Open run | 1h 40m | Midtown W

Come From Away (NYC)

From 3,440 member  reviews
Members say: Absorbing, Entertaining, Must see, Great staging, Delightful

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 (3440)

MEMBERS SAY:

Absorbing, Entertaining, Must see, Great staging, Delightful

25
Cliched, Overrated, Glib, Sentimental, Thought-provoking

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

34
Entertaining, Fluffy, Glib, Slick

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

30
Cliched, Disappointing, Fluffy, Overrated, Slow

See it if you like cheesy musicals

Don't see it if you're looking for something substantial

47
Disappointing, Overrated

See it if you are a woman

Don't see it if if you are not a woman

40
Fluffy, Disappointing, Banal, One-note

See it if you have been waiting all your life for a fluffy feel-good musical about the Sep 11 tragedy.

Don't see it if you want to see a show with surprises, new insights, or risk.

Also Nearly everything about the show misses the mark. From the unnecessary... Read more Read less

0
Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated, Slow

See it if dont. just don't. I don't understand what all the hype was about. I left 2 songs into act II.

Don't see it if so much hype with this show. But it is terrible staged and sung.

4
Simplistic, Too busy, Crass, Long-winded libretto, Hated it

See it if you want to see a simplistic comedy about tragedy. It is supposed to be heart warming, but my heart felt cold and even pissed off!

Don't see it if you have more sense than I did. Remember, this musical is about the worst tragedy in American history. And it is not well done!

32
Disappointing, Overrated, Excruciating, Insipid

See it if your idea of a good time is watching people having fun while you know that 3000 people were being murdered in America.

Don't see it if you find watching people having fun while you know that 3000 people were being murdered in America offensive.

49
Cliched, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if You like a happy and uplifting show and you don't particularly care about the quality of the writing.

Don't see it if You like your musicals well-written.

Also I was incredibly excited to see this show. I had heard raves about how... Read more Read less

48
Slow, Overrated, Great singing, Delightful, Cliched

See it if You don’t like intermission or laugh at anything

Don't see it if You don’t want to relive 9/11 or care for cheesy musicals

Also Personally, I don’t want to go there. I was there so why pay money to ... Read more Read less

48
Disappointing, Overrated, Slow, Monotonous

See it if like 9-11 themed musicals.

Don't see it if you like a score that actually is engaging and has songs you can remember.

10
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Insipid, Overrated

See it if ...you like shows that turn monstrous world events into song fests that make "The Voice" look like Wagner's Ring cycle.

Don't see it if ...you were thinking "Well, this is an odd idea for a show. I wonder if it's the next 'Cabaret' or 'Fiddler'" because it's not...

25
Cliched, Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent, Ambitious

See it if you want to see an incredible story

Don't see it if you want thought-provoking theater

32
Excruciating, Overrated, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

See it if you want a safe night of musical theater.

Don't see it if you want challenging or inventive art.

37
Bad, Corny, Fluffy, Insipid

See it if you are okay paying to watch a glorified community theater production of a bad show that will make you "feel good."

Don't see it if you like actual theater.

1
Excruciating, Fluffy, Overrated, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You like musicals that are poorly written and have no real character development

Don't see it if You enjoy coming away from a broadway show feeling blown away by the writing and musical performances. This show was awful.

31
Disappointing, Overrated, Indulgent, Excruciating, Cliched

See it if You don't mind AWFUL exposition posing as songs... and every emotion telegraphed to you without one feeling authentic.

Don't see it if You have a love of REAL musical theater... with thoughtful lyrics and melodies that move the plot forward.

37
Disappointing, Banal, Insipid, Overrated

See it if your idea of a musical is one song after another that sounds "What Shall We Do with a Drunken Sailor?"

Don't see it if you like memorable melodies, interesting lyrics or real drama.

32
Disappointing, Fluffy, Overrated

See it if you want a quick show about people doing good in the face of tragic events

Don't see it if you want a show that dives deep into how the tragic events of 9/11 impacted people of ALL backgrounds, and not quick acknowledgements

9
Slow, Disappointing

See it if You have no taste

Don't see it if You have taste

48
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Fluffy, Overrated

See it if you want to kill a few hours in Times Square and don't mind napping in a theatre

Don't see it if you want a good musical with an engaging plot and memorable score

5
Confusing, Disappointing, Dizzying

See it if you like loud noise and blinding lights

Don't see it if you expect good music

19
A really dull "up with people" kind of show

See it if You want to be told how nice people are in Canada...over and over again with some really dull music.

Don't see it if You have any respect for the Broadway Musical. I don't get the suceess of this one.

During previews
44
Cliched, Quirky, Overrated, Insipid, Indulgent

See it if you like a bluegrass tinge to your musicals, you like shows about ordinary people, and you are charmed by "dad jokes" and earnestness.

Don't see it if you will be bothered by gross stereotypes, a poorly written book, Irish accents instead of Canadian, and no depth given to any characters.

During previews
24
Banal, Excruciating, Insipid, Cliched, Dated

See it if Accents! Mime! Overmiking! It'story theatre! Without the story! Lyrics: "You're THHHERRRE AND I''M HEERRRE!! or "28 HOURS, MORE THAN A DAY!"

Don't see it if 28 hours -that's how long it felt. It's telling that a singing of a few measures of "My Heart Will Go On" was the most exciting music heard.

Also I am, I realize in a minority here. People leaving the theater loved i... Read more Read less


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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