Irene Sankoff and David Hein's Come From Away, directed by Christopher Ashley, plays Broadway's Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre.
"Come From Away" is not a command but rather a phrase Newfoundlanders use to describe outsiders. It's also the title of Irene Sankoff and David Hein's new Broadway musical opening tonight at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. Set around the town of Gander, it tells the story of how 38 transatlantic flights were grounded at the Gander International Airport on 9/11, nearly doubling the town's population in one day. It also tells of the remarkable bond forged between the town's residents and the "come from aways" that landed there.
The musical stars an ensemble cast of Chad Kimball (Memphis), Jenn Colella (If/Then), Kendra Kassebaum (Wicked), Geno Carr (Allegiance), Joel Hatch (Annie), Rodney Hicks (The Scottsboro Boys), Lee MacDougall (The Wizard of Oz), Caesar Samayoa (Sister Act), Q. Smith (Mary Poppins), Sharon Wheatley (Avenue Q), Astrid Van Wieren (Mamma Mia!), Petrina Bromley (As You Like It), Josh Breckenridge (The Scottsboro Boys), Susan Dunstan (The Lion King), Tamika Lawrence (If/Then), and Tony LePage (Rock of Ages).
Christopher Ashley (Memphis) directs, with musical staging by Tony nominee Kelly Devine (Rocky). The production features scenic design by Tony Award winner Beowulf Boritt (Act One), costume design by Tony Award nominee Toni-Leslie James (Jelly's Last Jam), lighting design by two-time Tony Award winner Howell Binkley (Hamilton), sound design by Tony Award nominee Gareth Owen (End of the Rainbow), orchestrations by August Eriksmoen (Bright Star), and music arrangements by Ian Eisendrath. Come From Away marks the Broadway debut of husband-and-wife songwriting team Sankoff and Hein, both of whom wrote the book, music, and lyrics.