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Broadway Sleeper Hit ‘Come From Away’ Turns a Profit

Come From Away,” the musical that surprised Broadway last spring when it turned into the season’s sleeper hit, has managed to recoup its $12 million capitalization costs in about eight months, according to the show’s producers.

The show makes it into the black after months of posting weekly sales of well over $1 million. The production had been an under-the-radar addition to a Broadway season slate that saw fellow new musical “Dear Evan Hansen” dominate headlines — until “Come From Away” caught fire with New York audiences soon after it began performances in February.

The show has won over theatergoers with a sensitive, life-affirming take on the tricky subject of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Based on a true story, the musical by Irene Sankoff and David Hein follows the tiny Canadian town of Gander, scrambling to welcome thousands of unexpected visitors when air traffic control directs more than 30 planes to reroute there.

The modestly-scaled production, with a dozen actors playing multiples roles each, built word-of-mouth in a lengthy pre-Broadway series of stagings starting at the La Jolla Playhouse, where the director of the show, Christopher Ashley, is artistic director. Ashley won a Tony Award for his work on “Come From Away.”

“Come From Away” has grossed a total of $39.5 million during its time on Broadway. A national tour is in the offing.

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