The Broadway musical Come From Away, which has been playing to standing-room only since opening on the Great White Way in March 2017, is coming to Melbourne in July 2019, produced by Rodney Rigby and Junkyard Dog Productions. It tells the remarkable true story of the days immediately following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 when American air space was closed and 38 planes and 6,479 passengers were forced to land in Gander, Newfoundland, almost doubling the population of the remote Canadian town. Tensions initially ran high and cultures clashed but gratitude grew into trust and enduring friendships were formed.
The original Broadway cast of Come From Away. Photograph © Matthew Murphy
Come From Away features book, music and lyrics by Candian husband-and-wife Irene Sankoff and David Hein, who inerviewed many of the people involved. Following sold-out world premieres at La Jolla Playhouse and Seattle Repertory Theatre, the musical was presented by Washington’s Ford Theatre before moving to Broadway, where director Christopher Ashley won a Tony Award.
“Try, if you must, to resist the gale of good will that blows out of Come From Away… But even the most stalwart cynics may have trouble staying dry-eyed during this portrait of heroic hospitality under extraordinary pressure,” said the The New York Times review, describing the show as a “big bearhug of a musical”. The Los Angeles Times called it “an affecting, stirring and unpretentious new musical”, saying “Christopher Ashley’s production lets the simple goodness of ordinary people outshine sensational evil”.
When Come From Away opened on Broadway, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who has placed great emphasis on welcoming refugees, a policy at odds with the stance of the Trump administration, took Ivanka Trump, daughter of US President Donald Trump, to see it.
Come From Away will open in Melbourne next year at the newly renovated Comedy Theatre, which is to undergo a major refurbishment with work commencing in late 2018.
News and ticket waitlist can be found HERE