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.
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
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
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.
See it if you want to see a very cool staging of a near drowning you want to hear a great rendition of the song amazing grace
Don't see it if you are looking for a feel good about the world show
See it if you are moved by stories of religious enlightenment and enjoy over-the-top-ness
Don't see it if you value good writing and telling a story well... also it's a bit racist
See it if you want to see performers try their hardest with subpar material.
Don't see it if you need a story that is more original or music that will affect you in any way
See it if you'd like to see a so-so musical of the story behind the man who composed Amazing Grace
Don't see it if you're expecting a show about the creation of the song 'Amazing Grace'
See it if You would like to learn about a slave trader from the late 1800's who happened to find God and write a song.
Don't see it if You expect to see a profound and in-depth show about the true slave experience from any point of view other than the slave traders side.
See it if you like period musicals; you want good performers (but unfortunately, they don't have good enough material to really show off their talent)
Don't see it if you are only interested in the song - it only comes up at the very end; you want to leave humming the tunes - they're not memorable.
See it if You're looking to learn a bit the slave trade and witness a semi-interesting story.
Don't see it if You're looking to be constantly engaged by the story, music and score. The songs are long, mediocre and drawn-out.
See it if you're looking for a show about faith and American history.
Don't see it if you don't care about a somewhat pointless, romanticized history of a songwriter no one really asked for.
See it if You like historical theatre, and if you can overlook the weak story for the impressive moments of technical theatre (underwater scene)
Don't see it if You're looking for a strong story.
See it if you love the old classic hymn, love historical musicals, and love a good production value.
Don't see it if it takes a lot to hold your attention. It is a bit slow at times, and can lose the audience.
See it if You want to hear Amazing Grace sang in the traditional hymn style. Actors were great!
Don't see it if If you have to decide between other shows. Very slow moving and not the best direction. The fight scenes were not staged well either.
See it if You want to see something spectacular! Still thinking about the closing of the first half.
Don't see it if You're expecting a "ministry" performance.