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

35
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.

Also At the end of Act I, there was a stunning underwater visual of the dro... Read more Read less

45
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.

34
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.

40
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.

30
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

30
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.

26
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.

20
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.

39
Banal, Disappointing, Slow, Lacking, It tried

See it if you like a musical based on a true story. If you have a strong attachment to the song "Amazing Grace."

Don't see it if you want something riveting.

49
Great staging, Slow

See it if you like stories that focus on a boring character with no redeeming qualities when there are other characters with more interesting stories

Don't see it if you don't like musicals with a historical context.

24
Disappointing, Poor acting, Excruciating

See it if Thankfully, this show has closed, I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. Though I have met people who liked it.

Don't see it if You want to see quality performers, who try. This whole production seemed a bit like a joke. The lead guy, & the writing were POOR quality.

20
Religious, Preachy, Church choir meets broadway, 2.5 hours until the one song, Audience sing-along

See it if Church hymns are your jam. So much so, that you'll pay $100 and sit through 2.5 hours of "amazing waste" for one epic Broadway sing along.

Don't see it if ...you have anything, and I mean ANYTHING better to do with 2.5 hours of your time.

47
Cliched, Excruciating, Fluffy, Slow, Disappointing

See it if You are very invested in this story or your own relationship with god

Don't see it if You are not super religious. The show itself is not strong, and most won't relate to the heavy handed religious messages

13
Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow

See it if you owe someone involved a favor.

Don't see it if you can help it.

15
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if You don't mind sitting through a ridiculous epic with ho hum music, boring lyrics, and a badly plotted book.

Don't see it if You can get in to see almost anything else on Broadway.

49
Disappointing, Banal, Slow

See it if you want a ho-hum musical about abolition.

Don't see it if you expect a ground breaking spiritual experience.

24
Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow, Cliched, Confusing

See it if You want a to be expected to view a slave trader as a victim.

Don't see it if You are black. You'll be insulted

36
Cliched, Insipid, Slow

See it if trite, cliche storytelling appeals to you

Don't see it if prefer innovative musicals

23
Banal, Confusing, Indulgent

See it if You want to see a cool Act One finale effect. Also, Chuck Cooper. He alone brought my score up from a zero.

Don't see it if you value your time.

25
Pedestrian, Slow, Waste of time, Mediocre, Banal

See it if You like church singalongs

Don't see it if appreciate plot, likable characters

33
Cliched, Dated, Disappointing, Insipid, Slow

See it if You don't have many other options.

Don't see it if Tickets are expensive or if you have other options.

30
Banal, Cliched, Confusing, Slow

See it if you are a masochist—it's sort of a theatrical assault of sorts.

Don't see it if you like good theater.

0
Cliched, Excruciating, Disappointing, Dated, Confusing

See it if You don't want to know the story of how amazing grace was written and you want to see how the guy who wrote it abused black people

Don't see it if You care about what your ears go through

24
Indulgent, Slow, Cliched, Banal, Ambitious

See it if you want a very dry educational melodrama that talks a lot about slavery without taking much of a stand.

Don't see it if would like more relevant and well-crafted theatre with a message that is actually sustained and not treated with racist undertones.

30
Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if you like history

Don't see it if you get bored easily


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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