Faith, Media & Culture

Here’s today’s dispatch from the crossroads of faith, media and culture.

How sweet the sound. I spent yesterday (6/2) morning attending a musical presentation by the cast of the upcoming Broadway show Amazing Grace  featuring songs from the production which begins previews at the Nederlander Theatre on June 25th. The play tells the true story of John Newton (Josh Young) , the son of a slave trader who became a slave ship captain before a powerful storm at sea led him to embrace his Christian faith. He would go on to become a major force in the British abolitionist movement and to write the timeless inspirational song from which the show takes its title.

I can tell you that judging from what I saw and heard yesterday, this looks like Broadway’s next Les Misérables. In other words, get your tickets now.  I’ll be posting an interview with producer Carolyn Rossi Copeland next week.

BTW, Amazing Grace just finished a critically-acclaimed and commercially-successful test run in Chicago.  Here are some clips from that production. It’s worth noting that the entire cast you see here is making the move to Broadway.

Encourage one another and build each other up – 1 Thessalonians 5:11

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