“Amazing Grace,” the new musical that’s been seen in Gotham in a couple of industry presentations, has locked in a world premiere production as part of the Broadway in Chicago programming at the Windy City’s Bank of America Theater this fall.
Production, set to star “Jesus Christ Superstar” alum Josh Young (pictured, above), isn’t billed as a pre-Broadway tryout, but the commercial out-of-town engagement has all the earmarks of a show with New York in its sights.
Production team is led by helmer Gabriel Barre (Andrew Lippa’s “The Wild Party” ) and choreographer Christopher Gatelli (“Newsies”). With music and lyrics by tyro Christopher Smith and book by Smith and playwright Arthur Giron, the tuner chronicles the true story of the writer of the famous spiritual.
Young played the protag, a slave trader’s son with serious reservations about the family business, in the 2012 reading of the musical. Chris Peluso appeared in the role in a 2012 developmental staging at Goodspeed Musicals.
In Chi, “Amazing Grace” is produced by Carolyn Rossi Copeland, the “Freud’s Last Session” producer who is also founder of Gotham’s Lamb’s Theater Company, and presented by Broadway in Chicago.
Musical runs Oct. 9-Nov. 2, with any future life for the property still to be determined.