On 11 September 2001 the world stopped. On 12 September, their stories moved us all.
Hit musical ‘Come From Away‘ will extend its run in the West End until 15th February 2020. Telling the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded air passengers during the wake of 9/11, and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them, the critically acclaimed production recently earned great success at the Olivier Awards, winning ‘Best New Musical‘, ‘Best Theatre Choreographer‘, ‘Best Sound Design‘ and ‘Outstanding Achievement in Music‘.
This joyous new musical recounts the incredible true story of how the residents of Gander, Newfoundland, welcomed the passengers of planes from around the world. Cultures clashed, and nerves ran high, but as uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night and gratitude grew into enduring friendships.
‘Come From Away‘ features a book, music and lyrics by Irene Sankoff and David Hein and is directed by Christopher Ashley, with musical staging by Kelly Devine, music supervision and arrangements by Ian Eisendrath, scenic design by Beowulf Boritt, costume design by Toni-Leslie James, lighting design by Howell Binkley, sound design by Gareth Owen, hair design by David Brian Brown, orchestrations by August Eriksmoen, and casting by Pippa Ailion CDG and Natalie Gallacher CDG.
The cast of ‘Come From Away’ in the West End includes Jenna Boyd (Beulah and others), Nathanael Campbell (Bob and others), Clive Carter (Claude and others), Mary Doherty (Bonnie and others), Robert Hands (Nick, Doug and others), Helen Hobson (Diane and others), Jonathan Andrew Hume (Kevin J, Ali and others), Harry Morrison (Oz and others), Emma Salvo (Janice and others), David Shannon (Kevin T, Garth and others), Cat Simmons (Hannah and others) and Rachel Tucker (Beverley, Annette and others), with Chiara Baronti, Mark Dugdale, Bob Harms, Kirsty Malpass, Tania Mathurin, Alexander McMorran, Brandon Lee Sears and Jennifer Tierney.
Under the Musical Direction of Alan Berry (Keyboard/Accordion/Harmonium), the band includes Matt Bashford (Whistles/Irish Flute/Uilleann Pipes), Aoife Ní Bhriain (Fiddle), Dan Day (Drums/Percussion), Ray Fean (Bodhrán/Percussion), Joey Grant (Electric Bass/Acoustic Bass), Justin Quinn (Acoustic Guitar/Mandolins/Bazouki) and Mark Wraith (Electric, Acoustic and Nylon Guitars).
‘Come From Away‘ was originally co-produced in 2015 by La Jolla Playhouse and Seattle Repertory Theatre, and presented in 2016 by Ford’s Theatre in Washington DC and Mirvish Productions at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto, Canada, all in partnership with Junkyard Dog Productions. ‘Come From Away’ (NAMT Festival 2013) was originally developed at the Canadian Music Theatre Project, Michael Rubinoff Producer, Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario, Canada, and was further developed at Goodspeed Musicals’ Festival of New Artists, in East Haddam CT. The Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle WA also provided development support.
‘Come From Away’ is produced in the UK by Junkyard Dog Productions and Smith & Brant Theatricals. The European premiere of was co-produced with the Abbey Theatre, Ireland’s National Theatre.
In addition to winning 4 Olivier Awards (London) including ‘Best New Musical‘, ‘Come From Away’ has scooped multiple awards all across North America: the Tony Award for ‘Best Direction of a Musical‘, 5 Outer Critics Circle Awards (NYC) including ‘Outstanding New Broadway Musical‘, 3 Drama Desk Awards (NYC) including ‘Outstanding Musical‘, 4 Helen Hayes Awards (Washington DC) including ‘Outstanding Production of a Musical‘, 4 Los Angeles Drama Critics’ Circle Awards, 4 Gypsy Rose Lee Awards (Seattle) including ‘Excellence in Production of a Musical‘, 6 San Diego Critics Circle Awards including ‘Outstanding New Musical‘, 3 Toronto Theatre Critics Awards including ‘Best New Musical‘, 3 Dora Awards (Toronto) including ‘Outstanding New Musical/Opera‘ and ‘Outstanding Production‘, and the 2017 Jon Kaplan Audience Choice Award (Toronto).
The multi award-winning musical continues sold-out, record-breaking engagements on Broadway, in Canada and on a 60-city North American Tour. An Australian production is confirmed to open this summer, and a feature film adaptation is in the works.