Broadway Musical 'Amazing Grace' to Close

Amazing Grace
Joan Marcus

Laiona Michelle and Rachael Ferrera in "Amazing Grace." 

No prayers can save the new musical Amazing Grace on Broadway - it's closing.

The musical, with music and lyrics by Christopher Smith and a book by Smith and Arthur Giron, centers on John Newton, an 18th-century slave trader whose spiritual awakening led him to write the hymn.

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The show, starring Tony Award nominee Josh Young and Tony winner Chuck Cooper, will close Oct. 25 after 24 previews and 114 regular performances.

In a statement, producer Carolyn Rossi Copeland said her team is "incredibly disappointed" in the show's performance at the box office" and promised a national tour.

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The show was poorly received by critics and struggled to fill even half the Nederlander Theatre. It rarely pulled in more than 30 percent of its $1 million weekly box office potential.



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