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Come From Away

Festival Year: 2013

Number of Acts: 2

Number of Principals (Male): 5
Number of Principals (Female): 5
Total Cast Size: 10

Orchestra Breakdown:

1. Acoustic guitar 2. Bodhran/low whistle/mandolin/drums 3. Violin/viola/cello 4. Bass/accordion 5. piano

Casting Notes:

Principal Male and Female: 5-7


Come From Away tells the true story of when seven thousand people landed on the doorstep of Gander, Newfoundland… and the people of Gander “put the kettle on.” A rocking musical about when 38 planes from around the world were diverted to a small, Canadian community on September 11, 2001—doubling its population in an instant. While the world witnessed the worst acts of humankind, the stranded passengers had their faith in humanity restored by the spirited people who comforted those who had come from away.

Production & Development History

In 2011, David Hein and Irene Sankoff received a Canada Council for the Arts grant to travel to Newfoundland for the tenth anniversary of September 11, 2001, where they met, interviewed, and were “screeched-in” with returning passengers, pilots and local townsfolk. With an additional grant from the Ontario Arts Council, they first workshopped Come From Away at the inaugural season of The Canadian Music Theatre Project (CMTP), presenting at Sheridan College and the Panasonic Theatre in Toronto. In January, 2013, they developed the show further at Goodspeed Musicals’ Festival of New Artists and again in March at CMTP/Sheridan.

Festival Successes

Commercial option picked up by Junkyard Dog Productions. Production at Ford’s Theatre in 2013. Production at Royal Alexandria Theatre. Workshop at the 5th Avenue Theatre (WA) in 2014; full productions at La Jolla Playhouse (CA) and Seattle Rep (WA) in 2015; full productions at Ford’s Theatre (D.C.) and the Mirvish Theatre (Toronto) in 2016; opened on Broadway March 2017; nominated for 7 Tony ® Awards including Best Musical, Best Book and Best Original Score. 2018 productions at Center Theatre Group and 5th Avenue Theatre. West End production opened February 2019, won Olivier Award for Best Musical. Curve Theater producing first UK tour scheduled for 2024, and weeklong run in March 2024.