Friday, September 18, 2015

Broadway's "Amazing Grace" set to close in October

By Michael Paulson
Harriett D. Foy, Josh Young and cast Photo by Joan Marcus
NEW YORK---“Amazing Grace,” the first musical to open on Broadway this season, will also be the first to close: its producers announced Wednesday night that they would shutter the production next month. The musical, about the early British abolitionist John Newton, opened to weak reviews and performed poorly at the box office throughout its run. The show, which cost $16 million to mount, had been marketed to Christian and African-American audiences, counting on the inspirational story of Newton’s religious conversion, and the stark depiction of the slave trade, to interest new ticket buyers, but that strategy did not succeed. [link]