Book, Music & Lyrics by Irene Sankoff & David Hein
Directed By Christopher Ashley
Choreographed by Kelly Devine
Music Supervision: Ian Eisendrath
Cast: Petrina Bromley, Geno Carr, Jenn Colella, Joel Hatch, Rodney Hicks, Kendra Kassebaum, Chad Kimball, Lee MacDougall, Caesar Samayoa, Q. Smith, Astrid Van Wieren, Sharon Wheatley
Scenic Design: Beowulf Boritt
Costume Design: Toni-Leslie James
Lighting Design: Howell Binkley
Sound Design: Gareth Owen
Orchestrations: August Eriksmoen
First Performance February 18, 2017
Opening March 12, 2017
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‘Come From Away’ is the breathtaking new musical that played record-breaking engagements in La Jolla, Seattle, Washington D.C., and Toronto. Written by Canadians Irene Sankoff and David Hein, this is the stunning production from Tony-nominated director Christopher Ashley (Memphis) that the Los Angeles Times calls “an affecting and stirring new musical.”
In a heartbeat, 38 planes with 6,579 passengers were stranded in a remote town in Newfoundland. The locals opened their hearts and homes, hosting this international community of strangers–spurring unexpected camaraderie in extraordinary circumstances.
On September 11, 2001 the world stopped. On September 12, their stories moved us all.
Ben Brantley – New York Times
Try, if you must, to resist the gale of good will that blows out of “Come From Away,” the big bearhug of a musical that opened on Sunday night at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater. But even the most stalwart cynics may have trouble staying dry-eyed during this portrait of heroic hospitality under extraordinary pressure.
Joe Dziemianowicz – NY Daily News
Blame Canada. No, actually, thank our neighbors to the north for “Come From Away,” a big-hearted and crowd-pleasing musical about compassion and community in the wake of 9/11, now on Broadway at the Schoenfeld Theatre.
Marilyn Stasio – Variety
Here’s that feel-good show that audiences constantly pine for. “Come from Away” is a modest, earnest, life-affirming musical by Irene Sankoff and David Hein that makes people think the human race might not be doomed, after all. Based on true events, the show celebrates the generosity of a small Canadian town that welcomed some 7,000 stranded passengers from airplanes diverted in the air and grounded in the immediate aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001.
Tim Teeman – The Daily Beast
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.
Jeremy Gerard – Deadline
Come From Away eludes the jaded critic’s arsenal of dismissive thrusts. It’s necessary balm for this mean time.
Peter Marks – Washington Post
The lump that forms in your throat in the opening minutes of “Come From Away” — and remains lodged there for 100 buoyant minutes more — is the physiological confirmation that this effervescent musical, enveloped in Canadian good will, is an antidote for what ails the American soul.
Matthew Murray – Talkin’ Broadway
For many Americans—and undoubtedly for many New Yorkers—memories of September 11, 2001, still sting. Even now, it seems as though there’s no amount of distance that can completely salve the wounds that were opened that day. With their new musical at the Gerald Schoenfeld, Come From Away, Irene Sankoff and David Hein try to do so from a remove of about 1,700 miles (give or take), and, perhaps not surprisingly, only intermittently succeed.
Frank Scheck – The Hollywood Reporter
The true-life story that inspired the new musical Come From Away would seem like the stuff of a Frank Capra movie. The show relates the tale of how a small Newfoundland town in 2001 found itself unexpectedly hosting 7,000 airline passengers stranded there for days after 9/11. But though the material might have lent itself to sickly sweet sentimentality, creators Irene Sankoff and David Hein have crafted a heartwarming and thoroughly entertaining musical. Especially in these politically fractious times, it should prove a true crowd-pleaser on Broadway following previous hit engagements in San Diego, Washington and Toronto.
Jesse Green – Vulture
The cast of 12 plays at least 40 roles, both locals and plane people, most of them whizzing past our attention too quickly and indistinguishably (despite Toni-Leslie James’s clever quick-change costume elements) to make lasting impressions. Even when they do, the show’s pageantlike structure, in which bits of story are connected by setting and theme rather than by action, prevents those impressions from deepening over time the way they must. There’s a lot of snow in Gander but no accumulation.
Robert Hofler – The Wrap
If you’re someone who enjoys being stuck on an airplane for hours as it sets on the tarmac, here’s the musical for you. “Come From Away” opened Sunday at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, and it brings back every airport nightmare you’ve ever experienced times four.
Chris Jones – Chicago Tribune
You might think of this populist musical, which was written by the Canadian team of Irene Sankoff and David Hein, directed by Christopher Ashley with breathless, intermissionless bonhomie, and that features one of the older casts ever seen in a Broadway musical, as an idealization of human selflessness. For the record, it was received with atypical warmth and affection on the night I saw the show. Truly atypical.
Linda Winer – Newsday
Well, “Come From Away” may not be Broadway’s first feel-good musical about the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, but it is a feel-pretty-nice musical. Think of the simple 100-minute show as psychological training wheels, perhaps a way to ease us into the unbearable stories our playwrights might someday ask us to confront.