(CBS) — A new musical opening soon in Chicago before it heads to Broadway, tells the story behind one of the world’s best known songs, reports WBBM’s Regine Schlesinger.
It’s a song that’s resonated through the generations. The play about its composition is called “Amazing Grace.” The musical was conceived and co-authored by a relative novice to the theater, Christopher Smith, a former police officer who stumbled across the story of English slavetrader, John Newton, the man who wrote Amazing Grace.READ MORE: Oak Park Condo Owners Say Repair Work Has Gone Nowhere After More Than A Year And A Half, Despite Hefty Fees To Contractor
“I was actually wandering through a library and I picked a book off a shelf at random. It said ‘John Newton.’ I had no idea he had written ‘Amazing Grace,’” Smith said.