Why See Come From Away?
Flying out on tour
Following well-received engagements on Broadway and its premiere city Toronto, this new hit musical based on true events will launch its first-ever national tour in Seattle in October 2018! Nominated for eight Tony Awards and nine Drama Desk gongs, this is a musical that celebrates human endurance, compassion and bravery under dreadful circumstances. Written by Canadian husband and wife team Irene Snakoff and David Hein, this surprise hit is the toast of Broadway.
What is Come From Away About?
On September 11th 2001, as the full horror of the terror attacks became apparent, the US closed its airspace, grounding thousands of passenger jets heading in, out and throughout of North America. An astonishing 38 of them were forced to land in Gander, a remote Newfoundland town with a population of just 9,000 people. The arrival of the passengers boosted those numbers to nearly 20,000.
Come From Away focuses on a single set of passengers from one flight and the Gander residents who welcomed them into their homes. Amongst this diverse set of characters is American Airlines' first female pilot, a gay couple both called Kevin, and an Egyptian chef, whose initial apprehensions about the reception he will receive proves unfounded. Weaving together all of their storylines, the show creates an affirming portrait of human connection in the most trying of circumstances.
Did You Know?
The musical gets its title from Newfoundland slang. The people of Gander refer to the passengers as "come from aways".
Opening night: 30 July 2019
Recommended for ages 10+. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.
100 minutes, no intermission
Cast and Creative
Christine Toy Johnson
James Earl Jones II
Danielle K. Thomas
Marika Aubrey, Jane Bunting, Michael Brian Dunn, Julie Garnyé, Adam Halpin and Aaron Michael Ray
Book, Music & Lyrics by Irene Sankoff & David Hein
Directed by Christopher Ashley
Music Direction by Ian Eisendrath
Choreography by Kelly Devine
Scenic Design by Beowulf Boritt
Costume Design by Toni-Leslie
Lighting Design by James Howell Binkley
Sound Design by Gareth Owen
2017 TONY AWARD WINS
Best Direction of a Musical - Christopher Ashley
2017 Tony Award Nominations
Best Musical Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical - Jenn Colella Best Book of a Musical - Irene Sankoff and David Hein Best Original Score - Irene Sankoff and David Hein Best Lighting Design of a Musical - Howell Binkley Best Direction of a Musical - Christopher Ashley Best Choreography - Kelly Devine
2017 DRAMA DESK WINS
Outstanding Musical Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical - Jenn Colella Outstanding Book of a Musical - Irene Sankoff and David Hein
2017 DRAMA DESK NOMINATIONS
Outstanding Musical Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical - Jenn Colella Outstanding Book of a Musical - Irene Sankoff and David Hein Outstanding Director of a Musical - Christopher Ashley Oustanding Music - Irene Sankoff and David Hein Oustanding Lyrics - Irene Sankoff and David Hein Outstanding Choreography - Kelly Devine Outstanding Orchestrations - August Eriksmoen Outstanding Costume Design for a Musical - Toni-Leslie James
What we thought
BEAUTIFUL moving Original
Everything about this show is accessible, nothing feels forced or contrived, it is simply honest and real, and truly beautiful!
Our Broadway reviewer saw Come From Away on Broadway and had this to say about this ground-breaking production!Read full review
What you thought
4 reviews, average rating: (5.0 Stars)
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we saw this show in NYC last summer and were amazed at the whole production... more
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