Broadway’s Come From Away Recoups Investment

Broadway News   Broadway’s Come From Away Recoups Investment
The musical, set in a small Canadian community following the events of September 11, began performances in February.
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The Broadway production of Come From Away has recouped its $12 million capitalization. The show, which earned a Tony Award nod for Best Musical, began performances February 17, 2017 prior to a March official opening at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre.

The production becomes the third Broadway musical of the 2016–2017 season to announce its recoupment, following the revival of Sunday in the Park with George and the Tony-winning Best Musical Dear Evan Hansen. (Though the Bette Midler-led Hello, Dolly! has broken myriad box office records, the Tony-winning revival has not made an official statement regarding its capitalization.)

Set in the immediate aftermath of September 11, 2001, the musical tells the story of the small community of Gander, Newfoundland, who welcomed 7,000 stranded passengers when several planes were diverted. Despite the clash of cultures, the locals and passengers formed impactful relationships as they made sense of the tragedy in America.

Director Christopher Ashley received a Tony Award for his work; in addition to Best Musical and Colella, the production also received nods for Irene Sankoff and David Hein’s Book and Score, choreographer Kelly Devine, and lighting designer Howell Binkley.

The show, produced by Junkyard Dog Productions, played pre-Broadway engagements at La Jolla Playhouse, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C., and the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto. An additional Canadian production will begin in Winnipeg before the show returns to Toronto. Additionally, a North American tour will launch in October 2018 at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle.

The Broadway cast of Come From Away currently includes Jenn Colella, who earned a Tony nomination for her performance, Petrina Bromley, Geno Carr, Alex Finke, De’Lon Grant, Joel Hatch, Tony nominee Chad Kimball, Lee MacDougall, Caesar Samayoa, Q. Smith, Astrid Van Wieren, Sharon Wheatley, Josh Breckenridge, Susan Dunstan, John Jellison, Tamika Lawrence, Tony LePage, and Julie Reiber.


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