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Come From Away

Members say: Absorbing, Must see, Entertaining, Relevant, Delightful
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70 reviews
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490 reviews
 

Direct from a successful North American pre-Broadway tour, this new musical tells the heartwarming true story of how a tiny Canadian town cared for thousands of grounded travelers in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.
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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'), and starring Tony nominee Chad Kimball.

 
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Reviews (560)

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77
Avg Score

85
The New York Times

"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." Full Review

95
BroadwayWorld

"'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." Full Review

65
Variety

"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." Full Review

80
Time Out New York

"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...Despite minor stumbles of craft, 'Come from Away' makes a persuasive case for the value of good intentions. For this kind of uplift you don’t need planes." Full Review

80
Theatermania

"A show that everybody needs to see...A thoroughly moving experience, brimming with humanity and tolerance. Admittedly, it's not without its flaws; Sankoff and Hein's sweet Celtic melodies have a tendency to blend in together, and the book could afford to flesh out certain situations with greater depth. But Ashley's fast-paced staging is mesmerizing, Devine's foot-stomping choreography is joyful, and an awesome onstage jam band plays Eriksmoen's driving orchestrations with excitement." Full Review

85
The Hollywood Reporter

"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 proves consistently engaging and serves the story line beautifully...Serving as a welcome reminder of people’s inherent goodness, 'Come From Away' is the feel-good show of the season." Full Review

80
DC Theatre Scene

"I was worried that 'Come From Away' would be triggering. But the exact opposite occurred. The Canadian songwriting team of Sankoff and Hein are so eager to please that 'Come From Away' keeps a safe distance from the horror of 9/11...'Come From Away' is certainly feel good–also rhythmic, well staged, often funny...Much of the appeal of 'Come From Away' comes not from individual performances but from the precise and lively ensemble work, aided by an eight-piece band." Full Review

90
The Huffington Post

“Altogether different and altogether gripping. Written with heart and skill by Sankoff and Hein…creatively and lucidly directed by Christopher Ashley, and performed by a wildly talented cast...The piece is not merely uplifting but entertaining as well...What looks to be the significant success of this new musical stems from the fact that even the most cynical among us is likely to be deeply touched.” Full Review

85
Lighting & Sound America

"Without making a fuss or employing dubious dazzlements, stirs one to the core...Under Christopher Ashley's swiftly paced, emotionally astute direction, a company of only twelve portrays everyone with seeming effortlessness...There are moments when, in its portrayal of such universal goodwill, 'Come From Away' flirts with becoming cutesy or too insistently upbeat; time and again, however, it steps back from the brink, reminding us that a world-shaking tragedy is taking place." Full Review

75
Theater Life

“Yes, the book is episodic and the songs are a bit treacly here and there...However, Sankoff and Hein resist these Lifetime-TV temptations for the most part, leavening syrupy ‘feel-good’ tropes with sharp wit and memorable, Gaelic-flavored music. Director Ashley keeps the many characters and settings clear with a precise, fluid direction and strong, detail-laden performances…'Come From Away' offers a reassuring and heartening take on the earth-shattering event." Full Review

80
Front Row Center

"Greater than the sum of its parts. The script is iffy. The music is not exceptional. The sound is so loud that the lyrics are often unintelligible. The talent, it should be noted is not iffy one little bit...No one will leave untouched by this show...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." Full Review

55
Talkin' Broadway

"'Come From Away' can't escape its own generic nature; it lacks the necessary fuel. The story doesn't stun...What they have done is make the best of a bad arrangement. They've created one of the most energized and exhilarating evenings of static I've ever seen...Of the many things 'Come From Away' wants to be about, September 11 is pretty far down on the list. That robs it of the urgency, authenticity, and soul it would need to be a grand trek rather than a mildly pleasant detour." Full Review

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The Wall Street Journal

"A gushily sentimental piece of theatrical yard goods that makes every mistake a musical can make...The results play like a volume of oral-history transcripts set to music, and the decision of the authors not to focus tightly on specific characters results in a cluttered, top-heavy show with too much exposition and not nearly enough development...If you’ve been waiting breathlessly for a gooey, uplifting musical about 9/11, your dream has come true." Full Review

55
AM New York

"Sunny and overstuffed but well-meaning...It’s a heartwarming story told with high energy, not to mention an effective seminar on crisis management and a persuasive advertisement for Canadian tourism...But good intentions aside, 'Come From Away' has the depth of a Hallmark card and a pub rock score that is generic and unmemorable. In attempting to keep track of so many different people at once without pause, few receive more than superficial treatment." Full Review

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The Huffington Post

“It seems almost churlish to take apart such a blandly friendly show like ‘Come From Away.’ But bland it is, from the book to the songs to the choreography and pretty much every performance. The inescapable problem is that there is no dramatic story to tell…Any possibilities for tension are mostly ignored…Many of the characters are based on real people but they all feel anonymous.” Full Review

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New York Magazine / Vulture

"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 heart, has possibly lost its way...That it may succeed in making the audience cry is a testament to its fine qualities, which are sufficient to position 'Come From Away' as a possible feel-good hit." Full Review

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New York Daily News

"A big-hearted and crowd-pleasing musical...It's a story that sings...While rousing and rich in harmony, the music suffers from sameness and a sound mix that obscures lyrics...Quips are balanced with serious moments revolving around personal crises and cultural collisions, but the show could do with a bit more introspection...Director Ashley guides the excellent cast and energizing staging...It's a singing reminder that when things are at their worst, people can be at their best." Full Review

90
Times Square Chronicles

"This feel-good musical is infectious, enchanting and just what this country needs right now...Director Christopher Ashley and his amazing 12-member cast recreate the story...Each have their moment to shine but they are a true ensemble...It is hard not to be moved. Even as I am writing this I find myself choking up...'Come From Away' is tuneful, smart and heartfelt, and is sure to have you leaving the theatre feeling just a little bit more positive than when you entered." Full Review

80
Deadline

"Charming and emotionally resonant...'Come From Away' speaks the common language of just folks, and it sings and dances with the authentic inspiration of Newfoundland’s Celtic-based music...Hein and Sarnoff are not Sondheim. The folksy songs in 'Come From Away' are nearly all expository rather than revelatory...The show, staged with kinetic enthusiasm by Christopher Ashley, positively reeks of integrity–positive being the operative word." Full Review

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CurtainUp

"There's certainly plenty to admire about 'Come From Away'...Director Ashley has done a masterful job of insuring that the 12 actors fluidly shift back and forth between their multiple roles...The resourceful staging and non-stop energy of the performers accomplishes its intent...Unfortunately, there are more than a few things missing...None of the characters really make strong, individual impressions...The music is catchy but repetitive and so abrasively loud that it's hard hear the lyrics." Full Review

60
Newsday

"A feel-pretty-nice musical. Think of the simple show as psychological training wheels, perhaps a way to ease us into the unbearable stories our playwrights might someday ask us to confront...The Gander people have a real untold story to tell, which Sankoff and Hein lay out with bits of overlapping narratives and folksy, stomping songs...Director Ashley gets solid, likable performances...Over five days, however, they get distracted into what feels just a bit too much like hootenanny camp." Full Review

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Chicago Tribune

"The show insists on a kind of oral-history equality, constantly shifting from one narrator or protagonist to another...This was no doubt intentional...But it comes at the price of character development...The audience for this show will have been more impacted personally by the losses of Sept. 11...This show never explores that truth...To really do that, Ashley's production would have to be more willing to pause, breathe and challenge, and allow those impacted the most to come to the fore." Full Review

85
NorthJersey.com

“It’s a celebration of the best human instincts, and, particularly coming at this time, doesn’t seem at all hokey. It’s cheering and refreshing...’Come from Away’ tells its many-sided story in an effective, fast-moving style...The well-integrated songs, which range literally from foot-stompers to ballads, are mostly performed by the entire company, emphasizing the theme of community...Tells its story efficiently, but also with a sense of completeness. It’s a tale well-worth hearing.” Full Review

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The Wrap

"As songwriters, this duo relies on a strong percussive element that’s so incessant that their songs take on a militaristic flair. And they’re also very, very loud...Dialogue is shrill and disembodied from the actors, and when the ensemble sings any of the show’s foot-stomping anthems, the lyrics are indecipherable...Christopher Ashley directs the ground traffic, and when he finally gets all those stranded visitors back up in the air you will definitely experience their sense of relief." Full Review

88
Bob's Theater Blog

"An excellent ensemble of twelve play both the residents and the guests, changing roles faster than you can blink...The style of the music is mainly Celtic folk. Many of the songs sounded alike to my untrained ear. There is one lovely number where several passengers pray, each according to his or her custom....Christopher Ashley’s direction keeps things flowing smoothly...Judging from the audience’s enthusiasm, Broadway will welcome this feel-good musical." Full Review

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90
Avg Score

90
Absorbing, Delightful, Refreshing, Great ensemble cast

See it if you want an uplifting show that has the potential to be overly cheesy but errs just on the side of not overdoing it

Don't see it if you dislike it when actors play multiple characters; you don't like human interest stories

90
Clever, Delightful, Must see, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you love musicals with fresh stories and uplifting characters. It is a delight and an incredible testament to the power of relationships.

Don't see it if you aren't interested in the story of the 38 planes that landed in Newfoundland in 2001. The music and lyrics are all that narrative.

92
Delightful, Thought-provoking, Must see, Profound, Refreshing

See it if you want a heart felt and uplifting true story. You will experience every emotion during this show. A must see of the season.

Don't see it if you want something that is fictional

90
Delightful, Relevant, Entertaining, Timely, Great staging

See it if You want or need to be reminded that strength comes from diversity and kindness.

Don't see it if You are a misanthrope.

91
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Must see, Heartfelt, Excellent, talented cast

See it if enjoy original musicals or stories based on a true, historical event.

Don't see it if I think everyone should see it, even those who were affected closely by that horrific day (9/11/2001)

79
A different narrative about the impact of 9/11

See it if Celtic music & band are AMAZING. I didn't know the story & was interested to learn more about how people beyond NY/DC were impacted by 9/11

Don't see it if I have mixed sentiments & can recognize that I am not the right audience demographic...see below

Also I was very fortunate to make it out of Tower 2 on 9/11, so every time ... Read more Read less

93
Absorbing, Refreshing, Resonant, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you like jubilant, original musicals with stellar ensembles that both satisfy the traditional musical itch and play with the form a bit.

Don't see it if you're going to have a problem with the treatment of the subject matter (It's about resilience in the face of tragedy, not tragedy itself)

81
Ambitious, Intelligent, Resonant, Entertaining, 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

84
Energetic, Informative, Superb cast, Wonderful singing, Simple but clever staging

See it if 9/11 is part of your history, you were touched no matter how distantly, you are not aware of how other countries shared our story and help

Don't see it if You are still too traumatized by 9/11, you do not like musicals you feel a real Bway musical must have whistles like a state fair

89
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining, Great staging

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.

72
Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging, Jumbled, Too narrated

See it if If you want to hear a true and inspiring story of kindness, mostly explained, with very little song;

Don't see it if If you're looking for a well-told story that digs a little deeper and has musical numbers with more of an impact;

30
Disappointing, Cliched, Overrated, Slow, Fluffy

See it if you like cheesy musicals

Don't see it if you're looking for something substantial

90
Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting, Must see, Entertaining

See it if Run to the theater. This is going to be one of the main contenders come awards season. It has heart and a great ensemble of actors.

Don't see it if No reason. Go see it.

65
Ambitious, Cliched, Overrated, Great staging, Fluffy

See it if you want to see a solid musical with some good performances by most of the cast

Don't see it if you want something truly good and worth your time

85
Great acting, Resonant, Great singing, Great staging

See it if Wonderfully talented ensemble. Beautiful and timely stories told. Receptive audience. Good dose of humor and humanity. Eclectic score.

Don't see it if It's impossible to do 40 characters justice in 100 mins, so don't expect depth for every character development

95
Absorbing, Enchanting, Resonant, Hilarious, Great staging

See it if you want an uplifting story that gives you faith in humanity. It's exactly the store we need right now.

Don't see it if I can't think of a reason. I recommend everyone see this. It's so well done. Well directed, intricately staged.

100
Must see, Great singing, Touching, Heartwarming, Exhilarating

See it if You enjoy marvelous music with wonderful stories. You want to see something uplifting.

Don't see it if You just don't like musicals no matter what. You find reminders of 9/11 too painful. You are confused by actors playing multiple roles.

93
Delightful, Must see, Profound, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You want to see a true example of the kindness of humans to each other in a time of crisis.

Don't see it if You din't like foreigners especailly Canadians, eh?

Also EVERYONE should see this production. Especially that guy in the White ... Read more Read less

95
Delightful, Intense, Refreshing, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You're interested in a different approach to historical theater. You're looking for a tear-jerker with a few comic scenes.

Don't see it if You feel uncomfortable with topics like Islamophobia, homophobia, and sexism.

77
Absorbing, Quirky, Relevant, Resonant, Touching

See it if you'd like to see a touching story well-told by a very good ensemble, and you can forgive the sometimes clunky writing (both book and music)

Don't see it if you really want this to be perfect. It says a lot that the most memorable tune in the show is, "My Heart Will Go On" from Titanic.

80
Intelligent, Refreshing, Relevant, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if You want something uplifting without being saccharine. You enjoy Anglo-Irish-Scottish folk music (traces of this in the score)

Don't see it if As others have said, if 9/11 is a trigger for you

90
Relevant, Resonant, Riveting

See it if You love real stories told innovatively w/brilliant triple-threat actors. btw-actors moving chairs around to set scenes seems to b new trend

Don't see it if You dislike ALL musicals - even if songs advance story & just a few musicians are on stage. Or reliving 9/11 in any way will be too painful

93
Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Must see, Resonant

See it if You want to see an uplifting and inspiring story that highlights shared humanity during the darkest of times. Great music and acting.

Don't see it if Although this is billed as a "9/12" show that does not focus on the tragedy of 9/11, it may be hard for some people to see.

Also I thought this was a beautiful story and I walked out of the theater f... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Profound, Relevant, Great singing

See it if U simply love any theater. This is a remarkable show - please go! A stunning, heartfelt story. Laughing & crying & smiling at the same time!

Don't see it if I truly can't think of a reason. I really believe this show is for everyone. The music is so relevant to the time and the setting as well.

89
Resonant, Entertaining, Great staging, Energetic

See it if you like energetic shows; you like shows based on historical events; you want to feel good about people

Don't see it if you think 9/11 is still too raw to be entertainment; you don't like shows where a few people play a lot of different roles

Also I came out of this show on such a high. It made me feel good about hum... Read more Read less