Come from Away, a musical with book, music and lyrics by Irene Sankoff and David Hein.
Since all 20 tickets to see Barnum were quickly allocated, we started thinking about another theatre trip later in the year. One of our members suggested “Come From Away” as another we should consider. It is scheduled for a long run in Melbourne and so we have reserved 25 tickets to the matinee performance on Wednesday October 30th. Tickets are normally $125, but for a group concession booking they are $75.
Come from Away is a musical with book, music and lyrics by Irene Sankoff and David Hein. It is set in the week following the September 11 attacks and tells the true story of what transpired when 38 planes were ordered to land unexpectedly in the small town of Gander in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, as part of Operation Yellow Ribbon. The characters in the musical are based on (and in most cases share the names of) real Gander residents as well as some of the 7,000 stranded travellers they housed and fed.
It already has been nominated or won several theatrical awards. Earlier this year in the UK it was reported that “the critically acclaimed COME FROM AWAY continues its record-breaking success story with nine Olivier award nominations”. It went on to win four of those awards.
A couple of reviews:
Seattle, Jay Irwin with Broadway World called the production “emotionally transcendent” and “the best musical I’ve seen all year and possibly ever.”Toronto, Kelly Nestruck of The Globe and Mail wrote that “the heartwarming musical lives up to the hype” and that “the accessible story, strong emotional core and gorgeous songwriting should not distract from how original and smart this gem of a musical is.