Already closed | 2h 25m | Midtown W

Amazing Grace

From 194 member  reviews
Members say: Great staging, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining

About the show

A musical of romance, rebellion, and redemption, based on the awe-inspiring true story behind the world's most beloved song. More…

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 — and embracing the more compassionate views of his childhood sweetheart. But when a perilous voyage on the high seas finds John in his darkest hour, a transformative moment of self-reckoning inspires a blazing anthem of hope that will finally guide him home.

2h 25m | Already closed | Nederlander Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (194)


Great staging, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining
Avg Score

Misguided, Slow, Excruciating, Disappointing, Unworthy

See it if you see everything on Bway. The story is horrible (slave trade), the characters unlikable, the music and lyrics lousy. Why go???

Don't see it if you have standards. The only good song is Amazing Grace, but its healing powers are unearned. I felt I was "lost" and I wasn't found.

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Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if this show is completely underrated. It has a stunning score and some of the very best voices on the broadway stage right now. Great story.

Don't see it if this show is poorly marketed. It's not the story of the song. It's a great story of slavery and redemption.

Great acting, Great singing, Educational, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You enjoy a soaring score with great vocalists and a story rooted in history.

Don't see it if You're looking for light fluffy fare

Competent, Epic, Great music, Pleasantly surprising, Underrated

See it if you don't want to be the dummy who missed Erin Mackey's performance.

Don't see it if you're expecting too much. It's competent, but nothing more.

Disappointing, Epic, Indulgent, Ambitious, Banal

See it if You love historical musicals, no matter how weak the material.

Don't see it if You expect this to be a religious experience.

Ambitious, Cliched, Relevant, Great staging, Moving

See it if you can forgive its weaknesses to see a timely story that reminds us how we brought the race issues and conflicts we see today on ourselves.

Don't see it if you can't look past its flaws (including that the protagonist's redemption comes so late in the show you already irrevocably hate him).

Banal, Disappointing, Hilarious, Slow

See it if you want to hear the song Amazing Grace (performed almost 2 hours and 20 minutes into the show).

Don't see it if you have the choice of seeing literally anything else or if you want catchy, memorable music.

Disappointing, Great singing, Indulgent, Profound, Slow

See it if you want to hear the best rendition of Amazing Grace ever

Don't see it if you are hoping for the resonance the film had; they somehow didn't build the emotional significance throughout

Exquisite, Great singing, Great acting, Great staging, Epic

See it if big LOUD musicals rock your world. There's a lot to be had here. Excellent cast, tough subject-matter masterfully staged, stunning ending.

Don't see it if anything to do with slavery and seeing it portrayed live will upset you. There are no short-cuts here, but it's tastefully portrayed. Epic.

Confusing, Dated, Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow

See it if you want to know about the song.

Don't see it if you want a fast paced show.

Great acting, Ambitious, Epic, Insipid, Melodramatic

See it if You want to hear an epic score and don't mind rolling your eyes a lot.

Don't see it if You can't tolerate melodrama.

Original, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if want to see this awesome cast and enjoy historical musicals.

Don't see it if do not like historical musicals.

Ambitious, Confusing, Dizzying, Epic, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a highly flawed, yet highly ambitious, show that has some deeply disturbing slavery themes and depictions, and great sets

Don't see it if a show that tried too hard to be everything, so ended up with a lack of a good central focus, leaving it unsatisfying at the end

Just not entertaining

See it if It's hard to articulate.. Cast was sooo talented and the story is interesting.. It just was not entertaining for whatever reason

Don't see it if Just don't see it unless you want a very expensive nap

Delightful, Absorbing, Great staging, Great singing, Thought-provoking

See it if you are a fan of great singing, and of the featured song

Don't see it if you like a more contemporary topic

Ambitious, Intense, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Great singing

See it if You want to know the story behind the song. That was a revelation to me.

Don't see it if You are overtly cynical, an atheist, hate historical musicals, are expecting the next Le Miz.

Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Romantic

See it if IF U like British history (circa 18th C.) & a "clean" portrayal of Romance with a little Faith message in between U will really enjoy this!!

Don't see it if The Biblical references may offend atheists & die-hard agnostics, but most of the faith moments are very subtly played out in the text.

Disappointing, Excruciating, Fluffy, Overrated

See it if You don't mind historical inaccuracies and bad writing.

Don't see it if you won't, it closed.

Cliched, Ambitious, Excruciating, Slow

See it if you want a plodding history lesson on the evils of slavery.

Don't see it if you've seen Hamilton. That show's genius at turning history into compelling musical theater makes Amazing Grace's faults even more glaring.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging

See it if Like an interesting story and musicals

Don't see it if You don't want to hear about slavery

Banal, Cliched, Great acting, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if you missed church and need a make-up session. The cast is FANTASTIC, the source material is inspiring...but this show is excruciating.

Don't see it if you're put off by pandering and proselytizing in your broadway shows.

Entertaining, Great staging, Original, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You like history and great music

Don't see it if If you don't like to cry

Great acting, Great staging, Disappointing

See it if you enjoy pseudo-historical musicals, wonderful stagecraft (particularly the end of act one), and shows that have (unmet) potential...

Don't see it if you are a stickler for perfectly written shows or are expecting the music to be as well-crafted as the title song.

Entertaining, Great staging, Emotional, Great singing

See it if like Christian based plays.

Don't see it if don't want to know about the slave trade.

Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if you are interested in the history of this song, southern American history, a Christian experience, etc.

Don't see it if slaves in cages, slave auctions, etc., will upset you. This is not a light entertainment; it is a man's awakening and it gets rough at times

July 16th, 2015
"Unfortunately, while aspects of Newton’s tale are indeed noteworthy, maybe even amazing, the musical itself unfolds as an overstuffed history lesson trimmed in melodrama, with a standard-issue romantic subplot and some dutiful attempts to explore the lives of the slaves... 'Amazing Grace,' thick...
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July 16th, 2015
"Personally, I expect poetic license in the theater, but I expect it to serve a strong artistic or political vision. 'Amazing Grace' has neither. It comes out strongly against slavery; well done. But as with the recent, equally dismal, 'Doctor Zhivago', 'Grace' proves that folks are willing to bu...
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July 16th, 2015
"The equivalent of a child’s drawing: naïve, sincere, glowing with an unimpeachable if hard-to-pin-down vision of what it wants to be...It is also a confusing cartoon so lacking in craft that it ruins any chance of being taken seriously. Certainly it can’t be recommended as history; it’s riddled ...
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July 16th, 2015
"There's no questioning the sincerity of 'Amazing Grace', which recounts the true story of the penitent slave trader who penned that popular hymn. However, while the tale of oppression and liberation ultimately climbs stirring peaks, it's symptomatic of the show's problems that its most vibrant a...
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