Open run | 1h 40m | Midtown W

Come From Away (NYC)

From 3,944 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 (3944)

MEMBERS SAY:

Absorbing, Entertaining, Must see, Clever, Great staging
92
Avg Score

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

93
Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if You appreciate a really good musical great acting and aren’t shy about using LOTS of tissues. 100 minutes with a bittersweet punch

Don't see it if 9/11 triggers you or you want an elaborate broadway set. This is about content and the generosity of humanity

95
Great singing, Great staging, Intense, Profound, Ambitious

See it if you want to watch a new musical with a concise, interesting story that portrays a powerful sense of community.

Don't see it if the events of 9/11 make you uneasy, even if discussed rather than displayed.

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.

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

96
Exquisite, Great acting, Great staging, Must see, Profound

See it if you want to see a beautifully staged, beautifully acted, very moving and extremely entertaining production. It is really wonderful. I wept.

Don't see it if I can't think of any reason not to see it. I saw a review headline that said it tries to do too much. Totally disagree. It is brilliant.

88
Resonant

See it if you need a fun, moving, feel-good, life-affirming time.

Don't see it if you cannot stand narration.

94
Profound, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you want to see a powerful story of people coming together during a time of chaos and tragedy.

Don't see it if you want a more traditional story with a single protagonist; this is a show with 12 actors playing multiple characters.

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)

85
Entertaining, Delightful, Feel-good, Informative

See it if Heart-warming story of people caring for people in the midst of tragedy. Uplifting and humorous, a delight. Wonderful ensemble effort.

Don't see it if You don't like Canadians, good Samaritans or portrayals of real events.

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85
Absorbing, Clever, Great staging, Must see

See it if you like an ensemble piece, Celtic music. heart warming stories

Don't see it if reliving the events of 9/11 is too painful

92
Absorbing, Funny, Great staging, Profound, Must see

See it if musicals about our common humanity and better selves move you. This show "shouldn't work" but does BRILLIANTLY! Superb staging and cast.

Don't see it if the subject hits too close to home. Then again it might help heal your pain.

96
Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Must see, Resonant

See it if you want to be moved by a touching story about humanity and the helpful spirit of average people.

Don't see it if you don't want to hear anything more about 9/11 (even some possible good things)

80
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Refreshing, Intelligent

See it if You like clever staging, catchy tunes, and an intriguing story.

Don't see it if You need elaborate stage sets, want a lot of dancing.

95
Masterful, Must see, Great staging, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if I postponed seeing this show,and am so glad i finally saw it! Sad events, heartwarming story...must see.

Don't see it if If you don't want to be reminded of 9/11/01. Totally different perspective of what other people went through at this time.

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.

92
Delightful, Great staging, Resonant, Must see, Original

See it if You want a heartwarming meaningful tale of how people helped each other get through the difficulties of displacement & 9-11

Don't see it if You only like a traditional musical. The material is treated so well everyone should see it. I especially liked the female pilot narrative

84
Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Refreshing

See it if You like human interest stories that elevate your understanding of goodness and loving your neighbors.

Don't see it if You don't like musicals and don't care to see a show that demonstrates selflessness.

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.

88
Great acting, Great writing, Resonant, Entertaining, Heartwarming

See it if you want to witness a heartwarming human story of unconditional caring & kindness. Love shown to strangers in time of need was incredible.

Don't see it if you’re disturbed by any reminders of 9/11 although this story rises above the tragedy & focuses on humanity and goodness.

95
Great singing, Entertaining, Must see, Great staging, Restores your faith in humanity!

See it if The whole Trump thing has you down in the dumps; this wonderful show will cheer you back up.

Don't see it if I cannot think of a single reason why anyone should avoid this show.

92
Heartwarming, Unusual musical, Healing

See it if Even if you lived through 9/11 & think you won't like it. You will. Plenty of tragedy, & kindness towards clueless grounded travelers.

Don't see it if you would dislike composites of hundreds of stories or want a straight play about 9/11. This one is healing & surprisingly upbeat, folks.

95
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great staging, Hilarious, Resonant

See it if you want an uplifting story that gives you faith in humanity. It's exactly the story we need right now.

Don't see it if I can't think of a reason. I recommend everyone see this. It's so well done. Well directed, intricately staged.

85
Delightful, Great singing, Heartwarming

See it if You like a heartwarming intelligent show

Don't see it if The tragedy of 9/11 disturbs you

100
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Relevant, Must see

See it if You want to know that caring, wonderful people exist when horrible events happen. Cast was fabulously entertaining. Lyrics spot on.

Don't see it if If you don't like musicals

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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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