Ville du Havre is based on the true events that inspired the hymn, "It is Well". The script interweaves the lives of Horatio Spafford, the man who wrote the lyrics, and Philip Bliss, the man who wrote the melody. After facing several tragic events (the death of his son, loss of property in the Chicago fire, and the drowning of his four daughters as they travelled to England on the Ville du Havre), Spafford is inspired to write the famous words as he passes over the spot where the shipwreck occurred. Throughout the play, the events that lead up to the writing occur, as Bliss struggles to find the melody and faces his own tragedy-his wife leaving him after struggling with infertility. However, the overall message is one of hope, as both men are able to arrive at peace in their own lives and the hymn comes to completion.
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