‘Come From Away’ sets Broadway closing date
The musical has played on Broadway since 2017.
Come From Away is going away. After more than five years on Broadway, Irene Sankoff and David Hein’s musical is set to close. Come From Away will play its final performance at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre on October 2, having played 1,670 performances and 25 previews.
Come From Away tells the true story of how 7,000 plane passengers were diverted to the Gander, Newfoundland airport in the wake of 9/11. The townspeople of Gander — only numbering just over 7,000 themselves — immediately moved to feed, clothe, and shelter their global visitors, forming lifelong bonds in the process.
The show had its world premiere at the La Jolla Playhouse in 2015, and played other pre-Broadway engagements in Seattle, D.C., and Toronto before starting Broadway performances on February 28, 2017. Opening night was March 12. That year, the show was nominated for seven Tony Awards including Best Musical, winning one for Best Direction for Christopher Ashley.
The four-star New York Theatre Guide review of Come From Away reads, “The cast is beautifully directed and choreographed. Each actor plays more than one part, and their characterizations are so defined that we never, not for an instant, are lost in the transitions. This is an ensemble that is a living breathing solar system that breaks up into planets with their own moons, then swoops back together in an evolving configuration. They are a marvel to watch.”
Much of the original cast from as far back as La Jolla is still with the Broadway production, including Petrina Bromley, Caesar Samayoa, Q. Smith, Astrid Van Wieren, and Sharon Wheatley. In addition, Jenn Colella is returning to play her Tony-nominated role of Annette/Beverley and others from June 21 to August 7.
The current cast also includes Becky Gulsvig, De’Lon Grant, Gene Weygandt, James Seol, Emily Walton, Jim Walton, Paul Whitty, Josh Breckenridge, John Jellison, Tony LePage, Monette McKay, Happy McPartlin and Julie Reiber.
Come From Away on Broadway has attracted audiences from all over the world, and the show has gone on to tour in North America and Australia and play in countries like the U.K. and the Netherlands. The real people depicted in the musical are also frequent guests in the audience.
A performance of Come From Away was filmed in 2021, and the recording is available to stream on Apple TV+.