This New York Times Critics’ Pick takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town(s) in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships. Don’t miss this breathtaking new musical written. Newsweekcheers, “It takes you to a place you never want to leave!”
On 9/11, the world stopped.
On 9/12, their stories moved us all.
Read all about it at: https://comefromaway.com
(excerpt From The Daily Beast)
The first hearty laugh and cheer from the audience at Come From Away goes to mention of the Gander, Newfoundland, branch of Canadian fast food franchise Tim Horton’s, where the locals daily greet each other with businesslike mentions of each other's name.
One result of the chaos of the closing down of American airspace was that 38 international flights containing 6,700 passengers were forced to land in Gander.
The locals threw open their school halls and their homes to "the plane people"—and this already much-praised La Jolla Playhouse and Seattle Repertory Theatre musical, with book, music, and lyrics by Irene Sankoff and David Hein, is the rollicking, all-singing and dancing distillation of what happened next.
Sankoff and Hein attended the 10th anniversary reunion of townspeople and passengers: hearing their stories proved to be the seed for a show that takes the 9/11 maxim of "never forget" and makes it a celebration of the best of humankind.,, But Come From Away doesn't trivialize the events of 9/11 or seek to facetiously co-opt them. It is as simple in its focus as the acts of goodness and gratitude at its thematic core.
The goodness of people and the meaning of community is what is constantly reinforced, with very little tension to throw it into relief. Come From Away is Broadway's This Is Us: like NBC's hit family drama, this is a piece of theatre to make its viewers feel good about themselves and how we as a community, when tested, rise to the challenge: a soothing, uplifting piece of art for vexing times.
Come From Away will be part of the
2020-2021 CAPA series here in Columbus. Watch for it!!!
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