When the U.S. government shut down its airspace on 9/11, 38 civilian and four military incoming flights were blocked and rerouted to Gander, Newfoundland. Over 6,000 passengers and crewmembers found themselves stranded in the small Canadian town until they could find their way back home. Come From Away is the story of this town, its people and the power of selflessness and hospitality in the face of tragedy.
On September 11, 2001 the world stopped. On September 12, their stories moved us all.
Written by Canadians Irene Sankoff and David Hein, Come From Away has played record-breaking engagements in La Jolla, Seattle, Washington D.C., and Toronto. On February 18, it will make its Broadway debut at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre.
From its first iteration on the La Jolla Playhouse stage in Seattle to its upcoming debut on Broadway, Come From Away has carried and will continue to present the heart of Gander and the people by which it is inspired. The honesty and accurate portrayal of the story is no surprise, as the cast and crew experienced Gander first-hand, in a benefit concert for the heroic community. The passion of the people on and off the stage has made the show popular among its previous audiences, and is sure to win the hearts of theatergoers as it makes its way to Broadway.
Broadway Inbound team members got a sneak peak of the musical, and here’s what we thought:
“I attended the opening in Seattle and was fortunate enough to travel with the company for the concert in Gander. Both experiences were remarkable—energetic and filled with encouragement. The story is told simply and powerfully, allowing the audience to focus on the positive spirit of the people involved who became caught up in a situation they had little control over and made the very best of it. They are amazing, and their uplifting stories need to be shared. I’ll bet most people have no idea this event up in Gander, Newfoundland ever happened and I can’t wait to see its effect on the NYC Broadway audience.” – Bob H.
“Seeing this show, I realized the complexity of the situation and was intrigued by how genuine joy and humanity could have arisen through such a tragic situation." – Kayla B.
“I was able to meet and listen to the stories of the real-life people who inspired the musical. I can see how their voices were built into the script and how the actors put their heart, soul and perspective into portraying this unique story so honestly. “ – Gianna D.
“You can tell that from city to city, as the show has been tested out, the feeling of Gander travels with the troupe on the various stages. We can’t wait to share that feeling with you all as Come From Away hits the Broadway stage.” – Caitlin B.
“Come From Away is a show about humanism, globalism, kindness and community. It’s a wonderful show that is not what you think it will be. It’s a delightful little surprise.” – Peter W.
“People have heard the stories of what happened in New York and D.C. This musical was able to put me in the shoes of the various people who played a role in a different story, whether they were the ones stranded or individuals who welcomed strangers into their community." – Allison F.
“I had the opportunity to see the musical at the Ford’s Theatre in DC; it was beautiful and very touching. The set and music reminded me of Once in its intimate nature and welcoming aura. This show tells a modern historical tale with which many are unfamiliar, while also teaching lessons about humanity, and even geography. There’s so much to learn and absorb, I can’t wait to see what they do with it on a Broadway stage." – Fatima F.
Come From Away is a musical that brings people together. It is a story that touches the heart and inspires kindness. Group tickets for the new Broadway musical are now on sale by clicking here.
In the photograph above, the cast visits the real town of Gander.