Amazing Grace, A New Musical

The Project : 

a closed reading of

Amazing Grace, The True Story

presented by Carolyn Rossi Copeland

The Pitch :

Set in the mid-18th Century, Amazing Grace takes John Newton from ne'er-do-well heir of a thriving English slave trade concern to  fervent abolitionist and composer of the western world's most beloved hymn. 

The Team :  

Christopher Smith, book, music & lyrics
Arthur Giron, book 

Gabriel Barre, director 
Kimberly Grigsby, music supervisor 


Josh Young, Katie Rose Clarke, Robert Cuccioli, Andrew Samonsky, Laiona Michelle, Quentin Earl Darrington, Harriett D. Foy, Kayla Vanderbilt, Struan Erlenborn, Alison Cimmet, Andrew Durrand, Rachel Ferrera, Scott Richard Foster, Carly Hughes, Christopher Kale Jones, Allen Kendall, Kevin Smith Kirkwood, Sarah Knapp, Elizabeth Ward Land, Dan Sharkey, Charles E. Wallace


Eugene Gwozdz, music director & piano 
John Clancy, percussion

Pat McCorkle Casting, Pat McMorkle, Joe Lopick, Carter Niles

Don Myers, stage manager
Sara Swanberg, assistant stage manager
Robert E. Schneider, general manager
Steven Yuhasz, assistant director 


I played Billingsley (hard nosed captain of HMS Harwich), Monsieur Clow (French henchman to an African slave trader off the coast of Sierra Leone). Oh, yes. And a very contented baker in the English seaside town of Chatham.