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Come From Away
Interesting Facts and History
Come From Away is a breathtaking and remarkable new musical on Broadway that takes patrons on the true story of how a very small town in a faraway land welcomed the entire world. Irene Sankoff and David Hein wrote the musical and Tony Award Nominee Christopher Ashley is the Director. Ashley is noted for his work with Memphis.
Come From Away is 100 minutes long without intermission and is appropriate for ages 10 and up. The show appears at the following location:
Gerald Shoenfeld Theatre
236 West 45th Street
New York, NY 10036
The Canadian Music Theatre Project originally developed Come From Away in 2013 in Ontario, Canada. The musical was under further development at the Godspeed Musical’s Festival of New Artists in East Haddam, Connecticut. From this point the musical appeared in La Jolla, California and at the Seattle Repertory Theatre. It was in La Jolla and Seattle where Come From Away enjoyed absolutely massive success leading up to its emergence on Broadway. During the late fall and winter of 2016 in Toronto, the musical shattered ticket sales records at the Royal Alexandra Theatre.
Come From Away tackles the experiences immediately following the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York City on September 11, 2001. However, the musical does this from an extremely clever and interesting angle. Following the attacks the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration shut down its airspace and subsequently forced about 4,000 aircraft to find a spot to land at the nearest location. Gander International Airport in Newfoundland at that time learned it would soon become the home to 18 unexpected aircraft. By the end of Tuesday, 9/11/2001, Gander would welcome 38 planes with almost 6,600 people in terms of the crews and passengers. This was quite an avalanche of folks for such a small community. In fact, Gander only had about 10,000 residents total so this sudden infusion increased the population by almost 70% instantly.
The musical incorporates modern rock and other styles as it chronicles those highly intriguing days just after the 9/11 attacks. Almost seven thousand people were stranded not entirely sure what to think of what just happened and if and when the airspace would again be cleared for travel. Numerous themes and stories develop and evolve around how the existing citizens of Gander interact with and welcome the highly diverse and colorful group of folks unfortunately stranded under these circumstances. Feelings and relationships build and grow and there are lasting effects that carry on even many years later.
Come From Away is certain to have an immense effect on audiences and bring the riveting success it has seen elsewhere to Broadway and the big spotlight of New York City. Enjoy the show.