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Amazing Grace

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  • DIRECTED BY GABRIEL BARRE
  • CHOREOGRAPHY BY CHRISTOPHER GATTELLI
  • MUSIC AND LYRICS BY CHRISTOPHER SMITH
  • BOOK BY CHRISTOPHER SMITH AND ARTHUR GIRON

AMAZING GRACE is a world premiere 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 — and embracing the more compassionate views of his childhood sweetheart. But when a perilous voyage on the high seas 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.

AMAZING GRACE opened in Chicago, played Broadway and toured the US. It has a residency at the Museum of the Bible and is now available for licensing.

Amateur and Stock Licenses are now available.
Please visit AmazingGraceLicensing.com for more information

Carolyn is the Executive Producer of Strouse IP

The music of Charles Strouse has touched the life of almost every American in the last half century. There may be no other living composer from America's songbook whose work is as integrated into the popular culture as that of Charles Strouse.

His music has attracted top recording artists such as Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Bobby Darin, Harry Connick, Jr., Jay–Z, Louis Armstrong, Nina Simone, and Duke Ellington and his Orchestra.

RAGS: An American Musical

  • Book by Joseph Stein | Music by Charles Strouse
  • Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz | Revised book by David Thompson
  • Directed by Rob Ruggiero

Musical theatre masterminds Stephen Schwartz (Pippin), Charles Strouse (Annie), and Joseph Stein (Fiddler on the Roof) join forces in Rags, a musical about the immigrants who make up "The Fabric of America." Fresh off an acclaimed run in London,Rags is more relevant than ever.

Rebecca Hershkowitz and her young son arrive on the shores of America in 1910 in search of a better life. What they find is a country that might not be the promised land they expected. Nevertheless, opportunities abound, and a community of immigrants comes together as they look towards a new future on the horizon.

Rags played Manchester, England in 2019 and London, where it closed in February 2020. Original Cast Recording available.

Freud’s Last Session

New York, Chicago, Madrid, Buenos Aires, Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro, Stockholm, Mexico City, Seattle, Atlanta, Orlando, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Palm Beach


  • By Mark St. Germain
  • Directed by Tyler Marchant

A few weeks before his death in 1939, Sigmund Freud received a visit from an Oxford professor at his home in London. The identity of the caller is lost to history, but playwright Mark St. Germain imagines that it was a young C.S. Lewis, prior to his fame as a religious philosopher and the author of the Narnia books. In Freud’s Last Session, now playing at New World Stages in New York City, the pioneer of psychoanalysis debates the existence of God with the passionate advocate of Christianity, who has had a conversion from strident atheism.

St. Germain has previously played with history and fiction in such plays as Camping With Henry and Tom (an encounter between Henry Ford and Thomas Edison) and Ears on a Beatle (two FBI agents eavesdropping on John Lennon). Director Tyler Marchant keeps the action moving around set designer Brian Prather's faithful reproduction of Freud's office—complete with the famous couch.