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
72
Avg Score

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.

98
Stunning, Invigorating, Epic, Great acting, Relevant

See it if You love new Broadway musicals in the classic style, top caliber Broadway talent, mind boggling special effects, an inspirational story

Don't see it if If the true and honest portrayal of slavery will make you uncomfortable, or being confronted with racial issues that still exist.

90
Great acting, Great staging, Masterful, Profound, Relevant

See it if want to see some amazing cast performances

Don't see it if can't deal with the subject matter

99
Exquisite, Masterful, Must see, Profound, Riveting

See it if You love history

Don't see it if You don't like good music and a good story

70
Original, Funny, Touching, Cheesy, True

See it if You like historical fiction. Also there is a really cool scene underwater

Don't see it if You don't like a musical that is a bit cheesy. Also the music is very slow and mellow.

91
Great acting, Absorbing, Epic, Profound, Relevant

See it if You're interested in the story of the slave trader-turned-abolitionist who wrote the song 'Amazing Grace.' And if you love Chuck Cooper

Don't see it if You're looking for a comedy, or don't like historicals

85
Absorbing, Epic, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Relevant

See it if you appreciate historical musicals with a great message

Don't see it if you don't appreciate a musical based on factual events

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.

89
Thought-provoking

See it if An interest in history.

Don't see it if N/A

94
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great acting, Must see, Intelligent

See it if I loved it and wanted to see it again; great score and story.

Don't see it if for everyone.

95
Epic, Stunning, Relevant

See it if You are looking to be inspired! And if you love listening to amazing singers and seeing jaw-dropping effects.

Don't see it if You don't love big, epic musicals.

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

85
Delightful, Enchanting, Slow, Thought-provoking, Confusing

See it if The storyline was wonderful, the acting was great, the music exquisite, the stage was magical. I loved this play and would see it again.

Don't see it if If you lose interest quickly, fall asleep during movies and shows you may snooze thru it because there are slow parts and confusing scenes.

95
Exquisite, Epic, Profound

See it if You want to be deeply moved.

Don't see it if See it!!

80
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Intense, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You want a new perspective on slavery.

Don't see it if you are against religious re-birth shows or you don't like shows about slavery.

95
Great staging, Intelligent, Masterful, Original, Resonant

See it if you enjoy history, gorgeous singing, forgiveness, and inspiration. The greatest hymn every written.

Don't see it if you need flashy, gimmicky entertainment.

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.

85
Ambitious, Great staging, Profound, Epic, Intense

See it if you like historical pieces, you appreciate great staging, you are looking for a positive message, you love the namesake song

Don't see it if you want in-depth characters and detailed storytelling - the show lacks.

Also Amazing Grace is beautiful and ambitious, and it will have a home in m... Read more Read less

86
Thought-provoking

See it if Unfortunately, this great musical was cancelled, but we were able to see it before it left Broadway.....amazing story, singing great!

Don't see it if Because you can't....hope they can bring it back...so worth it!

75
Thought-provoking, Great staging, Entertaining, Absorbing, Intelligent

See it if You like learning some history behind the hymn, and if you like great singing.

Don't see it if You don't like historically based shows.

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.

72
Enchanting, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Slow

See it if solid story, great cast.

Don't see it if A bit clunky

91
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to learn more about the origins to the song "Amazing Grace" and slavery. Amazing voices

Don't see it if You don't care for anything about the history of slavery

100
Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Masterful

See it if You have a heart

Don't see it if You don't want to cry

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


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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