COME FROM AWAY Comes To Cleveland
The national tour of COME FROM AWAY, a Broadway musical about the true story of the small town that welcomed the world, will make its Cleveland debut at Playhouse Square for a limited engagement July 9 28 as part of the KeyBank Broadway Series. COME FROM AWAY tickets are on sale now! To purchase tickets, visit playhousesquare.org, call 216-241-6000 or visit the Playhouse Square Ticket Office (1519 Euclid Ave in downtown Cleveland). Group orders of 15 or more may be placed by calling 216-640-8600.
The touring production of COME FROM AWAY will star Kevin Carolan (Disney's Newsies), Harter Clingman (Peter and The Starcatcher), Nick Duckart (In the Heights), Chamblee Ferguson, Becky Gulsvig (School of Rock the Musical), Julie Johnson (Memphis), Christine Toy Johnson (The Music Man), James Earl Jones II (The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess), Megan McGinnis (Les Mis rables), Andrew Samonsky (South Pacific), Danielle K. Thomas (Avenue Q), Emily Walton (August Osage County), Marika Aubrey, Jane Bunting, Michael Brian Dunn, Julie Garny , Adam Halpin and Aaron Michael Ray.
With a book, music and lyrics by Tony and Grammy Award nominees Irene Sankoff & David Hein, COME FROM AWAY is directed by Tony Award winner Christopher Ashley (Come From Away), musical staging by two-time Tony nominee Kelly Devine(Come From Away, Rocky), with music supervision by Grammy nominee Ian Eisendrath (Come From Away), scenic design by Tony Award winner Beowulf Boritt (Act One), costume design by Tony Award nominee Toni-Leslie James (Jelly's Last Jam), lighting design by two-time Tony Award winner Howell Binkley (Hamilton), sound design by Tony Award nominee Gareth Owen (End of the Rainbow), orchestrations by Tony nominee August Eriksmoen (Bright Star), music arrangements by Grammy nominee Ian Eisendrath and casting by Telsey + Company.
COME FROM AWAY tells the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships.
On September 11, 2001 the world stopped. On September 12, their stories moved us all.
Following sold-out, record-breaking, critically acclaimed world premiere engagements at La Jolla
Playhouse and Seattle Repertory Theatre, COME FROM AWAY landed on the Best Theater of 2015 lists in the Los Angeles Times, Seattle Times, San Diego Union Tribune, and Times of San Diego. Charles McNulty of the Los Angeles Times called the show An affecting, stirring and unpretentious new musical. Christopher Ashley's production lets the simple goodness of ordinary people outshine sensational evil, and Bob Verini of Variety raved, Superb! Canadians Irene Sankoff and David Hein have forged a moving, thoroughly entertaining tribute to international amity and the indomitable human spirit.
COME FROM AWAY began performances on Broadway on February 18, 2017 and officially opened to critical acclaim on March 12, 2017 at Broadway's Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (236 West 45th Street), and continues to play to standing-room- only audiences.
The Tony Award-winning musical launched a Second Company in Canada with a sold out four-week engagement in Winnipeg and is currently playing to standing-room-only audiences in Toronto at the Royal Alexandra Theatre.
The Mark Gordon Company will produce and finance a feature film adaptation of COME FROM AWAY. Two-time Tony Award nominees, Grammy nominees and Outer Critics Circle Award and Drama Desk Award winners Irene Sankoff and David Hein, who wrote the book, music and lyrics, will adapt the feature screenplay for the project and Tony Award winner Christopher Ashley will direct. MGC's Mark Gordon will produce.
A Best Musical winner all across North America, the smash hit musical has won the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical (Christopher Ashley), 5 Outer Critics Circle Awards (NYC) including Outstanding New Broadway Musical, 3 Drama Desk Awards (NYC) including Outstanding Musical, 4 Helen Hayes Awards (D.C.) including Outstanding Production of a Musical, 4 Gypsy Rose Lee Awards (Seattle) including Excellence in Production of a Musical, 6 San Diego Critics Circle Awards including Outstanding New Musical, 3 Toronto Theatre Critics Awards including Best New Musical, 3 Dora Awards (Toronto) including Outstanding New Musical/Opera and Outstanding Production, and the 2017 Jon Kaplan Audience Choice Award (Toronto).
COME FROM AWAY is produced by Junkyard Dog Productions (Randy Adams, Marleen and Kenny Alhadeff and Sue Frost), Jerry Frankel, Latitude Link, Smith & Brant Theatricals, Steve & Paula Reynolds, David Mirvish, Michael Rubinoff, Alhadeff Productions, Michael Alden & Nancy Nagel Gibbs, Sam Levy, Rodney Rigby, Spencer Ross, Richard Winkler, Yonge Street Theatricals, Sheridan College, Michael & Ellise Coit, Ronald Frankel, Sheri & Les Biller, Richard Belkin, Gary & Marlene Cohen, Allan Detsky & Rena Mendelson, Lauren Doll, Barbara H. Freitag, Wendy Gillespie, Laura Little Theatricals, Carl & Jennifer Pasbjerg, Radio Mouse Entertainment, The Shubert Organization, Cynthia Stroum, Tulchin Bartner Productions, Gwen Arment/Molly Morris & Terry McNicholas, Maureen & Joel Benoliel/Marjorie & Ron Danz, Pamela Cooper/Corey Brunish, Demos Bizar/Square 1 Theatrics, Joshua Goodman/Lauren Stevens, Just for Laughs Theatricals/Judith Ann Abrams Productions, Bill & Linda Potter/Rosemary & Kenneth Willman, and La Jolla Playhouse and Seattle Repertory Theatre.
COME FROM AWAY was originally co-produced in 2015 by La Jolla Playhouse and Seattle Repertory Theater. COME FROM AWAY (NAMT Festival 2013) was originally developed at the Canadian Music Theatre Project, Michael Rubinoff Producer, Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario, Canada and was further developed at Goodspeed Musicals' Festival of New Artists, in East Haddam, CT. The Canada Council for the Arts, The Ontario Arts Council, Steve and Paula Reynolds and The 5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle WA also provided development support.
COME FROM AWAY is at the Connor Palace at Playhouse Square with performances July 9 through 28. Show times are Tuesdays Fridays at 7:30PM, Saturdays at 1:30 and 7:30PM, and Sundays at 1:00 and 6:30PM. Tickets for all performances are currently on sale, and may be purchased at the Playhouse Square Ticket Office (1519 Euclid Ave in downtown Cleveland), online at playhousesquare.org or by calling 216-241-6000. Group orders of 15 or more may be placed by calling 216-640-8600.
With the run of COME FROM AWAY, Playhouse Square is launching a new series of community engagement events and programs called Broadway Surround.
Theater entertains us, but also sparks conversations and connections, said Daniel Hahn, vice president of community engagement & education at Playhouse Square. With 'Broadway Surround', we are igniting that engagement throughout the community, and it is something we hope to replicate going forward.
Prior to the show's opening, Playhouse Square facilitated a series of inspirational conversations between students at St. Joseph Academy, Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio and Captain Beverley Bass, who is portrayed in the show. During her May visit, Captain Bass also recorded conversations with five local media stations that will air in the weeks leading up to the show.
Upcoming events include a Broadway Summer Camp for 85 high school students and:
Broadway Buzz Pre-Show Talks
Broadway Buzz pre-show talks will be held in the Upper Allen one hour before each performance of COME FROM AWAY at Playhouse Square. Find out more about the story, the show and creative team. Admission is free. No tickets required.
July 11, 18 and 25
Broadway Buzz Post-Show Chats with the Cast
Members of the cast will chat with the audience after the show. A ticket for the evening's performance of COME FROM AWAY is required.