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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.

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COME FROM AWAY Comes to Anchorage in November

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 Anchorage debut at Alaska Center for the Performing Arts for a limited engagement in November. Learn more about the musical and how to get tickets here!

Tony-Winning COME FROM AWAY Returns to the Fabulous Fox Theatre, November 3-5

Full casting has been announced for the touring production of COME FROM AWAY! COME FROM AWAY will begin performances in Columbia, SC at Koger Center for the Performing Arts October 17th.

2023-24 Broadway In Santa Barbara Series Public On-Sale Date Announced

Get ready for the 2023-2024 Broadway in Santa Barbara Series at The Granada Theatre!

THE CHER SHOW, COME FROM AWAY, and More Set For Starlight's 2024 AdventHealth Broadway Series

Starlight Theatre has announced its 2024 AdventHealth Broadway Series. Learn more about The Cher Show, STOMP, The Little Mermaid, Shrek - The Musical, Come From Away, West Side Story, and Peter Pan.

Full Cast Revealed for COME FROM AWAY 2023-24 Tour

Get the latest scoop on the upcoming Come From Away 2023-24 tour, including the unveiling of the talented cast, tour dates, and locations. Find out when and where you can catch this heartwarming musical phenomenon that has touched audiences around the world.

Single Tickets For COME FROM AWAY at the North Charleston PAC Go on Sale Monday

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 Lowcountry debut at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center for a limited engagement October 20 – 22. 

Casting Announced For TheatreWorks' 20th Anniversary NEW WORKS FESTIVAL

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley has set the casting for its 20th Anniversary New Works Festival, a unique program that offers an extraordinary opportunity for audiences to experience new plays and musicals in their early stages of development.

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley to Host TV Star and Trans Activist Shakina for Benefit Performance Next Month

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley will present actor/activist Shakina (NBC's “Connecting,” NBC's “Quantum Leap,” Hulu's “Difficult People”) in Songs and Stories with Shakina: A Musical TheatreWorks Fundraiser and Party, a fun-filled night of transcendent tunes, a dazzling dance party, and a sneak peek at the future of musical theatre.

Photos: COME FROM AWAY Lands In Gander! Get A First Look At The Production!

The sold out run of acclaimed director Jillian Keiley’s new production of Irene Sankoff and David Hein’s Come From Away, officially opens tomorrow night at the Joseph R. Smallwood Arts & Culture Centre in Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador. See photos from the first production of the show in its hometown!

State Theatre New Jersey 2023-24 Broadway Season Featuring THE CHER SHOW, MEAN GIRLS And More On Sale Now

Tickets for State Theatre New Jersey's 2023-24 Broadway Season, featuring Tony Award-winning Broadway artists and Broadway hit shows, go on sale on Friday, July 21 at 10am.  

TheatreWorks to Host BEFORE THE INK DRIES Fundraiser with David Henry Hwang and Rajiv Joseph

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley will kick off its 20th Anniversary New Works Festival with Before the Ink Dries: A Special TheatreWorks Fundraiser with David Henry Hwang and Rajiv Joseph. 

ZIONISTA RISING Wins 12th National Jewish Playwriting Contest

ZIONISTA RISING by Alexa Derman has won the 12th Annual Jewish Playwriting Contest.

Readings and Special Events Announced for TheatreWorks' 20th Anniversary NEW WORKS FESTIVAL

Hundreds of lovers of new theatre will gather this August for an advance look at tomorrow's hits at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley's 20th Anniversary New Works Festival. This unique festival returns to Palo Alto's Lucie Stern Theatre with its extraordinary opportunity for audiences to experience new plays and musicals in their early stages of development and see their evolution over multiple performances.

COME FROM AWAY Comes To Citizens Bank Opera House, August 8-13

On September 11, 2001 the world stopped. On September 12, their stories moved us  all. Broadway In Boston has announced the return of COME FROM AWAY, the true story  of the small town that welcomed the world. Performances at the Citizens Bank Opera House August 8-13, 2023 as part of the Lexus 22/23 Broadway In Boston Season.  

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley to Present 20th Annual New Works Festival in August

Hundreds of lovers of new theatre will gather this August for an advance look at tomorrow’s hits at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s 20th Annual New Works Festival.

COME FROM AWAY Reveals Full List of UK and Ireland Tour Dates

Come From Away, the multi award-winning ‘Best Musical’ across the globe, has announced dates and venues for its first ever tour of the UK and Ireland. This critically acclaimed show comes direct from the West End where it celebrated over 1000 performances and played to more than 850,000 people at the Phoenix Theatre.

Road Theatre Company & New York's Jewish Plays Project Present WHO BY FIRE Workshop This Month

THE ROAD THEATRE COMPANY (Taylor Gilbert, Founder/Artistic Director together with Sam Anderson, Artistic Director) in partnership with the Jewish Plays Project (David Winitsky, Artistic Director), have announced a one-night only reading presentation of 2021 National Jewish Playwriting Contest Winner, WHO BY FIRE, written by Talisa Friedman and directed by legendary casting director John Levey.  

The Ordway Announces a Spectacular Broadway Lineup for 2023-2024

The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts today announced its 2023-2024 season lineup, which includes five spectacular musicals. The Broadway @ the Ordway shows will include Come From Away, Peter Pan, Hairspray, ON YOUR FEET!, and SIX.

Review: COME FROM AWAY at Keller Auditorium

This beautiful musical, based on the true story of how a small town in Newfoundland opened their doors to 7,000 stranded “plane people” when U.S. airspace was closed following the terrorist attacks, is an antidote to skepticism, nihilism, and loneliness.

SIX, MEAN GIRLS, COME FROM AWAY And More Announced for Celebrity Attractions 2023/2024 Season

Celebrity Attractions has announced its 2023-2024 Broadway Season and it is one that is fit for a Queen!  We open in August with COME FROM AWAY, a Broadway musical about the true story of the small town that welcomed the world in a time of tragedy.  The smash Broadway hit, SIX, commands the stage in October with Henry VIII's wives remixing the history into a pop concert that will make you lose your head!  

Irene Sankoff FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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

Irene Sankoff has been nominated for several awards for her work on the musical "Come From Away." She has been nominated for Outstanding Book of a Musical, Outstanding Lyrics, and Outstanding Music at the Drama Desk Awards. Additionally, she has been nominated for Outstanding Book of a Musical and Outstanding New Score at the Outer Critics Circle Awards. Sankoff has also received nominations for Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre at the Tony Awards.

Irene Sankoff has won the Outstanding Book of a Musical award at the Drama Desk Awards for "Come From Away" and the Outstanding Book of a Musical award at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for "Come From Away."

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