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Irene Sankoff

 
Bio:
Irene Sankoff and David Hein are a Canadian married writing team. Their first show, My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding (based on David’s mother’s true story) was the hit of the Toronto Fringe Festival, and then picked up for a commercial run by Mirvish Productions. It has now played and ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Irene Sankoff and David Hein are a Canadian married writing team. Their first show, My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding (based on David’s mother’s true story) was the hit of the Toronto Fringe Festival, and then picked up for a commercial run by Mirvish Productions. It has now played and ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

Productions

 
[West End, 2021] [Replacement]
Book, Music, Lyrics[Replacement]
 
[US Tour, 2018] [Replacement]
Book, Music, Lyrics[Replacement]

Writing

Book, Music, and Lyrics

Photos

David Hein, Irene Sankoff and Kelly Devine Photo

David Hein, Irene Sankoff and Kelly Devine

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06/16/2022
David Hein, Pat Schoenfeld and Irene Sankoff   Photo

David Hein, Pat Schoenfeld and Irene Sankoff

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06/16/2022
Irene Sankoff, Pat Schoenfeld and David Hein  Photo

Irene Sankoff, Pat Schoenfeld and David Hein

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06/16/2022
Irene Sankoff, Pat Schoenfeld and David Hein  Photo

Irene Sankoff, Pat Schoenfeld and David Hein

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06/16/2022

 

Stage

Productions

[West End, 2021] [Replacement]
Book, Music, Lyrics[Replacement]

[US Tour, 2018] [Replacement]
Book, Music, Lyrics[Replacement]

Writing
Book, Music, and Lyrics

Irene Sankoff Biography

Irene Sankoff and David Hein are a Canadian married writing team. Their first show, My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding (based on David’s mother’s true story) was the hit of the Toronto Fringe Festival, and then picked up for a commercial run by Mirvish Productions. It has now played and won best musical awards in the New York Musical Theatre Festival and across North America, with Sankoff and Hein performing in most productions. Come From Away was developed at the Canadian Music Theatre Project and Goodspeed Musicals’ Festival of New Artists, showcased at the NAMT Festival of New Works and enjoyed a record setting world premiere at the La Jolla Playhouse and Seattle Repertory, followed by Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C., the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto and the Gander Community Centre Hockey Rink. Come From Away won three 2017 Dora Mavor Moore Awards, four Helen Hayes Awards, five Outer Critics Circle Awards and three Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical. David and Irene were nominated for Tony® Awards for Best Book and Score and won the 2017 Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk awards for Best Book. Irene and David are proud members of the Dramatists Guild and ASCAP. Immeasurable thanks to all of Molly’s People, to everyone who helped us on this journey and to our extraordinary friends from Away and in Newfoundland for inspiring and trusting us to tell your story.

Irene Sankoff Awards and Nominations

 
Drama Desk Awards - 2017 - Outstanding Book of a Musical Gold Star
Irene Sankoff, Come From Away
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2017 - Outstanding Lyrics
Irene Sankoff, Come From Away
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2017 - Outstanding Music
Irene Sankoff, Come From Away
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2017 - Outstanding Book of a Musical (Broadway or Off-Broadway) Gold Star
Irene Sankoff, Come From Away
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2017 - Outstanding New Score (Broadway or Off-Broadway)
Irene Sankoff, Come From Away
 
Tony Awards - 2017 - Best Book of a Musical
Irene Sankoff, Come From Away
 
Tony Awards - 2017 - Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Irene Sankoff, Come From Away

Irene Sankoff News

Review: COME FROM AWAY at 5th Avenue Theatre Photo Review: COME FROM AWAY at 5th Avenue Theatre
by Jay Irwin - Jul 23, 2022

Dear Readers, if you feel you don’t want/need to see the musical “Come From Away”, currently playing at the 5th Avenue Theatre, I’m here to tell you, you’re wrong.

Review: COME FROM AWAY at Broadway San Jose Photo Review: COME FROM AWAY at Broadway San Jose
by Linda Hodges - Jul 18, 2022

What did our critic think of COME FROM AWAY at Broadway San Jose? Broadway San Jose's Come From Away is far and away a show of delight, laughter, pathos and altogether great story-telling. The show - with book, music and lyrics by Irene Sankoff and David Hein - 'tells the true story of 38 planes and almost 7,000 passengers from around the world that were diverted to the small community of Gander, Newfoundland on September 11, 2001, doubling its population in an instant.' Using a documentary theater approach, Sankoff and Hein drew from interviews with the people of Gander and 'the plane people,' as they affectionately came to be called, to craft their loving, hugely funny and deeply touching show.

Review: COME FROM AWAY at San Jose Center For The Perfoming Arts Photo Review: COME FROM AWAY at San Jose Center For The Perfoming Arts
by Steve Murray - Jul 14, 2022

What did our critic think of COME FROM AWAY at San Jose Center For The Perfoming Arts? Without a single showtune you'll be humming long after, this national touring production of Come From Away is moving, triumphant, engaging and endearing. Too bad this stunningly staged run is so surprisingly short. The remarkable assembled cast, each performing multiple roles, bring to life the anxious airline passengers grounded by 9/11 and the townspeople of Gander, Newfoundland who magnanimously come to their aid.

Unsung Songs By Musical Theatre Giants Will Be Performed For One Night Only Live Onli Photo Unsung Songs By Musical Theatre Giants Will Be Performed For One Night Only Live Online
by Stephi Wild - Jul 12, 2022

A unique night for musical theatre REGENERATE: Lost Songs from the Musicals is a Livestreamed Online Gala Fundraiser in support of charity Mercury Musical Developments (MMD) in partnership with Musical Theatre Network (MTN), to take place on Sunday 18th September 2022 at 7.00pm GMT (1900hrs.)

COME FROM AWAY Will Close in the West End on 7 January Photo COME FROM AWAY Will Close in the West End on 7 January
by Stephi Wild - Jul 1, 2022

The multi award-winning London production of global hit musical Come From Away will extend in the West End from September until the end of the year before holding its final performance at the Phoenix Theatre on Saturday 7 January 2023.

COME FROM AWAY Returns To The 5th Avenue Theatre, July 20 - August 7 Photo COME FROM AWAY Returns To The 5th Avenue Theatre, July 20 - August 7
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 30, 2022

The 5th Avenue Theatre has announced the national tour of COME FROM AWAY, a Broadway musical about the true story of the small town that welcomed the world, will return to Seattle for a limited engagement from July 20 to August 7, 2022.

Barrington Stage Receives $100K Shubert Foundation Grant in Support of 2022 Season Pr Photo Barrington Stage Receives $100K Shubert Foundation Grant in Support of 2022 Season Programming
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 24, 2022

Barrington Stage Company has announced it is the recipient of a $100,000 grant from The Shubert Foundation. The Shubert Foundation has announced $37.6 million in unrestricted grants to 609 not-for-profit theaters, dance companies, academic theater training programs, and related service agencies.

Review: Uplifting COME FROM AWAY Tour Makes Return Trip to OC's Segerstrom Center Photo Review: Uplifting COME FROM AWAY Tour Makes Return Trip to OC's Segerstrom Center
by Michael Quintos - Jun 23, 2022

Endearingly inspirational and beautifully performed, COME FROM AWAY---as experienced in this relaunched post-lockdown tour now playing at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa through June 26, 2022---certainly proves itself worthy of repeat visits. At its core, the show is a hopeful, positive reminder that unconditional kindness does still exist in our world, even if evidence of such behavior is harder to find these days.

COME FROM AWAY Canceled Tonight Due to Covid-19 Photo COME FROM AWAY Canceled Tonight Due to Covid-19
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 21, 2022

Come From Away on Broadway has been canceled tonight due to the detection of Covid-19 cases within the company.

Photos: COME FROM AWAY Company Celebrates Becoming Longest Running Show in Schoenfeld Photo Photos: COME FROM AWAY Company Celebrates Becoming Longest Running Show in Schoenfeld Theatre History
by Bruce Glikas - Jun 16, 2022

COME FROM AWAY has become the longest-running show in the 105-year history of Broadway’s Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. To mark the milestone, West 45th Street was renamed “Come From A-Way” for a day. Check out photos here!

Irene Sankoff Videos

VIDEO: TUTS Presents Talkback With COME FROM AWAY Cast, Diane and Nick Marson & Capta VideoVIDEO: TUTS Presents Talkback With COME FROM AWAY Cast, Diane and Nick Marson & Captain Beverley Bass
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 29, 2022

The National Tour of Come From Away is playing MARCH 22 – APRIL 3 at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. TUTS presents a virtual talk back with cast members of Come From Away and true to life counterparts, Diane and Nick Marson and Captain Beverley Bass.

VIDEO: Watch Willemijn Verkaik Sings 'Me And The Sky' From COME FROM AWAY in Amsterda VideoVIDEO: Watch Willemijn Verkaik Sings 'Me And The Sky' From COME FROM AWAY in Amsterdam
by Stage Tube - Mar 24, 2022

Following a hit season in Hroon, Netherlands, Come from Away continues to spread its message across the world as it begins performances in Amsterdam now through April 10th. In all new footage, watch Willemijn Verkaik as Beverley Bass (and others) perform 'Me And The Sky.'

VIDEO: COME FROM AWAY Says Farewell to Joel Hatch VideoVIDEO: COME FROM AWAY Says Farewell to Joel Hatch
by Marissa Tomeo - Mar 20, 2022

This afternoon, Broadway veteran Joel Hatch has played his final show with the company of the hit musical, Come From Away. A member of the original cast, Joel Hatch has been with the show since it opened on Broadway just over five years ago on March 12th, 2017. He portrayed 'Claude & others' other characters throughout the production. Gene Weygandt will begin performances in the roles on Tuesday, March 22. Gene joins the company directly from the Australia cast of Come From Away.

VIDEO: Nick Duckart Talks Bringing COME FROM AWAY To Chicago VideoVIDEO: Nick Duckart Talks Bringing COME FROM AWAY To Chicago
by Stage Tube - Feb 25, 2022

Come From Away is now in Chicago through March 6th, 2022. Watch as Nick Duckart who plays Kevin J and others talks about bringing a bit of Gander to the Windy City.

VIDEO: Watch Willemijn Verkaik & More in Dutch COME FROM AWAY VideoVIDEO: Watch Willemijn Verkaik & More in Dutch COME FROM AWAY
by Stage Tube - Nov 16, 2021

In just days, Come from Away continues to spread its message across the world as it begins performances in the Netherlands. Get a first look at the company, led by Willemijn Verkaik as Beverly Bass.

VIDEO: Watch Willemijn Verkaik & More in Rehearsals for Dutch COME FROM AWAY VideoVIDEO: Watch Willemijn Verkaik & More in Rehearsals for Dutch COME FROM AWAY
by Nicole Rosky - Oct 30, 2021

In just days, Come from Away continues to share its message across the world as it begins performances in the Netherlands. Below, watch as the company, led by Willemijn Verkaik as Beverly Bass, comes together to rehearse!

VIDEO: Irene Sankoff & David Hein Open Up About the Magic of Seeing COME FROM AWAY On VideoVIDEO: Irene Sankoff & David Hein Open Up About the Magic of Seeing COME FROM AWAY Onscreen
by BroadwayWorld TV - Sep 8, 2021

Come Friday, September 10, we're all islanders again as Apple TV+ premieres Come From Away. Watch as the show's creators, David Hein and Irene Sankoff tell us even more about the process of filming the musical for the screen and how seeing the film made them feel!

VIDEO: 'We Are Here' Written by COME FROM AWAY Creators is Performed at La Jolla Play VideoVIDEO: 'We Are Here' Written by COME FROM AWAY Creators is Performed at La Jolla Playhouse
by Stage Tube - Jul 3, 2021

Watch the full video and learn how you can help out La Jolla Playhouse as it prepares to return to live performances!

VIDEO: COME FROM AWAY Team Irene Sankoff and David Hein Create Song Celebrating Canad VideoVIDEO: COME FROM AWAY Team Irene Sankoff and David Hein Create Song Celebrating Canada
by Stage Tube - Jan 5, 2021

The songwriting team behind Come From Away, Irene Sankoff and David Hein, have written a new song to celebrate Canada, called This is Canada Nice!

VIDEO: COME FROM AWAY Cast Members Discuss This Year's Virtual 9/11 Day at Home VideoVIDEO: COME FROM AWAY Cast Members Discuss This Year's Virtual 9/11 Day at Home
by Stage Tube - Sep 6, 2020

In a recent video recorded for 'Sunday Morning' viewers, cast members from the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Come From Away talk about this year's virtual '9/11 Day at Home' events.


Irene Sankoff Frequently Asked Questions

How many shows has Irene Sankoff written?
Irene Sankoff has written 1 shows including Come From Away (Book, Music, and Lyrics).

What awards has Irene Sankoff been nominated for?
Outstanding Book of a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Come From Away , Outstanding Lyrics (Drama Desk Awards) for Come From Away , Outstanding Music (Drama Desk Awards) for Come From Away , Outstanding Book of a Musical (Broadway or Off-Broadway) (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Come From Away , Outstanding New Score (Broadway or Off-Broadway) (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Come From Away Best Book of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Come From Away and Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre (Tony Awards) for Come From Away .

What awards has Irene Sankoff won?
Outstanding Book of a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Come From Awayand Outstanding Book of a Musical (Broadway or Off-Broadway) (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Come From Away.