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This past Saturday was the big day . . . the girls and I left the house before the sun was up, drove to Harrisburg to meet the train (a new experience for us) and headed to NYC for the day. Our goal, of course, was to see Amazing Grace. The train was interesting, the city was overwhelming, and the show was beyond-our-expectations fabulous!
(I plan to post more about our train ride in an upcoming post, so I won’t go into those details here.)
Thanks to the internet and my love for all-things-Disney, I have an awesome friend (Rosanne from What’s the Point?) who met us at the station and gave us a whirlwind tour of Times Square and the Broadway district. We visited The Disney Store, and took some pictures of all the Broadway Marquees (Gracie was in Musical Heaven . . . dreaming of all the shows she hopes to see!) Next time, I want to eat at the Hard Rock Cafe! We saw the Empire State Building and the place where they drop the ball on New Years Eve (see it behind the girls in the picture below?)
After a nice lunch with Rosanne, we journeyed back to 41st Street and the Nederlander Theatre. We were so excited to see the show!
About the Show
AMAZING GRACE is a new original musical based on the awe-inspiring true story behind the world’s most beloved song. A captivating tale of romance, rebellion and redemption, this radiant production follows one man whose incredible journey ignited a historic wave of change.
John Newton (Tony Award® nominee Josh Young), 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 (Erin Mackey). Accompanied by his slave, Thomas (Tony Award® winner Chuck Cooper), 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.
Heidi Says . . .
We couldn’t have been more pleased with the show. We had excellent seats in the orchestra section, right side of the theater, 5th row; so we had a perfect view of the stage.
From the moment the show started, we were mesmerized. From the superb acting to the fabulous music to the stunning costumes, the show was everything we expected . . . and more! It totally exceeded my expectations! Here’s a sneak peek, but it really doesn’t do it justice:
The songs, as you can tell by the brief clip above, were just beautiful. The talented actors were also wonderful singers and the songs literally gave me chills. Josh Young gave an incredible performance in the lead role of John Newton; Erin Mackey as Mary Catlett (John’s love interest) was excellent in her role as well. The supporting cast of characters, including Chuck Cooper, Laiona Michelle, and Rachael Ferrara, were believable and engaging. Honestly, I think I could sit and listen to Josh Young sing all day (he may give my beloved Josh Groban a run for his money, with his smooth, rich voice and his broad vocal range).
At the very end of the show, when all the actors took the stage to sing “Amazing Grace”, it took my breath away. Simply beautiful! Magnificent! Superb! (How many more adjectives can I use here?) The audience stood and sang along. I don’t think there could have possibly been a dry eye in the room! I know the tears were rolling down my cheeks.
For Gracie, one of the highlights of our day was waiting out front to meet the actors after the show. I must say that I’m fascinated that they do this. They are so friendly and eager to sign autographs and snap pictures with adoring fans. She was able to get her Playbill autographed by all of them (and even got a 2nd one autographed for her friend).
Go See It!
I’d highly recommend this show to anyone heading to NYC. In fact, make special plans to go and see it. It’s that worth it! You won’t be disappointed.
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Educators, learn more about John Newton’s journey to find Amazing Grace with our Study Guide. Click here to view the guide or download the PDF.
The Musical Journey
Though we are studying American History this year and this show obviously takes place in England (and Africa), we could tie it in perfectly with our studies of early American, leading up to the Civil War. Of course, it will also fit in with our World History study next year.
In fact, with all the various forms of slave trade that are still happening around our world (and right in our own back yards) today, this show is very relevant to our times.
I’m going to have Gracie do some studying on the life of John Newton, compare facts with the musical storyline, and study some of Newton’s other hymns as well (did you know he wrote over 200?!) We’ll also watch the 2007 movie (also called Amazing Grace), which focuses more on William Wilberforce’s fight to put an end to the slave trade, and the mentoring role that John Newton played in his life and his work.
More About the 2 Year Musical Journey
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