Come From Away was named Best New Canadian Musical and Best Overall Production of a Musical at the annual Toronto Theatre Critics Awards, the first time that the same show has won both prizes since the awards were inaugurated in 2011. Director Christopher Ashley was also named Best Director of a Musical for the Toronto production, which kicked off in November 2016.
Come From Away was inspired by the true story of a group of travelers whose planes were diverted to a small Newfoundland town following the September 11 attacks in 2001. The original musical features book, music, and lyrics by the Canadian husband-and-wife team Irene Sankoff and David Hein (My Mother's Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding). Kelly Devine choreographs, and Ian Eisendrath is the music supervisor.
The new musical, now on Broadway, played a number of out-of-town productions prior to arriving at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre in New York City this spring. The Broadway production is nominated for seven 2017 Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
So far, the show has won five Outer Critics Circle Awards including Best Musical and four Helen Hayes Awards including Outstanding Musical Production, and is nominated for nine Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical.
Come From Away will return to Toronto for a sit-down production in 2018. The musical is scheduled to play the Royal Alexandra Theatre beginning performances February 13, 2018.
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