AMAZING GRACE: The Musical
At PROCTORS, 2 AND 8 P.M. SATURDAY, MARCH 17
Starring Jacob Shipley, Russell Rinker, Don Seward and Eleanor Todd
“Inspirational. Beautiful. Emotional. Exhilarating.”—AP
“Nothing Short of Amazing!”—ABC TV
The Broadway musical AMAZING GRACE is taking its inspirational message of hope and redemption on the road as part of a 23-week national tour. After its SRO eight week run at the Museum of the Bible in Washington D.C., the “exhilarating” musical will tour the country playing 26 states through April 2018.
Tickets for AMAZING GRACE, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, March 17, $20–$60, are available at the Box Office at Proctors, 432 State Street, Schenectady; by phone at 518.346.6204; and online at proctors.org.
John Newton, a willful and musically talented young Englishman, faces a future as uncertain as the turning tide. 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. Accompanied by his slave, Thomas, John embarks on a perilous voyage on the high seas. 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. Brimming with emotion and adventure, AMAZING GRACE is an unforgettable musical saga that captures the spirit of history’s sweetest and most powerful sound: freedom.
Directed by Gabriel Barre, Amazing Grace is written by Christopher Smith (book, music and lyrics) and Arthur Giron (book) and will feature the choreography of Christopher Gattelli, and music direction of Keith Levenson. It is produced by Alex Rankin/ Continental Productions with artistic consultant Carolyn Rossi Copeland/ CRC Productions.
The upcoming national tour will be the first production of the musical in North America since its pre-Broadway opening in Chicago and subsequent engagement on Broadway at The Nederlander Theater in 2015. AMAZING GRACE has been called “Sincere, stirring, and romantic. it brought tears to my eyes.”—Chicago Tribune; “The staging is superb, with moments of genuine astonishment. As spectacular as anything on Broadway, AMAZING GRACE tells the story of how the song came to be, and elicits widespread gasps & cheering from audience!”—The Washington Post; “A stirring musical. An epic romance. Artfully produced on the lavish scale of Les Mis.”—Chicago Sun-Times; “A musical of raw power with superb, intense performances.”—Variety; “Inspirational. Beautiful. Emotional. Exhilarating.” -AP; “Nothing Short of Amazing!”—ABC TV.