Why See Come From Away?
The Tony-Nominated Show Returns to Toronto
Now playing on Broadway, this touching musical celebrating the strength of human compassion makes a welcome return to Toronto in 2018, a year after its pre-New York run! Created by Canadian husband and wife team Irene Snakoff and David Hein, the rippling impact of 9/11 across the world is felt in a Newfoundland town, when no less than 38 transatlantic flights are ordered to land.
The Broadway production has proven a storming success and is nominated for seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Thoroughly researched and based on interviews with residents and passengers, the show explores how this tiny community opened its hearts and homes to their unexpected guests.
What is Come From Away About?
As the full horror of the terror attacks on On September 11th, 2001 became apparent, the US closed its airspace grounding thousands of passenger jets globally. Thirty-eight of them were forced to land in Gander, a remote Newfoundland town with a population of just 9,000 people.
The musical tells the story of a particular set of passengers from just one of the grounded planes and the hardy Gander residents who wholeheartedly welcomed them into their homes. Among this diverse set of characters is American Airlines' first female pilot, a gay couple both called Colin, and an Egyptian chef, who fears a frosty reception from the community - only to be proved wrong entirely. Weaving together all of their storylines, the show creates an affirming portrait of human connection in the most trying of circumstances.
Performance date: 13 February 2018
100 minutes, no intermission
Cast and Creative
Book, Music & Lyrics by Irene Sankoff & David Hein
Directed by Christopher Ashley
Music Direction by Ian Eisendrath
Choreography by Kelly Devine
Scenic Design by Beowulf Boritt
Costume Design by Toni-Leslie
Lighting Design by James Howell Binkley
Sound Design by Gareth Owen
2017 Drama Desk Nominations - broadway production
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical - Jenn Colella
Outstanding Book of a Musical - Irene Sankoff and David Hein
Outstanding Director of a Musical - Christopher Ashley
Oustanding Music - Irene Sankoff and David Hein
Oustanding Lyrics - Irene Sankoff and David Hein
Outstanding Choreography - Kelly Devine
Outstanding Orchestrations - August Eriksmoen
Outstanding Costume Design for a Musical - Toni-Leslie James
2017 Tony Award Nominations - BROADWAY PRODUCTION
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical - Jenn Colella
Best Book of a Musical - Irene Sankoff and David Hein
Best Original Score - Irene Sankoff and David Hein
Best Lighting Design of a Musical - Howell Binkley
Best Direction of a Musical - Christopher Ashley
Best Choreography - Kelly Devine
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