Givens Performing Arts Center presents Broadway’s “Amazing Grace: The Musical” at UNC-Pembroke Tuesday, March 13, at 7:30 p.m.
The musical, written by Christopher Smith and Arthur Giron, is the story of John Newton, the captain of a slave ship who joins the abolition movement. Newton is best known for writing the famous hymn “Amazing Grace,” giving the musical its name. The story includes themes of romance, rebellion and redemption.
Newton, son of a slave trader, comes of age in Britain in the 1700s. He is torn between following in his father’s footsteps and following his heart and the guidance of his childhood sweetheart. It is on the high seas in the company of his slave, Thomas, that Newton faces his reality and wrestles with his conscience.
“Every audience that sees it has the same reaction,” said Carolyn Rossi Copeland, producer of the musical. “They are moved, they understand that change is possible for even the worst of human beings.”
North Carolina is one of 27 states the musical is showing in during its eight-week tour. The national tour is led by Gabriel Barre, the original Broadway director, and Christopher Gattelli, the original Broadway choreographer.
“My husband is from North Carolina, I’ve had three daughters go to school in North Carolina. So, I’m glad we get to come to North Carolina,” said Copeland, adding that the traveling performance does its best to replicate the feeling of seeing the show on Broadway.
“We really worked very hard to duplicate what people would’ve seen on Broadway,” she said. “The first act is one of the most beautiful scenic acts in theater.”
UNC-Pembroke hosts “Amazing Grace: The Musical” Tuesday, March 13, at 7:30 p.m. at the GPAC. Ticket prices range from $21 to $41 for alumni; $16 for children or non- UNCP students; $16 for faculty or staff; and $10 for UNCP students. Visit www.uncp.edu/gpac to purchase tickets.