Already closed | 2h 25m | Midtown W

Amazing Grace

From 193 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 (193)

MEMBERS SAY:

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

65
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.

67
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

69
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

60
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.

50
Disappointing, Slow

See it if You want to know about the origins of the song "Amazing Grace."

Don't see it if You are looking for a well-crafted show and clever score.

50
Banal, Cliched, Dated, Thought-provoking

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

64
Cliched, Disappointing, Slow, Ambitious

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

68
Great staging, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Slow

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

65
Epic, Dated, Great singing, Clunky, Interesting

See it if you want to hear beautiful singing from the cast.

Don't see it if because the clunky book and direction requires another edit to smooth the show over.

69
Great staging, Fluffy, Relevant

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'

60
Cliched, Disappointing, Slow, Indulgent, Insipid

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.

60
Absorbing, Cliched, Great singing, Slow, Entertaining

See it if you like history and are interested in learning the history of the song.

Don't see it if you are looking for a fast-paced show.

66
Ambitious, Entertaining, Resonant, Original, Bland score

See it if you like original musicals.

Don't see it if you are expecting a top notch score.

53
Disappointing, Great acting, Entertaining, Slow, Quirky

See it if You want to see some great performers in a so-so show.

Don't see it if You find the subject matter offensive.

60
Disappointing, Slow, Original

See it if you like to listen to Josh Young and Erin Mackey. They sound great. Act I ends on a great visual

Don't see it if maybe just don't

65
Entertaining, Cliched, Mediocre

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.

55
Great staging, Disappointing, Dated, Slow, Excruciating

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.

52
Banal, Cliched, Slow, Disappointing, Indulgent

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.

60
Disappointing, Great staging

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.

62
Cliched, Dated, Great staging, Slow

See it if you have a particular interest in the period or the song itself.

Don't see it if you're bothered by slavery narratives with a white savior theme.

65
Slow, Romantic, Great singing, Sweet

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.

57
Cliched, Indulgent, Great staging

See it if You love old fashioned musicals

Don't see it if You don't like old fashioned warhorses

52
Slow, Original, Great writing

See it if You are a fan of history and religion.

Don't see it if You become bored easily.

68
Slow, Disappointing, Great acting, Dizzying, Dated

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.

68
Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great acting, Original, Refreshing

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.


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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