Musical ‘Come From Away’ Sets Broadway Flight Plan

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Kevin Berne

Come from Away,” the musical that earned enthusiastic reviews in an initial co-production at La Jolla Playhouse and Seattle Repertory Theater, has mapped out a road to Broadway, landing in New York in spring 2017 following engagements in Washington, D.C. and Toronto.

Junkyard Dog, the production company behind Tony winner “Memphis,” will produce the commercial staging. “Memphis” director Christopher Ashley, who is also the artistic director at La Jolla Playhouse, will reprise his directorial duties on the musical by Irene Sankoff and David Hein. Kelly Devine (“Rocky”) choreographs.

The storyline of “Come From Away” is based on the true story of Gander, Newfoundland, the tiny town whose population temporarily doubled when 38 planes were forced to land there on Sept. 11, 2001.

The musical is set to run Sept. 2-Oct. 9 at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C, and then Nov. 15, 2016-Jan. 1, 2017 at a Mirvish theater in Toronto (with the exact venue to be determined). The full details for Broadway, where the show will open in spring 2017, have yet to be nailed down.

Canandian husband and wife team Sankoff and Hein — who wrote the book, music and lyrics of “Come From Away” — previously penned “My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding,” which proved a hit at the Toronto Fringe and subsequently was produced commercially in Toronto by Mirvish Productions. “Come from Away” was developed at the Canadian Music Theater Project and at Goodspeed Musicals, and has had a prior New York showcase as part of the National Alliance for Musical Theater Festival.

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  1. Judy Ann says:

    This was the most well-thought out, best written, brilliantly performed show that I have seen in many, many years. I left the theatre thinking “the world has to see this show!” This deserves to be on Broadway and should win multiple Tony awards!!!!

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