Open run | 1h 40m | Midtown W

Come From Away (NYC)

From 3,942 member  reviews
Members say: Absorbing, Entertaining, Must see, Clever, Great staging

About the show

This Broadway sleeper hit musical tells the heartwarming true story of a tiny Canadian town that cared for thousands of grounded travelers in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. More…

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').

Member Reviews (3942)


Absorbing, Entertaining, Must see, Clever, Great staging

Great singing, Disappointing, 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.

Cliched, Funny, Great staging, Resonant, Riveting

See it if A heartwarming story about how 9/11/2001 impacted a small community in Canada. Everyone has a 9/11 story, and this is a reflection of that.

Don't see it if Well, as a friend put it, the show is about how a bunch of people were inconvenienced during a tragedy.

Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated, Quirky

See it if like repetitive, trite, hackneyed storytelling with 3 good songs and alot of filler. Sure, it's a nice story, but I found it agonizing

Don't see it if Have a choice. This was just not for me.

Banal, Dated, Disappointing, Insipid, Cliched

See it if you like regional ensemble shows with minimal sets and an energetic and overtly uplifting (if not cliched) message.

Don't see it if you don't like cringeworthy stereotypes, bad acting, and lazy staging.

Banal, Great staging, Overrated

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.

Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging, Too narrated, Jumbled

See it if If you want to hear a true and inspiring story of kindness, mostly explained, with very little song;

Don't see it if If you're looking for a well-told story that digs a little deeper and has musical numbers with more of an impact;

Disappointing, Overrated, Big-hearted, Crowd-pleasing, Great story

See it if u want a mediocre production of a really wonderful story. I was so looking forward to seeing this.The story moved me. The performance didn't

Don't see it if u don't want a narrated history lesson w/ dates and times. & more music than theater. Overall performances were lackluster. But lovely story

Dizzying, Overrated, Fluffy, Cliched

See it if A corny musical about the effects of 9/11 in Canada, with no actual substance or purpose, will satisfy you

Don't see it if You want deep, thought provoking theater or prefer musicals with memorable music

Overrated, Insipid, Banal

See it if you like manipulative heartfelt stories that are cliche and banal

Don't see it if you have no patience for heartfelt manipulative musicals. Bandstand and War Paint so much better and they were not nominated. See them.

Banal, Cliched, Dated, Disappointing

See it if you like a warm fuzzy story

Don't see it if you disliked overly sentimental theatre with no real dramatic conflict

Ambitious, Great staging, Overrated, Fluffy, Cliched

See it if you want to see a solid musical with some good performances by most of the cast

Don't see it if you want something truly good and worth your time

Ambitious, Well-meaning

See it if You're a fan of a bluegrass/pop-Rock score with a light take on heavy subject matter.

Don't see it if You want an in depth musical about 9/11.

Also I'm very mixed on how I feel about this show and I think this is in pa... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Overrated, Relevant, Ambitious

See it if You like a good uplifting story and relentless music, it never stops. Great characters with wonderful actors.

Don't see it if Constant music and needless movement annoy you. Would have been more profound if creators main goal wasn't to impress or be different.

Great staging, Frantically paced, Sentimental

See it if you need to be convinced that human decency and kindness still exist in the world. (Spoiler alert: they're in Canada)

Don't see it if a musical about 9/11 is too raw for you. Or if you like strong character development.

Also The show was trying too hard to squeeze in every anecdote and interest... Read more Read less

Great acting, Overrated, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You like musicals

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

Overrated, Banal, Entertaining

See it if you want to feel good about humanity

Don't see it if you're looking for great performances

Why all the hype?

See it if You enjoy a good story. Why have we not heard this news before? It is a totally engaging story, that moved to Broadway before its time.

Don't see it if Seek innovative music or lyrics. This is an engaging story that fails to translate into an original or even imaginative musical.

Relevant, Insipid, Entertaining

See it if You like unremarkable but ultimately uplifting shows that provide a nice counterpoint to current political climate

Don't see it if You prefer more sophisticated, edgy, or innovative musicals

Cliched, Overrated, Repetitive, Syrupy

See it if Do not care for musicals and are looking for an "Up with People" type of show.

Don't see it if Value your time and money

Relevant, Overrated, Great staging

See it if for a feel-good 9/11 story.

Don't see it if if a memorable score is important to your musical theatre experience.

Also It's certainly watchable with strong performances and great staging. H... Read more Read less

Clever, Great acting, Shrill

See it if enjoy an uplifting story, but don't mind being yelled at via music and lyrics.

Don't see it if want a show with more varied music, some quieter moments.

Also I know I'm in the minority here, but I found the music kind of shrill ... Read more Read less

Overrated, Delightful, Great staging, Simple, Refreshing

See it if you enjoy simple theatre without the spectacle, story-telling that is human and uncomplicated.

Don't see it if you like theatre that is focused on one/few main characters. You need a brilliant score that takes you through the plotline.

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great staging, Refreshing

See it if You like short shows, great performances.

Don't see it if Like big splashy shows

Great acting, Great staging, Fluffy

See it if You're into uplifting shows with less substance (despite the subject matter).

Don't see it if You're looking for a deep existential theatrical experience.

Trite, Overrated

See it if you're a sucker for theater that pulls on the heartstrings.

Don't see it if you want to see something truly unique and powerful.

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 c...
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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....
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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 he...
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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 pr...
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