Amazing Grace/Photo by Joan Marcus

Amazing Grace: The saga continues

Theater | The Broadway musical heads to Washington’s Museum of the Bible
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 4/17/17, 02:26 pm

Ten years ago WORLD, I believe, was the first national publication to report of an effort to bring a strong Christian musical to Broadway.

We don’t like to follow a sad but common journalistic tendency—get a story and then abandon those whose lives are tied to it—so it’s a pleasure to report that Amazing Grace, after a short and unsustainable Broadway run in 2015, will in November become the first production ever on the boards of the brand new World Stage Theater at the Museum of the Bible in Washington D.C.

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Joan Marcus for Fellowship for Performing Arts

Luther and his legacy

Theater | Max McLean’s theater company puts the great reformer in the dock on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation
by Emily Belz
Posted 1/27/17, 03:54 pm

Max McLean’s Fellowship for Performing Arts has its latest production playing off-Broadway in New York—Martin Luther on Trial. The story, which McLean wrote along with playwright and King’s College professor Chris Cragin-Day, imagines Lucifer putting Luther on trial to see whether the father of the Protestant Reformation belongs in hell rather than heaven. In this show, McLean is essentially a producer—he does not act in the play itself. A national tour is in the works after the play’s New York run ends Jan. 29.

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Acts of belief

Theater | Bringing the supernatural to stage
by Emily Belz
Posted 1/27/17, 03:06 pm

Two Christians in the theater world have found professional success creating smart, funny plays that communicate Christian ideas. Jeffrey Fiske is a playwright based in Williamsburg, Va., whose plays have run in both Christian and secular theater companies in Washington, D.C., New York, Chicago, and elsewhere. Fiske adapted and directed C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters for the stage with actor and producer Max McLean. The play had several popular runs throughout the United States and most recently in London.

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