Review Roundup: Broadway-Bound COME FROM AWAY Opens in DC!

By: Sep. 12, 2016

Before heading to Broadway next spring, Come From Away runs through October 9 at the historic Ford's Theatre. Written by Irene Sankoff and David Hein, the stunning production features direction from Tony®-nominated director Christopher Ashley.

On September 11th, 38 planes with 6,579 passengers were stranded in a remote town in Newfoundland. The locals opened their hearts and homes, and hosted this international community of strangers for a week-spurring unexpected camaraderie in extraordinary circumstances. Featuring a rousing score of folk and rock, Come From Away honors the better angels of our nature, revealing hope and humanity in a time of darkness.

Let's see what the critics had to say...

Jennifer Perry, BroadwayWorld: COME FROM AWAY is a wholly satisfying evening of theatre - a bit of a throwback kind of musical, but with enough contemporary edge, and certainly relevance. It's unique among the myriad of commercial musicals that are treading the boards today, and I wish it well. It's certainly deserving of a future life on Broadway and elsewhere, and probably more than any other of the dozens of new musicals I've seen regionally in the last year or two.

Peter Marks, Washington Post: Yes, "Come From Away" is headed to New York this winter, after an additional stop in Toronto and then a special pair of concerts in Gander itself. One wonders whether the story might be better served with slightly less emphasis on the logistics of sheltering the strangers and more on the characters' lives. A gay couple, well played by Chad Kimball and Caesar Samayoa, for instance, might come more satisfyingly into focus if the nature of their unhappiness with each other were more incisively explained. Still, if the book's mechanics unfold with too much sugar, the score has an infectious, gritty vitality: Especially good is a number set in a Gander pub, choreographed by Kelly Devine, during which a risibly nutty local initiation rite is performed, involving the embrace of a recently caught codfish.

David Gerson, DC Metro Theater Arts: As we approach the 15th anniversary of September 11 and reflect back, it seems that we can group memories and tributes in to those of flag waving American bravado, fear mongering, and inconsolable sadness. Come From Away is none of those things. It is honest and sincere. Nary an American flag in sight. And it gives truth to these wise words of a young girl who also lived during a time of unspeakable tragedy, "despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart." Yes. Yes, they are.

Photo Credit: Carol Rosegg

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COME FROM AWAY Plays Final Broadway Performance Today Photo
COME FROM AWAY Plays Final Broadway Performance Today

After 1,670 performances and 25 previews on Broadway, the Tony & Olivier Award-winning smash hit musical COME FROM AWAY will play its final Broadway performance this fall. Find out when the show is closing, how to get tickets & more.

COME FROM AWAY And New Yorkers for Parks Partner on Daffodil Project Photo
COME FROM AWAY And New Yorkers for Parks Partner on Daffodil Project

New Yorkers for Parks and the Tony & Olivier Award-winning musical Come From Away joined forces to honor the lives lost to 9/11 by partnering in support of the 21st Annual Daffodil Project, New York's largest annual volunteer program, which brings together volunteers across New York City to plant daffodils as a living memorial to honor New Yorkers lost to 9/11.

Photos: Go Inside The COME FROM AWAY Gander Concerts Photo
Photos: Go Inside The COME FROM AWAY Gander Concerts

Go inside Come From Away: The Concert Steele Community Centre in Gander and September 19-21 at the Mary Brown's Centre in St. John's, which brought home the musical about the small Canadian town that temporarily doubled in population in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and tells the real-life stories of the people from there, and those who came from away. 

Jenn Colella, Petrina Bromley, and Josh Breckenridge Will Return to COME FROM AWAY For Fin Photo
Jenn Colella, Petrina Bromley, and Josh Breckenridge Will Return to COME FROM AWAY For Final Two Weeks On Broadway

COME FROM AWAY will welcome original Broadway cast members Josh Breckenridge, Petrina Bromley and Jenn Colella  back to “The Rock” for the show's final two weeks on Broadway!

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