A touring production of the new musical, which had its Broadway debut in 2015, makes its way to the Tilles Center stage. Based on the inspiring true story behind the beloved song, it tells the story of John Newton, a former slave ship captain who later joined the abolition movement. A tale of romance, rebellion and redemption, this production follows one man whose incredible journey ignited a historic wave of change. 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 — or embracing the more compassionate views of his childhood sweetheart. Accompanied by his slave, Thomas, Newton embarks on a perilous voyage on the high seas. When that journey finds him in his darkest hour, a transformative moment of self-reckoning inspires a blazing anthem of hope that will finally guide him home.
Friday, March 16, 8 p.m. $79, $69, $59, $49. Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, LIU Post, Route 25A, Brookville. (800) 745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com or www.tillescenter.org.
Jayson & Elysa Hochman
The creative musical couple behind Jay & Lee Rumba Flamenca and founders of the New York Guitar Academy, share their dynamic acoustic guitar and world fusion vibe. Joined by Chris Howard on percussion, the duo offers up a lively evening of Spanish, Flamenco and classical guitar tunes. They will perform a repertoire of their original compositions and their own unique arrangements of renowned Spanish, classical and Nuevo Flamenco guitar pieces. This engaging couple captivates audiences with their beautiful and powerful concerts, with stunning melodies composed by Jayson that are complimented by Elysa’s rhythmic grooves.
Friday, March 16, 7 p.m. $20-$30. Coe Hall, Planting Fields, 1395 Planting Fields Rd., Oyster Bay. (516) 922-8600 or www.plantingfields.org.