The cast of the show, about a tiny Newfoundland town that welcomed 6,600 airline passengers rerouted in the immediate wake of the Sept. 11 attacks, will also play a two benefit concerts in October in Gander, Newfoundland, the town that inspired the musical.
The show, which was well-received in initial runs in La Jolla and Seattle, joins a 2016-17 slate of new Broadway musicals that includes “Dear Evan Hansen,” a buzzy Off Broadway hit earlier this year, and a capella musical “In Transit,” two more shows that, like “Come From Away,” fall on the smaller, more intimately scaled end of the spectrum. Also in the mix this season are bigger-budgets offerings such as “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and “Anastasia,” not to mention “A Bronx Tale” (co-directed by Robert DeNiro), “Holiday Inn” and “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812,” which earned raves in earlier Off Broadway runs.
With book, music and lyrics by the Canadian husband-and-wife team of Irene Sankoff and David Hein, “Come From Away” has a cast that includes Jenn Colella (“If/Then”), Rodney Hicks (“The Scottsboro Boys”) and Chad Kimball (“Memphis”), among others. Christopher Ashley (“Memphis”) directs.
“Come From Away” will play a Shubert theater on Broadway, with the exact theater still to be determined. The New York run starts Feb. 18 and opens March 12; before that, the production plays D.C. (Sept. 2-Oct. 9) and Toronto (Nov. 15-Jan. 8) as well as the concert in Newfoundland (Oct. 29).