Come From Away
How do you manage to tell over 16.000 stories that happened over the course of 5 full days with just over an hour and a half of time and using only 12 actors? Well, if you’re a talented writer or director, you might be able to write a musical, put it on Broadway and amaze the industry with your show.
“Come From Away” is the musical based on the real story following the events that happened on the morning of September 11, 2001, when 38 planes took a detour and landed on a small airport in the countryside of Canada, in a small city of 10.000. Keep reading, you’ll definitely want to know more about this play and where you can find the best tickets for it.
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The peaceful and laid-back people of Gander, Newfoundland are minding their own businesses on the morning of September 11, taking their kids to school, doing their jobs as police officers or teachers, when they hear over the radio that there’s been an attack in the United States. Shortly after, 38 planes land, one after another, on the runway of the small town’s airport. Over the course of 5 days, 7.000 passengers and crew, or “the plane people” that “come from away” bond with the locals.
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One of the passengers, Hannah from New York, lights a personal connection with local Beulah, as both of their sons work as firefighters. Hannah gets worried when she can’t reach her son back home, so she asks Beulah to join her at a Catholic church and pray with her. The events that follow are a true excursion into the human soul, with good triumphing over bad, evil being crushed by kindness and people coming together in the worst of times, regardless of age, sex, religion or race.
When the crisis subsides and the airspace is opened once more, the passengers fly out and go to their homes. Hannah finds that her son died while rescuing people inside one of the towers. 10 years later, the two communities that bounded over the tragedy come back together to celebrate life and strengthen their bonds that will live throughout eternity.
Past, Present, Future
Toronto lawyer Michael Rubinoff was the first who got the spark idea for the musical. He got in contact with writers Irene Sankoff and David Hein, which were popular back in ‘09 for their work on “My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding”, a hit amongst critics and patrons alike at the Fringe Festival in Toronto. Ten years after the attack, the two writers visited the town of Gander, where they set up interviews with the actual people that helped the authorities in accommodating the “come from away” people.
The first production was 45 minutes long and a success for a first try at the “Sheridan Theater” in 2013, but unfortunately, Rubinoff was unable to find future sponsorship for it at the time. In the meantime, back in the United States, the show was included in the workshops of several production teams as the ones from East Haddam, Connecticut, San Diego, California, Seattle, Washington and the Nation’s Capital. Gathering an immense national success, the show opened on Broadway with the premiere performance on March 12, 2017.
Since its debut, the musical is produced at the gorgeous “Gerald Schoenfeld Theater” at the corner of 45th Street and Broadway. The show is so successful that it only plays with standing-room-only audiences, which means that every single seat is occupied including patrons that choose to stand on the steps or simply stand on their feet for the 100 minutes of the show, just to see it in person. The Broadway production is directed by talented Christopher Ashley, with choreography by Kelly Devine, costumes by Toni-Leslie James and scenic design by Beowulf Boritt.
The production for a Toronto version of the play is starting on February 3rd at the “Royal Alexandra Theater”. The Mark Gordon Company bought the rights to the play on Broadway and has already hired David Hein and Irene Sankoff to adapt the musical into a feature screenplay for a movie.
About the director
Although he has a diploma in Maths, Christopher Ashley decided to work his artistic magic into the theater world instead of the sciences. As of 2007, he is the artistic director of the “La Jolla Playhouse” in California. Ashley’s first job as a director on Broadway was for the musical “Memphis” back in 2009, for which he received a “Tony’s” nomination. His actual award came in 2017 for the same nomination, “Best Direction of a Musical”, with the directing for “Come From Away”.
The best tickets for the play can be purchased through the official website at www.comefromaway.com, where you can find the dates and hours of the performances. Ticket prices for the Broadway play start from $79 for a Mezzanine seat and can go up to $167 for a regular Orchestra seat. A premium seat can set you back as much as $349. Performances are happening every day of the week except for Mondays, with two plays each Wednesday and Saturday and one play for the rest of the week.
For the Toronto production that premieres in February, you can get tickets to the musical by visiting https://www.mirvish.com/shows/come-from-away, where you can get the full schedule and price quotations. Tickets prices vary from $69 to $139 for regular seats and can go up to $200 for premium seating. The play follows the same daily schedule as the Broadway installment.
Be sure to check out platforms like StubHub and SeatGeek for price comparison, as you might find even better deals sometimes due to special offers.
Facts about “Come From Away – The Musical”
- There are a total of 23 musical numbers in the play, all of which are performed in one act of roughly 100 minutes;
- The musical sensation won 13 awards in the United States, including a Tony for “Best Direction of a Musical” and was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2018;
-because of the success of the play, but also as a tribute to the people of Gander, the American authorities decided to offer a piece of steel beam from the World Trade Center South Tower to the city, as a sign of respect for the hospitality and kindness that the locals showed in those days of terror.