The Historical Irony of 'Amazing Grace'

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Wednesday, August 05, 2015

The new musical 'Amazing Grace' on Broadway at the Nederlander Theatre. The new musical 'Amazing Grace' on Broadway at the Nederlander Theatre. (Joan Marcus)

The story behind one of the best-known hymns in the English language is the subject of the new Broadway musical "Amazing Grace." The show tells the story of the man who wrote, “I once was lost, but now am found; was blind, but now I see.”

John Newton worked in the English slave trade before changing his ways and becoming a spokesman for abolition in Great Britain — and a hymn writer. The production at the Nederlander Theatre features a score by Christopher Smith, a newcomer to musical theater, and a book by Smith and Arthur Giron. 

New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood reviews it in this conversation.

Comments [2]

Right, Concetta, also a fine performance by Ioan Griffudd as passionate abolitionist and MP, Wilberforce. I would like to hear some of the music from the show; from the review it should be right up my old-fashioned alley. Ellen

Aug. 05 2015 08:45 AM
Concetta Nardone from Nassau

Amazing Grace was also a fine film about the horrible slave trade.
Of course, the film went nowhere. Not enough car chases and explosions.

Aug. 05 2015 06:58 AM

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