Come From Away Gala Engagement

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The Celebrated Musical From La Jolla Returns For A Gala Engagement

When the World Trade Center was attacked on September 11, 2001, the FAA instituted a blanket airspace shutdown at 9:26 AM. Over 4,000 flights landed immediately at the nearest airport. For US-bound European flights, that meant an unscheduled detour to Canada, and 38 of them wound up in Gander, Newfoundland. The town of roughly 10,000 people found itself playing host to 7,000 anxious strangers for nearly a week.

These are the true facts that inspired “Come From Away,” a musical that originally premiered at the La Jolla Playhouse in 2015. After making a huge splash in Washington, DC, Toronto, and Seattle, the show headed for Broadway. Previews of the Broadway show are starting on February 18, but before that, the production is returning for a single encore. The celebratory La Jolla show will be a cornerstone of the Playhouse’s 2017 gala on February 4.

The creative team behind the musical is the husband-and-wife writing duo of Irene Sankoff and David Hein. They started workshopping “Come From Away” at the Canadian Music Theater Project. The pair interviewed hundreds of people, both Gander natives and “come from aways” – the preferred local nickname for non-Newfoundlanders. The result of their study is an ensemble play with multiple roles for 12 actors all coming together for an uplifting message: Sometimes the worst circumstances can inspire ordinary people to become extraordinary.

In between engagements in Washington and Toronto last October, the show detoured to Gander to show the people who inspired “Come From Away” what their history had created. The town’s hockey arena became a rudimentary theater. The two budget performances each sold out completely, allowing two sets of 2,500 locals to see the show.

Half of the town came out, and the amount of emotion on display was truly awe-inspiring, said Ashley. There were shared laughs and shared tears, and the crowd’s reaction to the climax of the story was something absolutely unique in her experience.

Come From Away Broadway Faq

Upcoming Musical Gets A Recording Session Before Opening On Broadway

This new musical can be seen at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre beginning February 18.

The musical will open on March 12 and can be previewed beginning February 18 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. This original rock musical is based on what happened when an airplane was diverted to a small town in Newfoundland due to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The musical looks at the connections that formed between the travelers who went through this ordeal.

The production has not yet made any official confirmations regarding the recording of the musical. There are no release dates available at the moment but some of the cast members have talked about the recording session and shared images on Twitter.

On September 11th, 2001, a total of 38 planes and more than 6,500 passengers ended up in Gander, Newfoundland. The popular of this small town that is far away from everything doubled within only a day. The entire world stopped on September 11th and people started sharing their stories on the 12th.

This is definitely an unusual topic for a musical and David Mirvish and the other producers are taking a risk with this project.

Junkyard Dog Productions, the lead producer of the musical and Mirvish himself are financing a New York opening for the show.

Opening a musical on Broadway can cost anywhere between $12 and $15 million USD, which corresponds to $15 to $20 million of Canadian dollars.

There is a fierce competition on Broadway and there is no guarantee that the heartwarming story set in Canada will be a hit.

Elizabeth Bradley is a faculty member in the drama department of the New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She moved to the U.S. fifteen years ago but is originally from Canada. She explains that this will be a very busy season on Broadway with nineteen new musicals opening and a lot of classics returning.

She says that producers need to ask themselves whether or not spectators will have enough money to support all these different musicals.