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Photos & Video: Tony Award winner Chuck Cooper, Josh Young, Erin Mackey, Harriett D. Foy, Laiona Michelle and Tom Hewitt in AMAZING GRACE

Pictured (left to right): Chuck Cooper, Josh Young, and the ensemble of Amazing Grace. Photo: Joan Marcus

Pictured (left to right): Chuck Cooper, Josh Young, and the ensemble of Amazing Grace. Photo: Joan Marcus

One of my favorite actors, Tony Award winner Chuck Cooper, is back on Broadway in the new musical Amazing Grace, following the sold-out world premiere in Chicago. Amazing Grace, currently in previews at Broadway’s Nederlander Theatre (208 West 41st Street), also stars Tony Award nominee Josh Young, Erin Mackey, Chris Hoch, Stanley Bahorek, Harriett D. Foy, Laiona Michelle, Rachael Ferrera, Elizabeth Ward Land and Tom Hewitt. Opening night is Thursday, July 16.

Pictured (left to right): Josh Young, Tom Hewitt, and the ensemble of Amazing Grace. Photo: Joan Marcus

Pictured (left to right): Josh Young, Tom Hewitt, and the ensemble of Amazing Grace. Photo: Joan Marcus

The ensemble features Leslie Becker, Sara Brophy, Rheaume Crenshaw, Miquel Edson, Mike Evariste, Sean Ewing, Savannah Frazier, Christopher Gurr, Allen Kendall, Michael Dean Morgan,Vince Oddo, Oneika Phillips, Clifton Samuels, Gavriel Savit, Dan Sharkey, Bret Shuford, Evan Alexander Smith, Uyoata Udi, Charles E. Wallace, Toni Elizabeth White, Hollie E. Wright.

Pictured (center): Harriett D. Foy, Josh Young, and the ensemble of 'Amazing Grace'. Photo: Joan Marcus

Pictured (center): Harriett D. Foy, Josh Young, and the ensemble of ‘Amazing Grace’. Photo: Joan Marcus

The new musical features music and lyrics by Christopher Smith and a book by Christopher Smith and Arthur Giron, directed by Gabriel Barre (Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party) and choreographed by Tony Award winner Christopher Gattelli (Newsies).

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.

Pictured (left to right): Josh Young and Erin Mackey. Photo: Joan Marcus

Pictured (left to right): Josh Young and Erin Mackey. Photo: Joan Marcus

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.

Pictured (center): Chris Hoch, Erin Mackey, and the ensemble of Amazing Grace. Photo: Joan Marcus

Pictured (center): Chris Hoch, Erin Mackey, and the ensemble of Amazing Grace. Photo: Joan Marcus

The creative team includes Eugene Lee and Edward Pierce (scenic design), Toni-Leslie James (costume design), Ken Billington and Paul Miller (lighting design), Jon Weston (sound design), Robert -Charles Vallance (hair design), David Leong (fight and military movement), Gillian Lane-Plescia (dialect coach), Kenny Seymour(orchestrations), Michael Keller (music coordinator), and Joseph Church (music director, arranger, incidental music).

Pictured (left to right): Laiona Michelle and Erin Mackey. Photo: Joan Marcus

Pictured (left to right): Laiona Michelle and Erin Mackey. Photo: Joan Marcus

Amazing Grace is produced by Carolyn Rossi Copeland and Alexander Rankin.

The production premiered last October in Chicago and was embraced by theatre critics and played to sold out houses.

Tickets for Amazing Grace are on sale now via Ticketmaster.com or by calling 877-250-2929. Tickets available in person at the Nederlander Theatre box office, (208 W 41st St). Ticket prices range from $65-$139 (all prices include a $2.00 facility fee).


cropped-lia-chang_photo-by-carlos-flores-3.jpgLia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon and Taxman. She has guest starred on “One Life to Live,” “As the World Turns,” and “New York Undercover.” She is profiled in Jade Magazine.

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