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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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