"Who would have thought that a musical based on the life of John Newton, a British slave trader turned clergyman, abolitionist, and hymn writer (yes, he wrote "Amazing Grace") would turn out to be such a ripping yarn? True, Arthur Giron and Christopher Smith (who's also behind the music and lyrics) embellish his story, fashioning a carefully crafted plot out of a chaotic if fascinating life. But who cares? This is theater, after all, not a classroom. And this "pre-Broadway" Equity production packed with fine songs, stirring adventure, and amazing stage effects—not to mention an ensemble's worth of terrific performances—is absolutely riveting. From the moment charismatic Josh Young enters as Newton, we want to know the story of this gifted young man, who told no lie when he called himself a wretch."
-Jack Helbig, Chicago Reader