Come from Away (London) London Reviews and Tickets
Absorbing, Great singing, Entertaining, Clever, Thought-provoking
About the Show
Olivier Award-winning show inspired by the true events which took place following the 9/11 attacks.
Set in the week following the September 11 2001 attacks, 'Come From Away' is inspired by the real-life experiences of the airline passengers who were unexpectedly diverted to the isolated town of Gander. An uplifting musical which celebrates community, kindness and humanity. Tony Award winner and 2019 Olivier Award winner for Best New Musical.
It's a show with an impact that’s difficult to describe: it feels like it creeps up on you unawares, before flooring you with emotion. I was just overwhelmed - and judging by the cheers and tears on the opening night, most of the audience seemed to be, too.
At the same time, much as I consider its hour and 40-minute non-stop evocation of that sleepless and rather surreal episode informative, inspiring and even stirring too, there’s a glossiness about it that smooths over the upset of that era-defining world event.
"It is musically vigorous and excellently staged but...I found something bludgeoning about its relentless celebration of civic virtue...The songs, which have a folk-rock feel, are good and Christopher Ashley’s direction and Kelly Devine’s musical staging ingeniously use rearranged chairs to evoke both a suffocating plane cabin and the diverse spaces opened to the visitors...The show could hardly be better done even if, as a work of art, I found it lacking in complexity and argument."
...the songs, mostly choral and propulsive, have a crowd-pleasing warmth as well as a Celtic accent...For all its craft, there are moments when Come From Away feels like an advertisement for Canadian decency and its capacity to improve the lives of malcontent Americans.
"It’s all totally, soul-feedingly wonderful...It feels so organic that you almost don’t notice how carefully it’s been crafted. Individual stories are woven through rousing, foot-stomping, all-company choruses. Actors swap between playing locals and incomers with a fluidity that shows it’s just chance separating the two...It’s seductive in its resolute unsexiness, and its gentle uncynical warmth spills off the stage, extending a hug to an audience that wouldn’t dream of turning it away."