Open run | 1h 40m | Midtown W

Come From Away (NYC)

From 3,731 member  reviews
Members say: Absorbing, Entertaining, Must see, Great staging, Delightful

About the show

This Broadway sleeper hit musical tells the heartwarming true story of a tiny Canadian town that cared for thousands of grounded travelers in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. More…

On September 11, 2001 the world stopped. In a heartbeat, 38 planes with 6,579 passengers were stranded in the remote town of Gander in Newfoundland, effectively doubling its population. The locals opened their hearts and homes, hosting this international community of strangers–spurring unexpected camaraderie under extraordinary circumstances. Directed by two-time Tony nominee Christopher Ashley ('Memphis,' the revival of 'The Rocky Horror Show').

Member Reviews (3731)


Absorbing, Entertaining, Must see, Great staging, Delightful
Avg Score

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you want an uplifting play that is well staged, great lighting and very funny as well as moving. Simple, yet complicated. very good show.

Don't see it if If you don't like musicals, otherwise a very touching, smooth running musical.

Fun, Relevant, Enchanting, Romantic, Resonant

See it if People helping people for a week, relationship subplots, lively music, local Newfoundland culture, light-hearted jokes, a few sad moments.

Don't see it if You want to see something more intense and dramatic. The show touches on some serious issues, but its format is many characters, not depth.

Ambitious, Entertaining, Original, Cliched

See it if you want to see an original, uplifting, engaging, if somewhat bland, sentimental & trite, musical about the goodness of people under duress.

Don't see it if you expect any deep, new, holistic view of life outside of NY on 9/11. [This show tells one lovely tale without much edge or substance.]

Relevant, Must see, Intelligent, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if A real life experience with feel good chapters and feel sad chapters. So well done This may be only my 3rd or 4th 100 rating. Super cast

Don't see it if A must see

Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you like new musicals that tell a modern story, smallish cast who play multiple roles, are Canadian, recall 9/11, like a great narrative

Don't see it if you avoid 9/11 topics in any metier, enjoy traditional dance musicals, don't like to concentrate on plot and character,

In addition to trump, this rousing musical makes you want to be a canadian

See it if the first half w/ wit & grace makes u care/laugh bout fate of 7,000 people landing in Gander on 9/11 & its impossibly hospitable residents

Don't see it if once planes land and passgrs settle, show flags; need to do more than tell random funny/touching pssgr stories

Also (1) Show is theatrical tour de force by having both the passengers and... Read more Read less

Great singing, Disappointing, Staging very busy. almost no quiet moments. dizzying in that respect. also loud.

See it if You want to learn this part of 9/11 history. A nice story although there are too many characters. Hard to care about any in particular.

Don't see it if You don't want to think about the events of 9/11. If you don't like bluegrass music. Play is sung through. No talking.

Funny, Must see, Powerful, Great singing, Great music

See it if People caring and helping about tears, laughter, love, together, caring, thankful. It make you feel good.

Don't see it if I cannot see not going.

Also The music is excellent. Very emotion at a lot of parts. This show tell... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Intelligent, Resonant, Ambitious, Similar to once

See it if you like Irish/Bluegrass music (over and over and over), enjoy a feel-good show with pleasant and inspiring story line and characters.

Don't see it if you prefer musicals with lots of costumes, big production numbers,a variety of musical styles and dance. Anything to do with 9/11 upsets you

Also If anything positive came out of 9/11, this story was it. Very little ... Read more Read less

Clever, Ambitious, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to know about a great true story.

Don't see it if You want to see a great musical

Uplifting, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Human

See it if joyous noise emanating from human trial, melding people, melting cultural differences, talented cast of multiculturals/sexes/ages excite you

Don't see it if don't want to be reminded of 9/11, cannot empathize with others plights, think musicalizing anythiing cheapens the memory of it

Heartwarming fluff, great band

See it if The Canadians are inspiring. The score was insipid but beautifully played by a great sounding band that jams on the stage at curtain call.

Don't see it if Left me kinda lukewarm. Actors play too many characters. The stage is very busy.

Great singing, Great writing, Absorbing, Enjoyable, Touching

See it if You are interested in a good play about a true story of hospitality in times of need after 9/11.

Don't see it if Stories about 9/11 are too close for comfort or you are not ready for a positive 9/12 story.

Entertaining, Relevant, Cliched, Funny

See it if you're in the mood for well executed feel good, uplifting theater. Very entertaining.

Don't see it if you want nuance and well developed characters. Theme is thought provoking and important but was somewhat trivialized.

Absorbing, Delightful, Great singing, Great staging, Resonant

See it if you enjoy a show based on a true story done with great care due to the nature of the incident. Great voices inspiring story

Don't see it if 9/11 events are super disturbing to you

Also The musical was well crafted, not condescending or trite. Rings true

Joyous, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Delightful, Must see

See it if you value an original, thoughtful & vital production based on the events following the 9/11 attack, told with heart, humor & compassion.

Don't see it if no reason not to see it.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great staging, Great singing, Touching

See it if for a heartwarming musical with a great ensemble cast about the hospitality of people in Newfoundland on 9/11 & following days

Don't see it if don't want anything about 9/11 no matter how uplifting (it is still a tearjerker); don't want characters playing multiple roles

Also The characters are not really developed but that is consistent with it... Read more Read less

Delightful, Great staging, Great writing, Resonant, Funny

See it if you're ready for the expectations you had for a 9/11 show to be obliterated. I assumed solemn & instead found joyous, funny & life-affirming

Don't see it if you hate humankind. This show is an unabashed celebration of humanity at its finest.

Entertaining, Must see, Riveting, Resonant

See it if Beautifully put together musical. Every minute was a delight and especially relevant to a NY'er. A must see !

Don't see it if If you do not like musicals.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great staging, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You want something new, well done, good staging, interesting untold story of 9/11. Very cleverly done minimal staging super lighting.

Don't see it if You want dancing and costumes and choreography. This show is absorbing but not a typical grand bdwy musical.

Inspiring, Hearts in all the right places, Exquisite, Necessary for our times, Dark, humorous, bold, thoughtful, and touching

See it if a human being with a beating heart; you want to be inspired in 100 well-choreographed minutes; you believe in the beauty of hope in tragedy.

Don't see it if triggered by 9 /11 stories; dislike humor mixed with tragedy; easily confused by actors in multiple roles; you've left your heart at home.

Also I knew I'd love Come From Away, but I wasn't prepared to love it as mu... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Clever, Great singing, Great writing, Funny

See it if you want to experience a heart-lifting, life-affirming show that will leave you in tears while you rock to the beat.

Don't see it if nope, there isn't anyone that shouldn't see this phenomenon.

Also The show is even more powerful knowing that the story and characters a... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Moving, Resonant, Relevant, Must see

See it if you want to see a strong original ensemble piece. Beautifully sung w/masterful music excellently performed on-stage by rockin' musicians.

Don't see it if you have no heart. Deeply moving, sweet & loving. Hits home for all NY'ers. Amazing ensemble performs AS ONE: their unison is enthralling.

Delightful, Great singing, Must see, Funny, Resonant

See it if you enjoy powerful, intensely emotional, energetic musicals re lrecent events and experiences, and Irish/Cornish music. Bring box of tissues

Don't see it if you cannot tolerant vivid reminder of 9/11, stories of mingling of diverse peoples or Irish/Cornish music or loud musicals, strong language.

Absorbing, Clever, Great staging, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to laugh and cry while remembering an event that is scorched in our minds

Don't see it if You want standard fare about fictional people and places

March 12th, 2017
"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 c...
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March 12th, 2017
"A swelling heart of a musical...'Come from Away's' multiple narratives mostly have low stakes...When it touches on weightier concerns it falters; it is better at celebrating less consequential things...Under Christopher Ashley’s fluid direction, the 12 versatile actors form a true ensemble cast....
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March 12th, 2017
"By no means the best musical on Broadway, but it’s surely the goodest...The production, tightly directed by Ashley, does its damnedest to knock you into submission. The songs are pleasant...In facing the problem of making its story palatable as a stage work, 'Come From Away,' despite its good he...
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March 12th, 2017
"Creators Sankoff and Hein have crafted a heartwarming and thoroughly entertaining musical...Despite the doubling and tripling of roles, the numerous characters are all vividly rendered, thanks to the skillfulness of the writing and performances...Although not particularly memorable, the music pr...
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