The week after 9/11 saw some of the bleakest days in modern history as America and the world grasped with the idea of a changed world, but in a bar in the heart of a small Canadian town, the drink is flowing and people are dancing. These are uncertain times for everyone, not least the just under 7,000 stranded passengers here, but you wouldn’t know it from the smiles on their faces.
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Come from Away, the Broadway musical by Irene Sankoff and David Hein, is based on the events in the week following the 9/11 attacks on America, when 38 planes were ordered to land in the small Canadian town of Gander. This true story tells the tale of the town who kept 7,000 stranded visitors housed and fed following the biggest tragedy the US had seen.
The musical will come to London at the Phoenix Theatre from 30th January 2019 with tickets on sale now.
Come From Away as Sankoff and Hein modestly set out to write a musical they wanted high school kids to perform, rather than aspiring for a Broadway musical. The pair travelled to the Newfoundland town on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and learnt of the kindness of its residents. They felt like these stories had to be told and wrote a positive, upbeat musical to celebrate the residents.
The musical opened on Broadway, at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, in 2017 following runs in Seattle, Washington DC and Toronto. It was nominated for seven Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Book and Best Score of a Musical, and winning for Best Direction of a Musical and received critical acclaim, with the New York Times’ Ben Brantley calling it a ‘big bearhug of a musical’.
On the back of the success of the musical, Sankoff and Hein are writing a film adaptation of the show, set to be produced by Mark Gordon and directed by Christopher Ashley.
The show is set to transfer to London’s Phoenix Theatre in early 2019, following a short run in Dublin at the end of 2018. Cast and creatives for the London production at the Phoenix Theatre are yet to be announced.
Ticket for Come From Away in the West End are on sale now.
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Full casting has been announced for the West End production of Come from Away, which is set to star Rachel Tucker when it opens at the Phoenix Theatre in January. Written by Irene Sankoff and David Hein, the musical follows the events following 9/11, when a number of planes were forced to ground in a small Canadian town in Newfoundland called Gander. The town, which had a population of around 9,600, welcomed over 7,000 stranded passengers, with most residents feeding, clothing and putting a roof over their heads.