Amazing Grace — The Musical

Recently my husband and I went to Washington D.C. to celebrate our anniversary (46 years!) by visiting the Museum of the Bible.  While there we also attended a performance of Amazing Grace at the World Stage Theater (also located at the museum).  It’s the story of John Newton, a slave trader who converted and wrote the beloved hymn, Amazing Grace.  I’m not sure how historically accurate the play is (the program stated some characters presented were fictional), but I plan to read Newton’s autobiography, Out of the Depths, as soon as I can get it from the library.  That may be another post.  Certainly there were talented actors and singers, amusing moments and great staging.  If you go, you’ll enjoy the show.  However, one review I read called the music “competent, but not inspiring.”  I would have to agree.  Not one song in the entire musical came close to the song it was all about, the one that was sung by cast and audience together at the very end. It never fails to bring tears to my eyes.  Here it is:

 

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