A Story of HOPE, The Song of FREEDOM
A Story of HOPE
The Song of FREEDOM
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AMAZING GRACE is a new original musical based on the awe-inspiring true story behind the world’s most beloved song. A captivating tale of romance, rebellion and redemption, this radiant production follows one man whose incredible journey ignited a historic wave of change.
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, or embracing the more compassionate views of his childhood sweetheart. Accompanied by his slave, Thomas, John embarks on a perilous voyage on the high seas. When that journey finds John in his darkest hour, a transformative moment of self-reckoning inspires a blazing anthem of hope that will finally guide him home.
Brimming with emotion and adventure, AMAZING GRACE is an unforgettable musical saga that captures the spirit of history’s sweetest and most powerful sound: freedom.
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CAST OF CHARACTERS
JOHN NEWTON: (Tenor, Caucasian – 20’s) British Dialect (RP) A rebel, who is roguishly attractive. Starts the show arrogant, defiant, and resentful after the early loss of his mother. He turns his back on his musical gifts, and dreams of adventure and profit on the high seas in the slave trade. He is smitten with his childhood friend Mary and longs for a relationship with his aloof and severe father. Through his many trials and tribulations he transforms into a passionate, selfless man who pens the lyrics to the title song and devotes the rest of his life to abolishing slavery.
MARY CATLETT: (Mezzo-Soprano/Soprano, Caucasian – 20’s) British Dialect (RP) – Chatham, England’s own songbird who longs for a career as a concert vocalist, possessing a noble spirit and elegant beauty. Her inquisitive nature and courage lead her to a life of intrigue in the anti-slavery movement. She loves John as a man and as a friend and she never stops seeing the good in him.
PAKUTEH (THOMAS): (Bari-tenor, African/African American – 35 – 50) African Dialect -Resourceful and protective, Thomas has been the house slave of the Newton family since John’s boyhood, effectively raising him after his mother’s death. He possesses a quiet inner strength and patience, which helps him deal with John’s unpredictable and volatile behavior, as well as and his own enslavement.
CAPTAIN NEWTON: (Baritone, Caucasian – 50’s to 60’s) British Dialect (RP) – John’s father, head of the Royal Africa Company, a successful slave-trading empire. Charismatic, authoritative, disciplined, and cool. He is purpose-driven and dreams that his son will rise through educated and perhaps become a member of the British Parliament.
KATUMAH (NANNA): (Alto, African/African-American – 30’s to 40’s) African Dialect – The nurturing, wise and protective house servant of the Catletts. Sold into captivity as a young woman, she is pragmatic, deeply spiritual and has come to love Mary like her own daughter.
MAJOR ARCHIBALD GRAY: (Tenor, Caucasian – 30’s) British Dialect (RP) – Gray is fastidious, self-assured and confident to the point of narcissism. His Royal relatives have assured him promotion within the army and he now deals with thorny problems such as the rising tide of abolitionism.
PRINCESS PEYAI: (Alto, African-American – 30’s to 40’s) African Dialect – The stunning, charismatic African princess of the Sherbro tribe. Based on an actual person, she is a powerful slave trader who, through an alliance with the French, sells her own people into bondage. Peyai is ambitous, seductive, and ruthless.
NOTE: The following roles were originally cast from an ensemble of 15 actors consisting of 6 Male English Ensemble, 3 African Male Ensemble, 3 English Female Ensemble and 3 African Female Ensemble. These roles also included understudies for the 7 Principals:
YEMA: (African/African-American, 20’s) African Dialect – Nanna’s daughter, now a domestic slave to Princess Peyai in Africa. She is compassionate, but deeply wounded by the sale of her mother.
CARLOTTA NEWTON: (Caucasian, olive skin) Italian dialect – Second wife to Captain Newton. John perceives her as a coarse opportunist, on the make and using his father to rise into a higher social standing.
...as spectacular as anything on Broadway...
...elicits widespread gasps & cheering from the audience!”
An epic romance.
Artfully produced on the lavish scale of Les Mis."
'Amazing Grace' is nothing short of amazing!"
superb, intense performances."