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Broadway dates announced for Come From Away

Tom Millward
Tom Millward

It has now been revealed that the new 9/11-themed musical Come From Away, with a book, music & lyrics by Irene Sankoff & David Hein and directed by Tony nominee Christopher Ashley, will begin previews at a yet-to-be-named Shubert Theatre on 18 February 2017, before an official opening on 12 March.

Synopsis: "Come From Away is set against the backdrop of that infamous day in September 2001. In a heartbeat, 38 planes and 6,579 passengers were forced to land in Gander, Newfoundland, doubling the population of one small town on the edge of the world. When the world stopped, their stories moved us all."

The cast includes (in alphabetical order) Petrina Bromley, Geno Carr, Jenn Colella, Joel Hatch, Rodney Hicks, Kendra Kassebaum, Tony nominee Chad Kimball, Lee MacDougall, Caesar Samayoa, Q. Smith, Astrid Van Wieren and Sharon Wheatley.

The production, which premiered last year at La Jolla Playhouse and Seattle Repertory Theatre, will first play limited engagements at Washington D.C.'s Ford's Theatre (2 September to 9 October 2016) and at Toronto's Royal Alexandra Theatre (15 November 2016 to 8 January 2017) before heading to Broadway. It has also just been announced that the cast will perform two benefit concerts at Gander's hockey arena, The Steele Community Centre at Gander, NL, on Saturday, 29 October 2016 at 3pm and 8pm to benefit local Newfoundland and Labrador charities.

The creative team behind Come From Away features choreography by Tony nominee Kelly Devine, music supervision by Ian Eisendrath, scenic design by Tony winner Beowulf Boritt, costume design by Tony nominee Toni-Leslie James, lighting design by Tony winner Howell Binkley, and sound design by Tony nominee Gareth Owen.

Come From Away will be produced on Broadway by Junkyard Dog Productions.

- by Tom Millward

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