Petrina Bromley, Jenn Colella, Astrid Van Wieren, and Sharon Wheatley from Broadway's Come From Away swung by the Playbill studio this week to talk about the importance of telling women’s stories on Broadway and why the show’s message is empowering to women today.
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).
The new musical, now on Broadway, played a number of acclaimed out-of-town productions prior to arriving at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre in New York City last spring. The show is the winner of a Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical (Christopher Ashley), and was nominated for a total of seven Tonys, including Best Musical.