The musical, which tells the story behind the popular hymn penned by slave trader John Newton, began previews on Thursday, June 25 and opened Thursday, July 16 at the Nederlander Theatre to overwhelmingly negative reviews. Box office receipts rarely exceeded 25 percent of potential and word of mouth was not enough to induce ticket buyers to go. The show will have played 24 preview performances and 114 regular performances by its closing date. A national tour is being planned by Troika Entertainment.
“We are incredibly disappointed in the show’s performance at the box office on Broadway,” producer Carolyn Rossi Copeland said in a statement. “Our successful engagement in Chicago led us to make the decision to bring Amazing Grace to Broadway. 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. John Newton’s story of redemption resulted in him being the first abolitionist in the British Empire. I look forward to bringing this story of hope and redemption to audiences around the country with our upcoming national tour.”
Gabriel Barre (Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party) directs with music and lyrics by Christopher Smith and Arthur Giron, and choreography by Christopher Gattelli (Newsies). Cast features Tony nominee Josh Young, Erin Mackey, Tony winner Chuck Cooper, Tony nominee Tom Hewitt, Chris Hoch, Stanley Bahorek, Harriett D. Foy, Laiona Michelle, Rachael Ferrera and Elizabeth Ward Land.