COME FROM AWAY!
- By Deborah Behrens
- Photo Courtesy of Center Theatre Group
Commercial planes played a central role in the tragic events of 9/11. But what happened to passengers on international NYC-bound flights that were diverted to other locations that day? Broadway’s critically acclaimed new musical Come From Away tells the incredible true story of 6,500 passengers from 100 countries on 38 planes who were re-routed to the Canadian town of Gander, Newfoundland (pop. 10,000) and the local citizenry fated to welcome them.
Tony and Grammy Award nominees David Hein and Irene Sankoff (Come From Away) interviewed members of both groups in 2011 during a ten-year anniversary reunion of that five-day visit. Directed by Tony Award winner Christopher Ashley (Come From Away), twelve actors portray more than 40 characters that are composites of passengers and townsfolk while an eight-piece onstage band plays an energizing original Celtic/folk-rock score with British Isles influences and world music elements. This New York Times Critics’ Pick show is a heartwarming tribute to the best aspects of human nature and friendships forged during a time of unfathomable horror.
“An affecting, stirring and unpretentious new musical. Christopher Ashley’s production lets the simple goodness of ordinary people outshine sensational evil.” Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times
Through January 6th. For more information, click here.