The international hit musical Come From Away resumed performances at Broadway's Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre September 21. Video from the evening features opening speeches from director Christopher Ashley and co-creators Irene Sankoff and David Hein, emotional footage of the company taking the stage for the opening number ("Welcome to the Rock"), and a special curtain call speech from original cast member Joel Hatch. Take a look above.
In addition to Hatch, the cast features Olivier nominee Rachel Tucker, De’Lon Grant, Caesar Samayoa, James Seol, Q. Smith, Pearl Sun, Astrid Van Wieren, Emily Walton, Jim Walton, Sharon Wheatley, Paul Whitty, Josh Breckenridge, John Jellison, Tony LePage, Monette McKay, Happy McPartlin, and Julie Reiber. (Beginning October 8, Petrina Bromley will return as Bonnie.)
Welcome Back to the Rock: A Look Inside the Broadway Return of Come From Away
Come From Away tells the true story of 7,000 stranded air passengers during the wake of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. The ensemble cast take on a variety of roles, from travelers to locals to airline personnel.
The show features music, lyrics, and a book by Sankoff and Hein with direction by Tony winner Ashley, choreography by Olivier winner Kelly Devine, music supervision and arrangements by Ian Eisendrath, scenic design by Beowulf Boritt, costume design by Toni-Leslie James, lighting design by Howell Binkley, sound design by Gareth Owen, orchestrations by August Eriksmoen, and casting by Rachel Hoffman of The Telsey Office.
After opening March 12, 2017, the musical was nominated for seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The West End production reopened in London in July, and the Toronto production will resume performances December 7.