REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Come From Away” Opened with a ShowScore of 88

Show-Score | Mar 13, 2017
“Come From Away,” with book, music, and lyrics by Irene Sankoff and David Hein, and directed by Christopher Ashley, opened on March 12, 2017 in New York City. “Come From Away,” with book, music, and lyrics by Irene Sankoff and David Hein, and directed by Christopher Ashley, opened on March 12, 2017 in New York City.

CRITICS REVIEWS

43 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 77.

Ben Brantley
The New York Times
ShowScore: 85
"A big bearhug of a musical...Even the most stalwart cynics may have trouble staying dry-eyed during this portrait of heroic hospitality under extraordinary pressure...'Come From Away' is smarter than it first appears...The show covers a vast expanse of sensitive material with a respect for its complexity...It sustains an air of improvisational urgency, which feels appropriate to a show about making do in crisis, and it doesn’t linger on obvious moments of heartbreak and humanity."
Michael Dale
BroadwayWorld
ShowScore: 95
"'Come From Away,' the inspiring, funny and kick-ass beautiful new musical...takes a true story that began on September 11th, 2001, and tells it in an exhilarating fashion that celebrates decency and human kindness...Director Christopher Ashley's production seamlessly moves from tense moments to humorous ones to unabashedly joyous ones...As long as 'Come From Away' is playing on Broadway, I will recommend it to everyone. Everyone."
Marilyn Stasio
Variety
ShowScore: 65
"The cast is a hearty group and so good-natured they really put the lyrics across...Ashley keeps the traffic moving smartly...But there’s no getting away from it—as broad representatives from both camps of hosts and guests, the characters have no character...By the end of the show, the characters are scarcely more defined than they were at the beginning, and the monotonous music may be pounding on your head. But the intentions of the show are so heartfelt."

“Come From Away” was also reviewed by Allison Adato of Entertainment Weekly, Bruce Smith of BSonArts, BackStage Barbie of BackStage Barbie, Tim Teeman of Daily Beast, Mark Shenton of The Stage (UK), Peter Marks of The Washington Post, Steven Ross of Front Mezz Junkies, Robert Kahn of WNBC, Robert Sholiton of Bob's Theater Blog, Robert Hofler of The Wrap, Robert Feldberg of NorthJersey.com, Linda Winer of Newsday, Chris Jones of Chicago Tribune, Jeremy Gerard of Deadline, Jesse Green of New York Magazine / Vulture, Joe Dziemianowicz of New York Daily News, Matt Windman of AM New York, Matthew Murray of Talkin' Broadway, Steven Suskin of The Huffington Post, Jonathan Mandell of DC Theatre Scene, Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter, David Gordon of Theatermania, and Adam Feldman of Time Out New York.

MEMBER REVIEWS

The show was also reviewed by 380 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 90.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Absorbing, Must see, Relevant, Entertaining, Delightful

Jodi 13, ShowScore: 93
See it if…"You want to see an excellent ensemble cast playing multiple roles to tell a touching story. Told with warmth, humor, and toe-tapping music."
Don't see it if…"A 9/11 story is just too soon for you, or you don't enjoy mostly sung-through storytelling."
EmilyF, ShowScore: 95
See it if…"You love great music an an uplifting and unexpected story. It was truly a joy to sit in the theater." 
Don't see it if…"You like lots of big sets and costumes. It's not a show with a lot of effects."
Artsfan, ShowScore: 68
See it if…"You would like to be inspired by human kindness and can tolerate a 9/11 show about inconvenienced travelers."
Don't see it if…"You are triggered by 9/11 stories, or will have trouble with a story line that seems trivial in light of the day's events and yet not intimate either."

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