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New York: “Come From Away” to release companion book with forward by Justin Trudeau

Friday, February 8, 2019

A companion book to the Broadway musical Come From Away is set to hit shelves August 13. The illustrated tome, from Hachette Books and Junkyard Dog Productions, will include the first printing of the complete book and lyrics to the show, as well as a foreword from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (a noted fan of the Canadian-born show).

Also featured in the Come From Away: Welcome to the Rock will be never-before-seen cut material, illustrations, close looks at design details, interviews from actors and the people who inspired their characters, and a narrative, penned by theatre historian Laurence Maslon, of the true events depicted in the musical.

Written by Irene Sankoff and David Hein, Come From Away tells the story of the unexpected community that formed when thousands of airline passengers suddenly became stranded in the small Canadian town of Gander, Newfoundland, in the immediate aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks. 

The musical opened on Broadway in 2017 following a world premiere at La Jolla Playhouse and additional engagements in Seattle, Washington, D.C., and Toronto. It has since reopened in Toronto, in addition to launching a national tour, playing Dublin and London's West End, and preparing to open in Australia. Director Christopher Ashley, who won a Tony Award for his work on the show, is also attached to helm a film adaptation.

The book is now available to pre-order:

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Photo: Cover of Come From Away: Welcome to the Rock. @ 2019 Hachette.