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Episode 99: Amazing Broadway

Release Date October 27, 2014


Melinda Schmidt sits down with long-time theater producer Carolyn Rossi Copeland about how she's connected her mission of bringing hope – to the stage.

Amazing Grace – the musical

Based on the true story of the man who penned the familiar hymn, it is a telling of John Newton as a rebellious slave trader and the woman who never lost faith in him. While fighting the raging seas and his own despair, Newton’s life is suddenly transformed, igniting a quest to end the scourge of slavery.

Amazing Grace is featured at the Bank of America Theatre in Chicago through November 2. For more information, visit Broadway in Chicago or the Amazing Grace show website.

Music in this episode are excerpts from Amazing Grace and are written by Christopher Smith.

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In This Episode


Carolyn Rossi Copeland
Carolyn Rossi Copeland has spent her career discovering and nurturing talent, and fostering artistic collaborations. Her work has taken her throughout the world. Aside from serving as executive producer of the pre-Broadway musical, Amazing Grace, she has produced numerous shows, including being selected to oversee the unique and sensitive task of the re-opening of The Scarlet Pimpernel on Broadway. This production made history as the first musical to be re-written and re-cast while still running on Broadway. Carolyn and her husband, James, live in New York City, and they have four adult daughters.

Amazing Grace the Musical

Christopher Smith
Amazing Grace is Christopher Smith’s first work of professional writing. He is the concept creator, composer, lyricist and co-author of the book. Chris is entirely self-taught. The show was born while Chris was working as a police officer and a youth outreach and education director in Montgomery County, Pa. Chris and his wife Alana have three children – Joshua, Alana and Alexandra.


Melinda Schmidt

Melinda Schmidt
Melinda appreciates observing how the complexities of culture and faith influence one another. Her core words are freedom, orderliness, twirling, beauty and seed-planting. She enjoys this cozy time of year the in the Midwest which includes comfort food, imbibed while she makes her way through challenging classwork for her Grad degree at Wheaton College. She lives with her husband, Dave, and their little blessing named Pippa – a long-haired Chihuahua/Min Pin – you'd love 'er!