'Come From Away' Set To Land On Broadway

Come From Away, the Canadian musical that explores the lasting connection forged between a group of travelers whose planes were diverted to a small Newfoundland town on September 11, 2001, will arrive on Broadway February 18,  at a Shubert theatre to be announced. The musical has set an official opening night for March 12.

Come From Away features book, music and lyrics by the Canadian husband-and-wife team Irene Sankoff and David Hein (My Mother's Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding). Tony Award nominee Christopher Ashley (Memphis) directs.

The production has also announced plans for two benefit concerts that will benefit Newfoundland charities that support the affected communities whose towns doubled in size when more than 6,600 people were stranded in Newfoundland on September 11. The concerts were conceived to honor residents of Newfoundland and Labrador and the “come from aways” whose lives inspired the new musical. Cast members from the musical will perform concerts October 29 at the Steele Community Centre in Gander, NL. More information can be found here.

Come From Away had its world premiere at the La Jolla Playhouse in summer 2015, prior to a run at the Seattle Repertory Theatre last fall, where it broke box-office records. The new musical will play pre-Broadway engagements at Washington, DC's Ford's Theatre September 2-October 9, followed by a November 15-January 8, 2017, run at Toronto's Royal Alexandria Theatre.

Here's how it's billed: “In a heartbeat, 38 planes and 6,579 passengers were forced to land in Gander, Newfoundland, doubling the population of one small town on the edge of the world. On September 11, 2001 the world stopped. On September 12, their stories moved us all.”

Junkyard Dog Productions, which also ushered Memphis and First Date to Broadway after West Coast engagements, is producing the new musical.


-- Source: Playbill



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