, Chuck Cooper
and Erin Mackey
star in Amazing Grace
, the true story of a former slave trader who wrote the hymn beloved across the globe. Composer Christopher Smith
(music, lyrics, and book along with Arthur Giron
) is not formerly trained — he took some lessons as a kid, but never learned to read or write music well. He sat down with Playbill to share his unconventional, but very effective, collaborative songwriting process.