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Come From Away

Members say: Absorbing, Entertaining, Must see, Relevant, Delightful
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Critics
88
17 reviews
Members
93
55 reviews
 

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 in 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 (72)

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88
Avg Score

80
The Washington Post

for a previous production "Although the musical touches briefly on interesting aspects of the passengers’ feelings many of the self-narrated stories here fall into the lower-grade category of tales of inconvenience...It’s as a unit that the dozen actors, with Ashley’s intelligent guidance, ring the most urgent emotionality out of the material...If the book’s mechanics unfold with too much sugar, the score has an infectious, gritty vitality." Full Review

75
San Diego Union-Tribune

for a previous production "An inspired and highly original piece whose structure is wed beautifully to its story...Ashley directs the show with a graceful yet propulsive flow...The real-life backdrop serves the work’s admirable authenticity, but one consequence is that the latter half feels short on conflict, as the characters grow more comfortable with each other and their plight…And then there are flashes of theatrical magic…In such quietly potent moments as those, 'Come From Away' takes wing." Full Review

90
Variety

for a previous production "A superb new show…A moving, thoroughly entertaining tribute to international amity and the indomitable human spirit…In only their second attempt at a musical, Sankoff and Hein maintain a hard-edged reality that old pros would envy…Each actor pulls full ensemble weight, though standouts are Lee MacDougall and Sharon Wheatley as spontaneous lovers, and Caesar Samayoa’s Egyptian passenger confronting suspicion and fear." Full Review

95
DC Metro Theater Arts

for a previous production "What makes it different is also what makes it so very special. Sankoff and Hein seem to buck every rule of the musical theatre and the result is one of the most refreshing pieces of art that I have seen in years. The folk and country influenced pop score is tuneful and the cast sings the hell out of it...And it earns every tear, laugh, and cheer that it deservedly gets." Full Review

80
DC Theatre Scene

for a previous production "Ashley maintains a frenetic pace. He never lets off the gas, but, by the same token, rarely allows for stillness...Everything about 'Come From Away' is built for big-eyed impressiveness...It’ll be so much fun that you’ll hardly notice the paucity of pace variation and lack of overarching story through the speed and not-so-serious angle. Just let this new musical wash over you and you’ll leave with a smile." Full Review

90
BroadwayWorld

for a previous production "The numerous songs move the story forward rather than stop it, and fit perfectly with a carefully constructed book...The cast is exceptional at creating, embracing, and putting forth a sense of community, while still standing out as individuals...'Come From Away' is a wholly satisfying evening of theatre - a bit of a throwback kind of musical, but with enough contemporary edge, and certainly relevance." Full Review

90
The Globe and Mail

for a previous production "With conversational lyrics and direct-address dialogue, 'Come From Away' has the feel of a documentary play...Despite 9/11 being always in the background, 'Come From Away' is a funny show...'Come From Away' may be a celebration of humanity – but it is not starry-eyed...The accessible story, strong emotional core and gorgeous songwriting should not distract from how original and smart this gem of a musical is." Full Review

100
On Stage Blog

for a previous production "This is one of the best new shows I’ve seen. The world is ready for this...The show includes real events and stories from the town and the actual passengers...The music and dialogue by Sankoff and Hein was absolutely superb, giving us laughs and tears constantly throughout. The direction couldn’t have been any stronger; Ashley outdid himself with this piece...I can’t really stress how important this show is to everyone." Full Review

85
Seattle Times

for a previous production "An especially timely, meaningful balm to the benumbed psyche. A rousing, inspiring yet unpretentious show…’Come From Away’ features a smartly choreographed acting ensemble loaded with versatility and presence…This isn’t, thankfully, a Hallmark Channel version of events…It merits a broad audience for its thoughtful depiction of the kindness of strangers…It honors our capacity for humble goodness and mutual empathy in the shadow of faith-shattering evil." Full Review

100
BroadwayWorld

for a previous production "The best new, original musical I've ever seen...The production is brilliant directed by Christopher Ashley who perfectly paces the drama while bringing enough comedy to the piece to keep it from being overwhelming. Sankoff and Hein's score is enchanting, and full of songs that will stay with you long after you leave the theatre. You'll laugh, you'll cry, and you'll be a better person when you leave the theatre." Full Review

90
Toronto Sun

for a previous production "Here are real people and personal stories on both sides of the equation, all brought to life by only a dozen superb actors in a true ensemble. And by terrific music...The mood is energetic throughout, but switches seamlessly between celebratory and fierce. 'Come from Away' tells dozens of individual stories — some with only a brilliant line or two — and a general tale of the indelible bond created...This production is quick, smart, funny, deeply affecting." Full Review

80
The Toronto Star

for a previous production "A big-hearted, thoroughly enjoyable new musical...A talented and versatile cast all play multiple roles and switch between identities as locals and 'plane people,' underlining the message of shared humanity....It is far from subtle. But appreciation of it is greatly enhanced by the knowledge that the musical’s storylines are based in truth...The show is full of engaging, surprising and often funny details as we are invited to look at the complexities of the influx of 'come from aways.'" Full Review

90
National Post

for a previous production "A heart-warming show, but there’s almost nothing sentimental about it. Both in its substance and in its treatment, it’s outstandingly sensible. It drives but it doesn’t rush. The cleverest but also the most honest thing about it may be the way it deploys its cast...It’s ingenious, it’s invigorating, and it’s never confusing...The atmosphere is warm, but never insultingly folksy. The score, mostly tight and rockish, goes traditional for one ebullient sequence...It barrels seamlessly through." Full Review

100
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

for a previous production "One of the most engaging shows I’ve ever seen, alternately upbeat and sad, boisterous and quiet. Every aspect of ‘Come From Away’ is pitch-perfect, starting with the tightly written script and the infectious Celtic-rock music…The 12-member cast is stellar…It’s the personal stories that make ‘Come From Away’ such a powerful experience….A buoyant evening of first-rate theater." Full Review

100
BroadwayWorld

for a previous production "The best musical I've seen all year and possibly ever...The characters, story and above all the music of the show are infectious to the level of soul invading…This highly emotional show is brilliantly directed by Ashley…12 very gifted actors transform themselves from one persona to another with ease…The story, the music, the performances; everything about it came together in a blissful mélange of brilliance…If you miss this one, you'll regret it for the rest of your theatrically subpar life." Full Review

95
Entertainment Today

for a previous production "Rarely over the decades have I seen an audience leap to its feet as quickly...A bravura production…At the very center of the play, in terms of plot, timing and theme, is an incredibly powerful song called ‘Prayer.’ In a sonic miracle, the hopes and fears of at least four major religions are harmonized. Director Christopher Ashley pulls together an incredibly diverse number of characters and subplots. He balances a wide range of emotions effectively…This is an evening not to be missed." Full Review

95
Seattle Magazine

for a previous production "With a Celtic flavor and outstanding instrumentals, the combinations of folksy sounds and beautiful ballads — along with superb acting — transport the audience to a time and place unlike any other they’ve visited via a theatrical performance…'Come From Away' could well be another Tony winner. Touching, entertaining and thoroughly absorbing, it’s a rather magical piece that makes audiences care about its characters…See it." Full Review

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93
Avg Score

96
For a previous production
Ambitious, Epic, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if can't imagine a truly ensemble musical about 9000 plus people landing in Gander on Sept 11th. It's the Greatest Story Never Told.

Don't see it if no please see it! History needs to remember (especially now) a pocket of goodness that happened far away from Sept 11th sites.

Also I saw this show in DC and I hope to see it again and again in my lifet... Read more Read less

83
For a previous production
Delightful, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if you want to feel good about human nature. People coming together to pull goodness out of disaster. Enjoyable new score done by a good cast

Don't see it if you are looking for something more deep. While enjoyable and entertaining, we don't really learn much about the characters we're watching

Also Based on DC production

91
For a previous production
Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if Enjoy smaller musicals with a folksy bluegrass tinged score. Interestingly staged and casted. see a different side to a catastropic event

Don't see it if 9/11 is an off limits topic. Dont like actors playing multiple roles. Not a light fluffy big musical. No intermission in dc

95
For a previous production
Absorbing, Enchanting, Refreshing, Resonant, Great writing

See it if you want a show about 9/11 that is, believe it or not, a feel-good show. There's a lot of human interest here and even some romance.

Don't see it if 9/11 is a trigger for you.

Also These comments are for the D.C. production.

95
For a previous production
Must see, Refreshing, Resonant, Great writing, Heartwarming

See it if This show is so much more than a "9/11 musical." This is heartwarming, well-written, beautifully sung and an important piece of history not

Don't see it if you'd prefer a big, flashy show. This is intimate, folksy, and told in a simple, effective way.

94
For a previous production
Absorbing, Great acting, Must see, Great writing, Heartwarming

See it if you're fed up with all the negativity and rude people in the world. It will warm your heart and restore your faith in humanity.

Don't see it if you feel it's still too soon to see a show centered around the September 11th tragedy even though it's heartwarming.

100
For a previous production
Funny, Delightful, Masterful, Must see, Great writing

See it if You believe in the goodness of human nature.

Don't see it if you want to miss one of the best shows to come to Broadway this year.

Also Saw the show twice in Seattle and will see it on Broadway this Spring.... Read more Read less

91
For a previous production
Absorbing, Intelligent, Refreshing, Resonant

See it if you want to see a totally original musical based on a real event revolving around 9/11.

Don't see it if you need to see a mindless, superficial musical with pretty sets and costumes.

87
For a previous production
Absorbing, Great acting, Must see, Resonant, Great singing

See it if Hard for me to score this one as I like edgier musicals but I TRULY respect this piece, you will laugh and cry. Jenn C is masterful. Dnt mss

Don't see it if You are sensitive to globalist viewpoints. And even despite that, it is hard not to love this show.

98
For a previous production
Funny, Uplifting, Great acting, Must see, Emotional, heartfelt, & brilliant

See it if You want to see a truly uplifting, resonant and funny show that will restore your faith in humanity. Brilliant acting & staging - must see!

Don't see it if You don't like stories based on true events or you prefer shows with lots of spectacle, jazz hands and dancing.

Also This review is for the D.C. pre-Broadway production. Although the pros... Read more Read less

95
For a previous production
Uplifting, Clever, Entertaining

See it if you want to associate something happy with 9/11. A great show that brings to life the stories in the book "The Day the World Came to Visit"

Don't see it if you want to believe that people everywhere are bad. Newfoundlanders are great!

96
For a previous production
Funny, Great acting, Masterful, Great writing, Great staging

See it if You want to see the effects of 9/11 from a different perspective. Raw human, often humorous, slice of life musical about 5 days post 9/11

Don't see it if You have a hard time dealing with the events of 9/11. Don't want to be moved. Have no heart. It's not a big set, big costume, type of show!

95
For a previous production
Clever, Enchanting, Must see, Relevant, Great staging

See it if you'd like to see different 9/11 story with a heart and soul about a community that helped and expected nothing in return.

Don't see it if don't like Newfoundland accents or folk music.

Also I specifically flew to DC to see this show as it goes to Toronto and t... Read more Read less

82
For a previous production
Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if you're interested in something very different--and FAST paced and enjoy historical accounts.

Don't see it if you're not curious about what happened to all those planes in the air that couldn't land on 9/11 or hate actors playing multiple roles.

Also More of an anecdotal side note: I have to admit since I wrote my piece... Read more Read less

93
For a previous production
Absorbing, Clever, Edgy

See it if You love an amazing story and want a show that will challenge you

Don't see it if You want something light-hearted. Not good for young children!

95
For a previous production
Clever, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if you liked Once; enjoy excellent music w/eclectic cast & solid voices; unusual musical theme, fast paced; saw it in DC & a sure Bdwy hit!

Don't see it if intimidated by 9/11 theme; serious topic, simple staging; little dialogue and if you don't want to be moved by what you saw on stage

85
For a previous production
Uplifting, Relevant, Resonant, Charming, Entertaining

See it if You will appreciate an inspiring musical about a deeply tragic event. It was more of a feel-good show than a tear-jerker which surprised me.

Don't see it if You have a thing against nice Canadians.

85
For a previous production
Refreshing, Entertaining, Heartwarming

See it if you want to see a very heartwarming story of a real life event with a great score and fantastic cast

Don't see it if you have a hard time understanding thick Newfoundland accents

Also this is about the pre-Broadway tryout in Toronto

95
For a previous production
Moving, interesting, superior staging, must see

See it if You enjoy creative and moving theater based on true events.

Don't see it if 911 brings back too many haunting memories

90
For a previous production
Absorbing, Clever, Resonant

See it if you enjoy ensemble-based musicals

Don't see it if you like to leave the show humming a song

95
For a previous production
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if You are interested in learning about the impact of 9/11 from a different perspective told by a very talented cast with great music & singing

Don't see it if The events of 9/11 are still too fresh and raw in your memory for you to be able to appreciate this retelling of the story

Also I saw this when it was playing in DC, prior to Broadway

95
For a previous production
Absorbing, Epic, Masterful, Must see, Relevant

See it if You want to see a part of history. This 9/11 based musical is a must see. Will change your perspective and bring you to tears.

Don't see it if There's no good reason to not see this. Whether your from LA, Chicago, or New York, you need to see this.

98
For a previous production
Absorbing, Intelligent, Intense, Resonant

See it if you want a reaffirmation that there is good in the world. Great music, great acting, great but simple staging. The show is about the people

Don't see it if you don't want to have a good ugly cry in places (but you will leave uplifted)

Also This is from the DC production at Ford's Theater.

93
For a previous production
Clever, Delightful, Hilarious, Entertaining, Heart-warming

See it if You like a heart-warming show that celebrates community and people at their cooperative best.

Don't see it if Your idea of Broadway requires big spectacle.

100
For a previous production
Funny, Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if like to be entertained. Funny, witty, well-written script. Reminded me that there are many people-helpers out there. Kindness is infectious

Don't see it if you don't have a good sense of humour