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Toronto: Tickets for “Come From Away” in Toronto on sale starting November 10
Tuesday, November 2, 2021
After illuminating an otherwise dark and empty space for 643 days, the 114-year-old ghost light on the stage of Toronto’s Royal Alexandra Theatre will finally be turned off and taken back into its storage place. This age-old ritual will mark the reopening of both the Royal Alexandra and performances of Canada’s most successful musical of all time, Come From Away.
Performances of Come From Away will resume on December 15. Tickets will go on sale on November 10 at www.mirvish.com or by phone at 1-800-461-3333.
“It’s a moment we’ve long been waiting for,” said David Mirvish. “We’ve never experienced a time such as this before, and it brought great uncertaintcome y. Many of us feared that activities such as theatre performances, which are as much about community as they are about sharing stories, could very well have been lost to us forever.
"It is both with a heavy heart for all the suffering this pandemic has caused and a sense of immense hope for the future that we welcome back artists, technicians, staff and audiences to celebrate with us the reopening of the Royal Alexandra.
“It is fitting that the show that will reopen the theatre after such a tumultuous and tragic time is Come From Away. Not only will this Canadian story about overcoming a catastrophic event by coming together as a community offer a communal cathartic experience after all these dark months, but it will do so with exuberance, kindness, understanding and acceptance — something it had done for almost three years before its run was abruptly ended on March 13, 2020.
"In my mind, Come From Away is the perfect show to mark the beginning of the end of this pandemic.
“We welcome everyone back with utmost respect and seriousness in our responsibility to keep everyone in the theatre safe and comfortable."
Come From Away will return with the same brilliant ensemble cast that was on stage in March 2020: Saccha Dennis, Steffi DiDomenicantonio, Barbara Fulton, Lisa Horner, James Kall, Jeff Madden, George Masswohl, Ali Momen, Cory O’Brien, Kristen Peace, Eliza-Jane Scott, Clint Butler, Kate Etienne, Amir Haidar, Lori Nancy Kalamanski, David Silvestri and Cailin Stadnyk. The only exception to this is a new cast member, Kyle Brown, who was in rehearsal at the time to replace Kevin Vidal, who was to leave the cast and move to Vancouver a month later. Kyle will finally get his chance to perform in the roles he was destined to play.
The Come From Away band will also be back. They are Tristan Avakian, Richard Evans, Bob Foster, Greg Hawco, Sean Kilbride, Jonathan Maharaj, Spencer Murray and Kim Ratcliffe.
Come From Away features a book, music and lyrics by Olivier, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award winners and Grammy and two-time Tony Award nominees Irene Sankoff & David Hein, direction by Tony Award winner and Outer Critics Circle Award winner Christopher Ashley, musical staging by Olivier Award winner and two-time Tony Award nominee Kelly Devine, and music supervision by Olivier Award winner and 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 Olivier & Outer Critics Circle Award winner and Tony Award nominee Gareth Owen, orchestrations by Olivier Award winner and Grammy & Tony Award nominee August Eriksmoen, and music arrangements by Olivier Award winner and Grammy Award nominee Ian Eisendrath.
The smash hit Australian production of Come From Away was the first of the five international productions to return to the stage with an engagement in Sydney where it is playing through January 2022. The Olivier Award-winning production of Come From Away reopened on London’s West End on Thursday, July 22, 2021, the Broadway production returned to the Schoenfeld Theatre Tuesday, September 21, 2021, and the North American Tour reopened Tuesday, October 5, 2021, in Memphis.
A “Best Musical” winner all across North America, the smash hit musical has won the Tony Award for “Best Direction of a Musical” (Christopher Ashley), 4 Olivier Awards (London) including “Best New Musical,” 5 Outer Critics Circle Awards (NYC) including “Outstanding New Broadway Musical,” 3 Drama Desk Awards (NYC) including “Outstanding Musical,” 4 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards (North American Tour) including “Best Production,” 4 Helen Hayes Awards (D.C.) including “Outstanding Production of a Musical,” 4 Gypsy Rose Lee Awards (Seattle) including “Excellence in Production of a Musical,” 6 San Diego Critics Circle Awards including “Outstanding New Musical,” 3 Toronto Theatre Critics Awards including “Best New Musical,” 3 Dora Awards (Toronto) including “Outstanding New Musical/Opera” and “Outstanding Production,” and the 2017 Jon Kaplan Audience Choice Award (Toronto).
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 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 The Musical Company.
Apple Original Films’ filmed version of the Tony & Olivier Award-winning hit musical COME FROM AWAY, produced by eOne, Hasbro’s entertainment studio, premiered globally on Apple TV+ on Friday, September 10. COME FROM AWAY, marks the first Broadway show to be streamed by Apple TV+, and is directed by Tony Award-winner Christopher Ashley, who directed the original Broadway production, and stars an ensemble cast led by members of the Broadway show. The live performance of COME FROM AWAY was filmed in New York at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre in May 2021, where the Broadway production is staged, for an audience that included 9/11 survivors and front-line workers; and, employed over 200 people including members of the Broadway crew, staff and creative teams.
Covers From Away, a new folk album featuring songs from the hit Tony and Olivier Award-winning musical COME FROM AWAY reinterpreted by the Newfoundland and Labrador bands and artists who originally inspired the sound of the musical. The album was recorded in summer 2021 in various locations throughout Newfoundland, Canada, and was produced by Irene Sankoff and David Hein, along with Ian Eisendrath, Bob Hallett and Sean Patrick Flahaven. Two songs from the album, “Welcome To The Rock” (performed by The Navigators) and “Screech Out” (performed by The Dardanelles), can both be heard in the end credits of the Apple original film COME FROM AWAY, now streaming globally on Apple TV+.
COME FROM AWAY is produced by Junkyard Dog Productions (Randy Adams, Marleen and Kenny Alhadeff and Sue Frost), Jerry Frankel, Latitude Link, Smith & Brant Theatricals, Steve & Paula Reynolds, David Mirvish, Michael Rubinoff, Alhadeff Productions, Michael Alden & Nancy Nagel Gibbs, Sam Levy, Rodney Rigby, Spencer Ross, Richard Winkler, Yonge Street Theatricals, Sheridan College, Michael & Ellise Coit, Ronald Frankel, Sheri & Les Biller, Richard & Sherry Belkin, Marlene & Gary Cohen, Allan Detsky & Rena Mendelson, Lauren Doll, Barbara H. Freitag, Wendy Gillespie, Laura Little Theatricals, Carl & Jennifer Pasbjerg, Radio Mouse Entertainment, The Shubert Organization, Cynthia Stroum, Tulchin Bartner Productions, Gwen Arment/Molly Morris & Terry McNicholas, Maureen & Joel Benoliel/Marjorie & Ron Danz, Pamela Cooper/Corey Brunish, Demos Bizar/Square 1 Theatrics, Joshua Goodman/Lauren Stevens, Adam Blanshay Productions/Judith Ann Abrams Productions, Bill & Linda Potter/Rosemary & Kenneth Willman, and La Jolla Playhouse and Seattle Repertory Theatre.
COME FROM AWAY was developed at the Canadian Music Theatre Project (Michael Rubinoff Producer, Sheridan College in Oakville, ON), and was further developed at Goodspeed Musicals’ Festival of New Artists, in East Haddam, CT. It was also part of the National Alliance of Musical Theatre’s Festival of New Musicals in New York 2013. The Canada Council for the Arts, The Ontario Arts Council, and the Fifth Avenue Theatre in Seattle, WA, also provided development support.
COVID-19 AUDIENCE SAFETY MEASURES
The Mirvish theatres are now operating at full capacity. We have put in place several measures in accordance with the Province of Ontario’s reopening plan.
Details of what to expect during your visit to the theatre can be found on our website: www.mirvish.com
Regular Performance Schedule:
Tuesday - Saturday at 8:00 PM
Wednesday at 1:30 PM, Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 PM
2021/22 Holiday Performance Schedule
Tuesday December 21: 8:00 PM
Wednesday December 22: 1:30 & 8:00 PM
Thursday December 23: 1:30 & 8:00 PM
Friday December 24: 1:30 PM
Saturday December 25: no performance
Sunday December 26: 2:00 PM & 6:30 PM
Tuesday December 28: 1:30 & 8:00 PM
Wednesday December 29: 1:30 & 8:00 PM
Thursday December 30: 8:00 PM
Friday December 31: 1:30 PM & 8:00 PM
Saturday January 1: no performance
Sunday January 2: 2:00 PM
The Royal Alexandra Theatre, 260 King St. West, Toronto
Available online: www.mirvish.com
By phone: 1-800-461-3333