New in 2017 A new rock musical that explores the lasting connection forged between a group of travelers whose planes were diverted to a small Newfoundland town by the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
From the producers: 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.
"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 production moves to Broadway after its critically acclaimed run at Ford's Theatre in Washington D.C.
The cast includes Tony Award nominee Chad Kimball ("Memphis"), Petrina Bromley, Geno Carr, Jenn Colella, Joel Hatch, Rodney Hicks, Kendra Kassebaum, Lee MacDougall, Caesar Samayoa, Q. Smith, Astrid Van Wieren, Sharon Wheatley, Josh Breckenridge, Susan Dunstan, Tamika Lawrence, and Tony LePage.
Even the most stalwart cynics may have trouble staying dry-eyed during this portrait of heroic hospitality under extraordinary pressure. The show starts off in a grating key of deep earnestness...but as it proceeds, [it] covers a vast expanse of sensitive material with a respect for its complexity. The performers manage to convey clearly separate, idiosyncratic identities.
"Come from Away" doesn't have an ironic or cynical bone in its body. It's a celebration of the best human instincts, and doesn't seem at all hokey. It's cheering and refreshing. [The musical] tells its many-sided story in an effective, fast-moving style. The well-integrated songs range literally from foot-stompers to ballads. "Come From Away" tells its story efficiently, but also with a sense of completeness. It's a tale well-worth hearing.