In the fifth part of a video series celebrating the musical Come From Away, about a group of travelers whose planes were diverted to Gander, Newfoundland, during the events of 9/11, the creatives and real-life subjects of the acclaimed musical discuss how their true story has impacted audiences, including generations born both before and after September 11, 2001.
"I love the kids who come to see the show," says composer, book writer, and lyricist David Hein. "The kids who weren't even born on 9/11, who come to see the show and find something that resonates with them. They understand the world that their parents live in—they finally get it. They see what changed on that day."
"From the first time we saw it, I've said so many times, this is a show that the whole world needs to see," says Beverley Bass, one of the real-life figures portrayedin the show. "And I so often say it is the show that's changing the world, one show at a time."
The acclaimed musical, which premiered on Broadway in spring 2017, made its New York debut after playing tryouts at La Jolla Playhouse, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C., and Toronto’s Royal Alexandra Theatre. The musical also recently opened at London's Phoenix Theatre as an additional sit-down engagement plays Toronto. It will make its Australian premiere this July in Melbourne.