scandalous), and Rachael Ferrera, all of whom starred in the Chicago production.

The full ensemble is made up of Leslie Becker, Sara Brophy, Rheaume Crenshaw, Miquel Edson, Mike Evariste, Sean Ewing, Savannah Frazier, Christopher Gurr, Allen Kendall, Michael Dean Morgan, Vince Oddo, Oneika Phillips, Clifton Samuels, Gavriel Savit, Dan Sharkey, Bret Shuford, Evan Alexander Smith, Uyoata Udi, Charles E. Wallace, Toni Elizabeth White, and Hollie E. Wright.

The creative team includes Tony winner Christopher Gattelli (choreography), Eugene Lee and Edward Pierce (scenic design), Toni-Leslie James (costume design), Ken Billington and Paul Miller (lighting design), and Jon Weston (sound design).

Check out photos from the production in the gallery below.


For more information and tickets, click here.