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An Epic New Musical


An Epic New Musical

Storms. Slavery. Romance. Redemption. Prepare to be swept away by this epic musical saga about John Newton, a rebellious slave trader, and the woman who never lost faith in him. While fighting the raging seas and his own despair, Newton’s life is suddenly transformed - igniting a quest to end the scourge of slavery. Based on the true story of the man who penned the world’s most recognizable song, it’s a powerful musical you will never forget.

Music and Lyrics by Christopher Smith | Book by Christopher Smith & Arthur Giron | Scenic Design by Beowulf Boritt | Costume Design by Toni-Leslie James | Lighting by Ken Billington | Sound by Jay Hilton | Hair and Wig Design by Robert-Charles Vallance | Music Director Jodie Moore | Music Supervision and Arrangements by Kimberly Grigsby |
Fight Movement and Military Direction by David Leong | Choreographed by Benoit-Swan Pouffer | Directed by Gabriel Barre

The Terris Theatre
33 North Main Street
Chester, Conn. 06412
Seating Chart

May 17 - June 10, 2012


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Director's Vision
The Voyage To Goodspeed
Audience Insights    
Student Guide
Meet the Cast & Creative Team
"Former Cop sees his 'Amazing Grace' to fruition at Norma Terris" - New Haven Register

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Audience Comments

Kathy said:
On May 25, 2013

One of the BEST plays we have ever seen - where is it now?

RESPONSE: There was a workshop reading back in December. The best way to keep up with the show is to follow their webpage: http://www.agmusical.com/

Rebecca said:
On June 11, 2012

Wonderfully powerful and moving production. My husband and I enjoyed it immensely. I have recommended it to friends and family. Too bad its run at Goodspeed isn't longer.

Kim Prescott said:
On June 9, 2012

'Amazing Grace' truly is amazing! Went to see it today and just loved it. The music and talent is incredible. Deffinately hoping to see this on Broadway some day soon!

Wendy Wilke said:
On June 9, 2012

Great show! I just saw it June 9th. Please extend it or do the production again. Fabulous singing! I loved it in the intimacy of the theater. Stupendous!

Dave Norwood said:
On June 5, 2012

My wife and I saw the show on the 20th. This was a truly moving production, and we truly hope it goes on to Broadway and beyond!

Carolyn Brodginski said:
On June 5, 2012

WOW! Powerful show and so many powerful performances by all. BRAVO!

Margo Coffey said:
On June 3, 2012

Last night I went to see Amazing Grace for the second time. I couldn't help myself I was so touched the first time and couldn't stop thinking about it. The story is so provocative and the production incredible. Kudos to everyone who brought it to Chester. It is one I will never forget. Thank you all.

Deirdre Peloquin said:
On June 3, 2012

just went and saw Amazing grace at the 8:00pm showing. it was AMAZING!!! it was a full house! best show ever!!!

Terry Boucher said:
On June 1, 2012

I saw Amazing Grace on 5/26, and I absolutely loved it! The story, music, and performers were excellent. It was very moving. I hope this show succeeds so that I can buy the soundtrack!

Linda Yorton said:
On May 31, 2012

I saw Amazing Grace yesterday and am recommending it to everyone. Wish the run could be extended & also hope that it goes on to perform in other theatres. All production values are outstanding. Congratulations. Only quibble, really is one too many happy endings with the mother & daughter reunion. Best wishes!

Dzintra Bailey said:
On May 30, 2012

Best show I have seen!!! Referred all friends. At least 14 went!!! All loved it!!!

Roger Dunn said:
On May 29, 2012

My wife and I saw Amazing Grace recently at the Norma Terris. We were blown away by the performance in such a positive way. The story is one that needs to be told. The cast did a wonderful job of telling a difficult part of our history. The acting, the music, the sets, and everything else about the production was fantastic. I really hope to see Amazing Grace on Broadway someday.

Karen Evans said:
On May 28, 2012

We just came back from seeing Amazing Grace and it was one of the most amazing musicals we have ever seen. The story, the songs, the music, the acting, the costumes, the scenery, the lighting, the writing, the directing - all amazing! A wonderful theater experience. Thank you! We'e hoping to get tickets for our children to see it.

John Lemega said:
On May 27, 2012

Mr. Garo is right on with his comments. Christopher Smith's music has an emotional and dramatic content which my spouse and I have not before experienced at Norma Terris. You will mightily regret not seeing the play. I have but one suggestion. After the cast sings "Amazing Grace" at the end of the performance, the audience is primed to join the cast in repeating the first verse - it requires only an invitation.

Charles Garo said:
On May 23, 2012

This is a rave -- not a review. I had the great fortune of viewing the opening performance of "Amazing Grace", the epic musical saga, at Goodspeed's Norma Terris Theatre. It has everything -- song, lyric, book, costume, dancing, acting, directing, lighting, setting and so much more. There is too much gleaming talent involved in the production to mention here -- but I will actually praise Christopher Smith who created the melodious music with poignant lyrics and Arthur Giron who designed the dramatic libretto for the redemptive and transformative love story of the actual John Newton, originally an 18th century British slave trader, who eventually became an Anglican clergyman and prominent abolitionist as seen, also, through the well-emphasized story of his struggle to attain the grace and worthiness of true and enduring love with his eventual wife, Mary Catlett. There is no banality in this unique story of triumph over personal evil and the incumbent guilt of slavery. There is the experience of God as may be manifest in a noble and fine work of art. The audience showed its elation and gratitude for such a triumphant and joyous and mature experience with standing ovations and tear-filled eyes galore. The show is a unique and exquisite gem.
Don't miss it -- send it to Broadway.
Charles Garo

An Epic New Musical