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Come From Away

Members say: Absorbing, Entertaining, Must see, Relevant, Delightful
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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 (905)

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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


"'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


"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

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


"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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


"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


"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


"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

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


“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

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

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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Absorbing, Great writing, Great singing, 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 fir comfort or you are not ready gor a positive 9/12 story.

Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if Extremely well staged and acted. Well told story that keeps you involved

Don't see it if You are expecting to be tremendously moved as some critics felt. It was very enjoyable but I expected more.

Great acting, Relevant, Great singing

See it if One of those shows that one finds delightful with a lot of hear. Great singing, and stirs in you the power of the human connection.

Don't see it if conceptual and minimalist staging bothers you.

Must see, Riveting, Great writing, Great singing, Great staging

See it if A show about the human spirit. Do yourself a favor and be a part of this experience.

Don't see it if There is absolutely no reason. You will be a kinder, empathetic, and selfless person when you leave the theatre.

Epic, Intelligent, Must see, Refreshing, Great writing

See it if You are a thoughtful, caring human being who cares about your fellow human beings. If you voted for Trump, this might be the cure.

Don't see it if All you want to do is build a wall and are so closed minded you are not willing to see a better way.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Refreshing, Great staging

See it if you want to see the show that will give DEH a run for it's money at the Tony awards. Heartfelt. Beautiful staging/direction

Don't see it if you are looking for a flashy musical.

Absorbing, Must see, Refreshing, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you want to witness a beautiful story and a great cast as well!

Don't see it if you want to see a play!

Thought-provoking, Cliched, Overrated, Glib, Sentimental

See it if You want a folksy musical about the effects of 9/11 on one small town, docu-drama style.

Don't see it if You were in NYC on 9/11. Or you want your characters to feel developed. Or any sense of the scale of the tragedy. It felt glib and dishonest

Refreshing, Entertaining, Great singing, Touching

See it if You love a sense of community and great singing.

Don't see it if You don't like smiling

Funny, Clever, Delightful, Must see, Entertaining

See it if You love a great ensemble piece with lively music

Don't see it if You would prefer a focused piece with one major character arc

Absorbing, Delightful, Refreshing, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You like human interest stories that elevate your understanding of goodness and loving your neighbors.

Don't see it if You don't like musicals and don't care to see a show that demonstrates selflessness.

Funny, Masterful, Must see, Relevant, Riveting

See it if You still have wounds from 9/11. This magnificent show will help soothe those wounds.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy musicals that restore your faith in humanity with humor and grace.

Exquisite, Great acting, Masterful, Must see, Great writing

See it if You want to see a moving and uplifting show full of emotion about the power of mankind.

Don't see it if You do not like to cry. You do not like stories of People stepping up and making do in tough times.

Absorbing, Great acting, Must see, Relevant, Great singing

See it if You must see this ensemble of actors & musicians! On stage for 105 mins telling genuine stories & every emotion is laid out bare. Must see!

Don't see it if The intensity of 12 actors in a constant stream of song & storytelling can become overwhelming. This is true stories of the 9/11 experience.

Funny, Entertaining, "cute"

See it if you want to see a "feel good" show, with good, fun, musical numbers.

Don't see it if You are looking for character development or deeper source material

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Disappointing, Great singing, 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.

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,

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Masterful, Great staging

See it if You want to see a show that's pretty damn close to perfect! Truly extraordinary!

Don't see it if I can't think of a reason... EVERYONE should see this show!

Funny, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you have any connection to 9/11-I promise, this show will redeem your faith in humanity!! It's delightful without being sappy.

Don't see it if you are extremely sensitive about 9/11, although it's not a 9/11's about the best of humanity.

Absorbing, Profound, Great staging

See it if you love great storytelling.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals.

Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You want your spirits lifted and need to be reminded of the very best of humanity on the very worst of days. pedestrian lyrics done well.

Don't see it if Just see it

Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Dizzying, Profound

See it if you believe in humanity. It's a touching story about 9/11, that can help with healing. Actors play many roles & it is very fast moving.

Don't see it if you don't want to experience an unconventional musical. The music is quite similar throughout.

Absorbing, Great acting, Must see, Great singing

See it if you want to be totally enchanted and very much moved

Don't see it if you have a heart of stone

Absorbing, Delightful, Refreshing, Riveting

See it if you want to see a lively, moving musical about the hospitality of the citizens of NewFoundland during the 911 closure of US airspace.

Don't see it if you don't want to be reminded about anything to do with 911 even thought it is done with great energy, passion and love through song & dance

Quirky, Cliched, Overrated

See it if you want a feel-good musical or to leave feeling better about humanity.

Don't see it if you want a complicated book or score; you are allergic to "cute;" or have sophisticated taste in musicals.