Amazing Grace to End Broadway Run

17 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Broadway’s Amazing Grace Posts Closing Notice.

The musical, with music and lyrics by Christopher Smith and a book by Smith and Arthur Giron, centers on John Newton, an 18th-century slave trader whose spiritual awakening led him to write the hymn. Producers of the Broadway musical “Amazing Grace,” which has struggled with poor sales since it began performances over the summer, have decided to throw in the towel at last, posting a closing notice for late October.The new that tells the story of the tumultuous life of the man who composed the hymn “Amazing Grace,” will have played 24 previews and 114 regular performances at the Nederlander Theatre. In a statement, producer Carolyn Rossi Copeland said her team is “incredibly disappointed” in the show’s performance at the box office” and promised a national tour. The shuttering seems likely to represent a total loss for investors in the show, which never topped $350,000 in weekly grosses and regularly played to houses filled to less than 60% of capacity.

The summertime weeks just after the Tony Awards is always a challenge for the launch of a new musical, since tourists come to town hoping to catch either a long-established hit or a recently-crowned Tony champ. The audiences who do come leave the theater uplifted, and we are honored to have introduced the important story of John Newton to the Broadway community. I look forward to bringing this story of hope and redemption to audiences around the country with our upcoming national tour.” (Troika Entertainment will present the tour.) The musical was written by newcomer Christopher Smith, a self-taught musician who was a former police officer and a youth outreach and education director in Pennsylvania.

A captivating tale of romance, rebellion and redemption, this radiant production follows one man whose incredible journey ignited a historic wave of change. Coming of age as Britain sits atop an international empire of slavery, he finds himself torn between following in the footsteps of his father – a slave trader – or embracing the more compassionate views of his childhood sweetheart (Erin Mackey). When that journey finds John in his darkest hour, a transformative moment of self-reckoning inspires a blazing anthem of hope that will finally guide him home.” The creative team also includes Eugene Lee and Edward Pierce (scenic design), Toni-Leslie James (costume design), Ken Billington and Paul Miller (lighting design), Jon Weston (sound design), Robert–Charles Vallance (hair design), David Leong (fight and military movement), Gillian Lane-Plescia (dialect coach), Kenny Seymour (orchestrations), Michael Keller (music coordinator) and Joseph Church (music director, arranger, incidental music).

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