Members say: Absorbing, Entertaining, Must see, Delightful, Great singing

About the show

This Broadway sleeper hit musical tells the heartwarming true story a tiny Canadian town that 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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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


"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


"'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

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

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


"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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Front Mezz Junkies

"It is a refreshing, warm, and very humane tale that attends to the lump that will be in your throat, and the tears of love and compassion that will run down your cheeks, by also putting a big grin on your face...This writing team does create the most musically lovely story about that day in the most humanly way possible...Beautifully staged by the creative team, 'Come From Away' is one of the most singularly engaging new musicals to come to Broadway this spring." 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

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

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


"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


“Heartfelt but overly sentimental…It tries to tell so many little stories that there’s scant time to develop three-dimensional characters and substantial dramatic conflict. And the songs are pleasant but unmemorable…Director Ashley and choreographer Devine keep the show focused and lively...Given the divided state of our country today, there’s joy to be found in watching good folks look out each other. But it’s not enough to send 'Come From Away' soaring to theatrical heights." Full Review

Wolf Entertainment Guide

"The genius of this production, which I regard as the best new musical of the season, is that from the very beginning a skilled group of 12 actors thrillingly take on assorted roles and slip in and out of the characters in a free-flowing staging...The goodhearted nature of 'Come from Away' is at the forefront without being cloyingly sentimental...The show appeals to our finer qualities as human beings, and manages to be exuberantly entertaining at the same time." Full Review

See: Critics' Reviews | Members' Reviews

Moving, Great staging, Energetic, Great ensemble work, Human

See it if You want to experience a somber albeit uplifting musical about the depth and warmth of the human spirit.

Don't see it if You can't stand ensemble musicals or linear, chronological storytelling.

Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you enjoy a musical that is not only entertaining, but meaningful, particularly if 9/11 is relevant to you.

Don't see it if very young kids. Middle school, and up, go! Can't think of any other reason not to see it. Excellent!

Moving, Wonderful ensemble cast, Loved it., Amazing true story, Beautiful lights & sets

See it if You enjoy well-done stories with heart. Wonderful to see how the town of gander interacted with stranded passengers. Uplifting & memorable.

Don't see it if Can't think of a reason not to see it.

Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if Like great writing, wonderful singing and a heartwarming true story, don't miss this show

Don't see it if Don't like musicals or don't like stories based on real events but rather fantasies then this isn't for you

Also For the editors, hit the wrong button, actually was $95 for the show a... Read more Read less

Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

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.

Refreshing, Relevant

See it if You want to feel good.

Don't see it if You want to see classic broadway

Delightful, Great staging, Heartwarming, Life-affirming

See it if you want to rejoice at humanity. This is a show about the joys of human connection.

Don't see it if you have a problem with simplifying stories. While the show doesn't shy away from Islamophobia, entirely, it's mostly telling kind stories

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great singing, Informative, Heartwarming

See it if you like uplifting, heartwarming musicals about people helping people during the 9/11 tragedy. Singing is great and characters are likeable.

Don't see it if you can't deal with memories of 9/11 or if you're expecting any kind of dramatic conflict, memorable music, or lavish production sets.

Also This is a very heartwarming "feel good" show about people reaching out... Read more Read less

Delightful, Masterful, Relevant, Great writing, Great singing

See it if you want to see ensemble theater at its best. Great music, great story, great singing, humor, poignancy...this has it all.

Don't see it if you hate ensemble theater. A slightly over miked show where you can't always catch every word will ruin your whole experience.

Original, Delightful, Must see, Resonant, Great staging

See it if You want a heartwarming meaningful tale of how people helped each other get through the difficulties of displacement & 9-11

Don't see it if You only like a traditional musical. The material is treated so well everyone should see it. I especially liked the female pilot narrative

Absorbing, Enchanting, Relevant, Entertaining, Heart warming

See it if You enjoy an emotional theatre experience and love musicals.

Don't see it if You don’t like musicals.

Also This play lives up to its advance praise. A wonderful theatre experien... Read more Read less

Cliched, Entertaining, Come from away to see this feel good, though superficial, show!

See it if you want to feel good about humanity and enjoy very good singing and actors playing multiple roles

Don't see it if you prefer shows with depth and a lack of clichés, with acting seldom above average

Funny, Enchanting, Entertaining, Heart-warming

See it if you like now musicals and new composers. You like great ensemble work. You’d like a gentle reminder of our shared Humanity.

Don't see it if You like spectacles, familiar stories or pop scores or classic musicals with tunes you’ll go out humming.

Funny, Enchanting, Great writing, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if if you have had any connection big or small to 9/11 and just love all-around great stories/plays.

Don't see it if are looking for a big stage musical production or don't like folk like music, otherwise a must see.

Delightful, Dizzying, Must see, Great writing, Great staging

See it if You love theater. This show grabs you from the opening and doesn't let go. The cast members play multiple roles nut you never lose the story

Don't see it if You are afraid of shedding a few tears or you don't like seeing the basic kindness and dignity of Canadians contrasted with American ways.

Absorbing, Must see, Profound, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if Went to the autism-friendly performance. Surprisingly good. Great music. Great story. Moving. Quick 1hr, 40-min. Bar-like, folksy, Music.

Don't see it if No reason not to see. Loosely based on 9/11. Some cussing. No intermission

Absorbing, Must see, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if an amazing, original musical

Don't see it if if you're looking for a star driven vehicle or a classically structured musical

Entertaining, Slick, Fluffy, Glib

See it if Your mother is in town and want to make sure she likes something

Don't see it if Your mom's out of town and want to make sure *you* like something

Also A well oiled machine of absolutely nothing. A deeper analysis could re... Read more Read less

Clever, Delightful, Masterful, Must see, Profound

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Ambitious, Profound, Quirky, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if you want to see a very original show with a heart tugging premise

Don't see it if you want a traditional structure or want development of character

Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant, Riveting, Fresh

See it if you want to see a heartwarming, hard-hitting, broadway smash. Also if you are looking for a shorter show. No intermission.

Don't see it if there is no reason not to see this show.

Also This show should have won best musical. I saw every show nominated and... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Must see, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You want to see a wel done show, with a great ensemble, seeking only to entertain you. It was a great night in the theater.

Don't see it if You’re looking for big “star turns”. Jenn Collela was great, but never tried to steal the spotlight from her cast. Not hummable tunes.

Delightful, Entertaining

See it if Nice Broadway show brought to you by Starbucks radio station. The decent cast irons out any wrinkle within this show.

Don't see it if Subject matter overshadows the show and the lack of character development. Overall the show was just nice.

Funny, Absorbing, Refreshing, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You love heartfelt, real stories about amazing people. You love new musicals and want something different than a typical commercial show.

Don't see it if Topics relating with 9/11 are very hard to deal with. The show does a great job of addressing 9/11 but it is heartbreaking

Banal, Overrated, Great staging

See it if You love musicals with peppy uplifting stories, despite being about 9/11. Some good voices and stage direction.

Don't see it if You find the telling of a side story during 9/11 inappropriate. It whitewashes many issues and the music/lyrics aren't very good.

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