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Toronto: “Come From Away” celebrates the start of its third year on Broadway and its journey around the world
Monday, February 18, 2019
THE TONY AWARD-WINNING MUSICAL COME FROM AWAY CELEBRATES FEBRUARY 18, ALL AROUND THE WORLD!
BROADWAY – February 18, 2017, COME FROM AWAY began performances on Broadway, and is beginning its 3rd year at Broadway’s Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre
TORONTO – February 18, 2018, COME FROM AWAY opened at Toronto’s Royal Alexandra Theatre, and the production is starting its second year now at Toronto’s Elgin Theatre.
FIRST NATIONAL TOUR – February 18, 2019, COME FROM AWAY travels from Costa Mesa, where the tour just played its 150th performance, to Las Vegas, the 8th stop on the tour. Just nominated for 4 LA Drama Critics Circle nominations.
LONDON – February 18, 2019, COME FROM AWAY opens at London’s Phoenix Theatre.
MELBOURNE – February 18, 2019, marks 18.5 weeks until the first Australian preview performance of COME FROM AWAY. The Tony Award-winning musical opens July 20, 2019.
-WINNER! BEST MUSICAL ACROSS NORTH AMERICA-
TONY AWARD WINNER FOR BEST DIRECTION OF A MUSICAL
WINNER OF 5 OUTER CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDS (NYC) INCLUDING
Outstanding New Broadway Musical
WINNER OF 3 DRAMA DESK AWARDS (NYC) INCLUDING
WINNER OF 4 HELEN HAYES AWARDS (D.C.) INCLUDING
Outstanding Production of a Musical
WINNER OF 4 GYPSY ROSE LEE AWARDS (SEATTLE) INCLUDING
Excellence in Production of a Musical
WINNER OF 6 SAN DIEGO CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDS INCLUDING
Outstanding New Musical
WINNER OF 3 TORONTO THEATRE CRITICS AWARDS INCLUDING
Best New Musical
WINNER OF 3 DORA AWARDS (TORONTO) INCLUDING
Outstanding Musical Production
Outstanding New Musical/Opera
WINNER OF 2017 JON KAPLAN AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD (TORONTO)
COME FROM AWAY features a book, music and lyrics by Grammy and two-time Tony Award nominees and Outer Critics Circle Award and Drama Desk Award winners Irene Sankoff & David Hein, direction by Tony Award winner and Outer Critics Circle Award winner Christopher Ashley, musical staging by two-time Tony Award nominee Kelly Devine, and music supervision by Grammy Award nominee Ian Eisendrath.
COME FROM AWAY features scenic design by Tony Award winner Beowulf Boritt, costume design by Tony Award nominee Toni-Leslie James, lighting design by two-time Tony Award winner Howell Binkley, sound design by Tony Award nominee and Outer Critics Circle Award winner Gareth Owen, orchestrations by Grammy and two-time Tony Award nominee August Eriksmoen, and music arrangements by Grammy Award nominee Ian Eisendrath.
COME FROM AWAY tells the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships.
On September 11, 2001 the world stopped. On September 12, their stories moved us all.
The Tony Award-winning musical COME FROM AWAY is now in its third smash hit year on Broadway! COME FROM AWAY began performances on February 18, 2017 and officially opened to critical acclaim on March 12, 2017 at Broadway’s Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (236 West 45th Street), where the show continues to play to standing-room-only audiences.
The Tony Award-winning musical launched a second company in Canada in January 2018 with a sold out four-week engagement in Winnipeg and is currently playing to standing-room-only audiences in Toronto at the Royal Alexandra Theatre. Due to the extraordinary demand for tickets, COME FROM AWAY transferred to the Elgin Theatre where the production is in its second year.
A third company of COME FROM AWAY launched a North American Tour across the United States and Canada at Seattle’s 5thAvenue Theatre in October 2018. The tour was just nominated for four LA Drama Critics Circle Awards, including Best Production, Best Ensemble Performance, Best Musical Score and Best Music Direction.
A fourth production of COME FROM AWAY will make its long-awaited UK premiere at the Phoenix Theatre officially opening on February 18, 2019. Prior to the West End, this heart-warming musical had a limited engagement at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin from December 6, 2018 to January 19, 2019. For more information visit comefromawaylondon.co.uk.
A fifth production of COME FROM AWAY will make its exclusive Australian premiere at the Comedy Theatre in Melbourne in July 2019. For news, ticket sales updates and to join the waitlist visit comefromaway.com.au.
The Grammy Award-nominated original Broadway cast recording of COME FROM AWAY is available digitally and in stores everywhere. Grammy Award winner David Lai, and Grammy Award nominees Ian Eisendrath, August Eriksmoen, Irene Sankoff and David Hein served as album producers. COME FROM AWAY is the first cast recording released by The Musical Company. For more information visit TheMusicalCompany.com.
HBO Canada presented the world television premiere of “YOU ARE HERE: A COME FROM AWAY STORY” on the 17thanniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Tuesday, September 11, at 9 pm (EST). The poignant new 84-minute Bell Media Original Documentary tells the story of how a small community in Gander, Newfoundland welcomed more than 6,500 ‘Come From Aways’ on September 11, 2001. Following its broadcast premiere, the documentary will also join CraveTV in 2019.
Here is what the critics say about COME FROM AWAY:
CRITICS PICK! “THE CATHARSIS WE NEED IN THIS AMERICAN MOMENT. A gale of good will blows out of this smart, robust show. Even the most stalwart cynics may have trouble staying dry-eyed during this portrait of heroic hospitality under extraordinary pressure.”
– Ben Brantley, New York Times
“THIS STORY TOUCHED THE WORLD AND CELEBRATES THE BEST THAT WE CAN ALL BE. It speaks to what people really feel in their hearts. I’ve seen COME FROM AWAY twice and I’m still very moved by it. We need it, especially right now.”
– Tom Brokaw, NBC News
“A Mighty Musical that reminds us of the power of human goodness!”
– Charles McNulty, LA Times
“THIS IS THE SHOW WE ALL NEED RIGHT NOW!”
– Nick Curtis, Sunday Times
“EVERY NEW YORKER MUST SEE THIS SHOW. This timeless and emotionally fulfilling musical by Irene Sankoff and David Hein is a celebration of hope and optimism.”
– Johnny Oleksinski, New York Post
“AN EFFERVESCENT MUSICAL ANTIDOTE FOR WHAT AILS THE AMERICAN SOUL.”
– Peter Marks, Washington Post
"A PHENOM ON BROADWAY AND ABROAD! OPENHEARTED AND EXHILARATING."
- Misha Berson, The Seattle Times
“IT DOES WHAT ALL THE BEST MUSICALS DO: IT TAKES YOU TO A PLACE WHERE YOU DIDN’T KNOW YOU WANTED TO GO, AND MAKES YOU NOT WANT TO LEAVE. A funny, charming and uplifting celebration. One of the best ensemble pieces in years!”
– Joe Westerfeld, Newsweek
Please visit: www.ComeFromAway.com