Thursday, June 4, 2015

Everywhere you look, Broadway's experiencing a religious revival

By Jonathan Merritt
Illustration by Sarah Eberspacher | Photos courtesy
NEW YORK---Since 1921, The Nederlander Theater in New York City has housed many heralded Broadway productions — from Julius Caesar to King Lear to Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf to Rent. But on June 25, when Amazing Grace opens in its 1,232-seat auditorium, The Nederlander may become known as the place where religion was revived on Broadway. Amazing Grace tells the story behind "Amazing Grace," the world's most recorded and most popular song. So when Amazing Grace opens in June, we'll get more than a story about a song. We'll also learn about the state of religion in 21st century America's popular culture. [link]