The musical “Amazing Grace” struggled to find an audience on Broadway in 2015, but now it will head to friendlier territory: the new Museum of the Bible in Washington. The Christian-themed musical will be the first production at the museum, and it is scheduled to run for eight weeks starting Nov. 18.
“Amazing Grace” centers on the British slave trader turned abolitionist John Newton, who wrote the hymn for which musical is named. The musical was written by Christopher Smith, and the Broadway run starred the Tony nominee Josh Young. The production had graphic depictions of slavery, received tepid reviews and closed after four months.
The musical will now play two blocks away from the National Mall, in the museum’s 472-seat World Stage Theater. The theater will feature a 360-degree mapping system that projects images. Producers for “Amazing Grace” expect that the museum run will be the first leg of a national tour.
The Museum of the Bible opens this fall, and was created by members of the Oklahoma-based Green family, who own Hobby Lobby. It will contain some 40,000 biblical artifacts.