Come From Away (Broadway)
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Come From Away (Broadway)
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Come From Away (Broadway) NYC Reviews and Tickets

92%
(5129 Reviews)
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98%
Mixed
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Negative
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Absorbing, Entertaining, Must see, Delightful, Great singing

A charming true story of a tiny Canadian town that cared for 7000 grounded travelers post-9/11.

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983 Reviews | 229 Followers
94
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.

811 Reviews | 221 Followers
92
Resonant, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if you want to enjoy a story of human triumph where care and concern for others is presented by a strong cast with excellent staging.

Don't see it if the events of 9/11 are a trigger for you.

706 Reviews | 214 Followers
85
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.

692 Reviews | 152 Followers
90
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,

MJK
677 Reviews | 187 Followers
79
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.]

618 Reviews | 274 Followers
83
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 Read more

don
506 Reviews | 1002 Followers
100
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

657 Reviews | 101 Followers
90
Great writing, Inspirational, Great singing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like a wonderfully inspirational show concerning a horrific event. Beautifully acted and great script.

Don't see it if you don't like any show about 9/11 or you prefer musicals with big production numbers. Read more

Critic Reviews (63)

The New York Times
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 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."
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Time Out New York
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...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."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
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 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."
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The Hollywood Reporter
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 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."
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Entertainment Weekly
March 12th, 2017

"A feel-good musical about 9/11?...Save for one woman who cannot get in touch with her NYC firefighter son, our travelers are, at worst, disoriented and inconvenienced...The music is confident and lively, and the lyrics keep the story moving...The double-and-more casting underscores 'Come From Away’s' people-are-people theme. The point is struck somewhat heavily at times. But when the show threatens to feel pat, it helps to remember this all happened."
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Variety
March 12th, 2017

"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."
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The Wall Street Journal
March 13th, 2017

"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."
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Deadline
March 12th, 2017

"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."
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