Come From Away is a truly remarkable musical about human kindness. It tells a true story that took place on the island of Newfoundland, right after the 9/11 attacks. The idea of a Broadway musical directly linked to 9/11 first seemed unimaginable, but Come From Away has done an outstanding job conveying a heartwarming and powerful, yet little known story.
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What is the Musical Come From Away About?
After the attacks on September 11, 2001, when airspace was closed off, some hundred flights being diverted from their original routes. 38 of those planes carrying nearly 7,000 passengers found themselves stranded in the small community of Gander on the isolated island of Newfoundland, Canada. Considering that those stranded, the Come From Aways, doubled the community’s population within a heartbeat, it was clear that the community was not prepared for such a large amount of people. Still, they decided to not only open their homes but also their hearts to the stranded.
Come From Away Tickets
You’ll find the cheapest Come From Away tickets when booking online. Prices start around $59 but tend to go up the longer you wait.
The musical runs every day except on Mondays. On Wednesdays and Saturdays, you can choose between two shows, as matinee performances are available. The total Come From Away running time is 100 minutes.
There is no intermission. Make sure to take care of any needs before the show!
Best Seats for Come From Away on Broadway
Regarding the best seats to watch Come from Away on Broadway, you can sit anywhere and have a great view! The theater is tiny compared to other Broadway venues. We bought tickets for seats pretty far back that didn’t obstruct the view at all, thanks to the small size of the theater. We still would recommend sitting as close to the center as possible.
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Come From Away Review
The musical Come From Away is unique in many different ways, especially if you think about the topic and the unusual running time for a Broadway show. Additionally, the musical also stands in great contrast to many productions using a pretentious stage design. In Come From Away, most scenes are created with no more than 12 actors and 12 chairs.
The 12 actors each play two characters, presenting both perspectives: The perspective of the stranded and the locals. The switch between the characters is made in a very subtle, yet clever way – using ordinary resources, such as hats and jackets. The 12 chairs help to create various settings, whether it is a bar, a plane or a bus. The simplicity of the stage design stands in great contrast to the complexity of stories and characters.
Less is definitely more in Come From Away
The inspirational story of Come From Away on Broadway is coupled with inspirational, heartfelt music. It is worth noting that Come From Away does not incorporate dance as you would see in most musicals, but more so rhythmical movements that are an expression of emotions.
Critics also agree that the musical Come From Away is a sensation. Come From Away was nominated for 7 Tony Awards and ended up taking home one, beating its competition in the category of Best Direction of a Musical in 2017. The Tony for Best Musical that year went to Dear Evan Hansen.
Come From Away Broadway Cast
Part of what makes Come From Away such a remarkable musical is its cast. Jenn Colella, playing a female American Airlines pilot, was even nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her outstanding performance. Other original Come From Away cast members include Petrina Bromley, Geno Carr, Alex Finke, De’Lon Grant, Joel Hatch, Chad Kimball, Caesar Samayoa, Q. Smith, Astrid Van Wieren, Jim Walton and Sharon Wheatley.
Come From Away FAQ
Where does Come From Away take place?
Come From Away takes place in the small community of Gander in New Foundland, Canada. It is an isolated island in the North East of Canada, about 200 miles away from St. John’s.
How long is come from away running time?
Come From Away’s running time is 1 hour and 40 minutes, making it a shorter musical compared to other productions averaging around 2 hours and 30 minutes.
Is Come From Away true?
Yes! Come From Away is based on a true story taking place in New Foundland, Canada right after the 9/11 attacks.
How to Get to Schoenfeld Theatre?
Come From Away is performed at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre at 236 W 45th St. It’s located conveniently close to Times Square, right across the street from the Dear Evan Hansen and only a few steps away from musicals such as Kinky Boots and The Lion King. Just take subway lines N R W to 49 Street and you’ll be only a few minutes away from the theater.
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