Ford’s Theatre Set to Present World-Premiere Musical ‘Grace’

Nolan Williams, Jr. (center) with Grace ambassadors Sheila Johnson and Carla Hall. Image credit: Marvin Joseph

Beginning March 18, 2022, Ford’s Theatre will present the world-premiere of Grace, a new musical about family, food, and tradition, by Nolan Williams, Jr.

The production features an all-Black creative team and cast, book by Williams and Pulitzer-Prize nominated Nikkole Salter, and is directed by Robert Barry Fleming.

Grace captures a day in the life of the Mintons, a fictional Philadelphia family who gather to mourn the loss of their matriarch and deal with the future of their family restaurant in a changing neighborhood.

Alongside the heartfelt story, Grace is packed with an eclectic mix of music. Styles include Jazz, R&B, rousing up-tempos and raise-the-roof ballads, singing stories that dive into African-American culinary tradition and the challenges faced by Black-owned businesses.

“Grace is ultimately a story about culture,” Williams explained.  “It raises questions about how we preserve and honor culture and contemplates the myriad of ways in which culture is lost, disregarded or misrepresented. Now, more than ever, this is an important conversation for us to engage in.”

Performances of Grace take the stage March 18 to May 14, 2022. Tickets are now on sale and range from $22 to $81. Discounts are available for groups, members, senior citizens, military personnel and those younger than age 35. The production is recommended for ages 10 and older.