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
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Avg Score

100
Absorbing, Clever, Great singing, Great writing, Funny

See it if you want to experience a heart-lifting, life-affirming show that will leave you in tears while you rock to the beat.

Don't see it if nope, there isn't anyone that shouldn't see this phenomenon.

Also The show is even more powerful knowing that the story and characters a... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Great staging, Great singing, Profound, Relevant

See it if See a well-crafted, thought proving, well performed musical.

Don't see it if The topic is too hard to take for some still.

84
Superb cast, Energetic, Informative, Wonderful singing, Simple but clever staging

See it if 9/11 is part of your history, you were touched no matter how distantly, you are not aware of how other countries shared our story and help

Don't see it if You are still too traumatized by 9/11, you do not like musicals you feel a real Bway musical must have whistles like a state fair

69
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.

100
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you love a GREAT story!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Don't see it if you don't have a heart or a love of humanity.

100
Absorbing, Uplifting, Restores faith in humanity, Leaves you smiling, Must see

See it if EVERYONE should see this show. I could not stop smiling after seeing this production. There is something in it for everyone.

Don't see it if I have heard as an argument for not seeing it that it makes light of 9/11, but it doesn't. It celebrates the humanity that resulted from it.

Also Quite simply, one of the best musicals I have ever seen. Simple in its... Read more Read less

100
Enchanting, Great writing, Masterful, Must see, Resonant

See it if You can. Believe the hype, this show is as profoundly beautiful as everyone says. Especially in times like these, it's cathartic to watch.

Don't see it if You get triggered by 9/11. Otherwise, go see it.

95
Delightful, Great singing, Must see, Funny, Resonant

See it if you enjoy powerful, intensely emotional, energetic musicals re lrecent events and experiences, and Irish/Cornish music. Bring box of tissues

Don't see it if you cannot tolerant vivid reminder of 9/11, stories of mingling of diverse peoples or Irish/Cornish music or loud musicals, strong language.

91
Absorbing, Heartfelt, Thought-provoking, Excellent, talented cast, Must see

See it if enjoy original musicals or stories based on a true, historical event.

Don't see it if I think everyone should see it, even those who were affected closely by that horrific day (9/11/2001)

93
Resonant, Absorbing, Intelligent

See it if Anyone who needs healing, or at least a triptych to another place.

Don't see it if Lacking a heart

90
Absorbing, Masterful, Resonant, Great acting, Poignant

See it if up for an epic story about thousands of souls, distilled very effectively; you need evidence that humanity prevails & is worth striving for

Don't see it if you'd struggle tracking multiple characters inhabited by only 12 actors; looking for a straight musical—music feels incidental, story is key

80
Enchanting, Absorbing, Relevant, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy podcasts such as This American Life, Radiolab, et al. Enjoy folk music. Want to see a show that is contemplative.

Don't see it if Only enjoy more legit theatre score. Want to see something with choreography. You just want something "light." If 911 is a trigger.

Also I very much enjoyed the show, though my (rush) seats were very obstruc... Read more Read less

75
Optimistic, Thought-provoking, Sanitized, Entertaining

See it if you can see this play as a beam of hope for humanity, and as entertainment and separate it from the broader scope of 9/11 & its sequelae

Don't see it if you were, and continue to be uneasily cognizant of the events of 9/11; have PTSD triggered by personal connection to that day.

Also I am grateful to the people on whom this show was based, but as a nati... Read more Read less

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, Must see

See it if you want to be totally enchanted and very much moved

Don't see it if you have a heart of stone

88
Refreshing

See it if Small town folks take in stranded passengers with open arms and open hearts rather than cower to fear and hate.

Don't see it if 9/11 is triggering. Don't like folksy Canadians.

Also Ticket from in-person rush for $38.

89
Delightful, Thought-provoking, Surprising

See it if you are interested in a new work that explores an under-told story of 9/11. It could have been cliche, but they managed to pull it off.

Don't see it if You dont like actors playing multiple roles. Or if you do not want to see a 9/11 story.

93
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great singing, Must see, Profound

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

90
Entertaining, Great staging, Relevant, Delightful, Timely

See it if You want or need to be reminded that strength comes from diversity and kindness.

Don't see it if You are a misanthrope.

89
Absorbing, Hilarious, Masterful, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if Best ensemble on Bway evokes laughs and tears in this moving and foot-stomping musical with an overabundance of empathetic heart

Don't see it if highly functional songs are not particularly memorable save for the Jenn Colella showstopper

93
Absorbing, Great singing, Resonant, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if you like jubilant, original musicals with stellar ensembles that both satisfy the traditional musical itch and play with the form a bit.

Don't see it if you're going to have a problem with the treatment of the subject matter (It's about resilience in the face of tragedy, not tragedy itself)

50
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.

80
Heartwarming, Pleasant, Enjoyable, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy People-magazine type "heartwarmers" about communities welcoming outsiders. Nothing gets below the surface but it's enjoyable

Don't see it if You're looking for a tonally-varied look at 9/11 impacts, diversity messages, emotionally-complex events. Light-hearted and heavy-handed.

100
Must see, Exhilarating, Great singing, Heartwarming, Touching

See it if You enjoy marvelous music with wonderful stories. You want to see something uplifting.

Don't see it if You just don't like musicals no matter what. You find reminders of 9/11 too painful. You are confused by actors playing multiple roles.

84
Must see, Great singing, Entertaining, Clever, Delightful

See it if You want a history of 911 and human kindness. How tragedy brings people together.

Don't see it if You do not like musicals about real life tragedies. Otherwise a must see

93
Relevant, Entertaining, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if This true story is moving, but as with real life funny, sad, and complicated. Actors take several roles and yet it feels seamless.

Don't see it if You don't believe that the tragedy of 9/11 happened.


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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