The new musical Come From Away celebrated its official opening night at Broadway's Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre March 12. The show, which follows a group of stranded flight passengers and the small Canadian community that embraced them following the events of September 11, began performances February 18.
The ensemble cast features Tony nominee Chad Kimball, Petrina Bromley, Geno Carr, Jenn Colella, Joel Hatch, Rodney Hicks, Kendra Kassebaum, Lee MacDougall, Caesar Samayoa, Q. Smith, Astrid Van Wieren, and Sharon Wheatley. They reprise their performances from various pre-Broadway engagements, including the world premiere at La Jolla Playhouse and subsequent productions at Seattle Repertory Theatre, Washington, D.C.'s Ford's Theatre, and Toronto's Mirvish Theatre.
Come From Away features a book and score by the Canadian husband-and-wife team Irene Sankoff and David Hein (My Mother's Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding). Tony nominee Christopher Ashley (Memphis) directs.
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Here’s how the show is billed: “In a heartbeat, 38 planes and 6,579 passengers were forced to land in Gander, Newfoundland, doubling the population of one small town on the edge of the world. On September 11, 2001 the world stopped. On September 12, their stories moved us all.”