‘Amazing Grace’ Musical to Premiere in Chicago This Fall

Josh Young
Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic

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.






Filed Under:

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Legit News from Variety