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It’s a Month Away…the Return of “Come From Away” To Seattle

Jenn Colella, left, as Captain Beverley and the company of "Come From Away" the new musical at Seattle Repertory Theatre. Photo by Chris Bennion.

Jenn Colella, left, as Captain Beverley and the company of “Come From Away” from the Seattle Rep production. Photo by Chris Bennion.

Despite the fact it’s been called “the 9/11 musical” as both praise and criticism, the Tony Award winning Broadway musical COME FROM AWAY isn’t really about the tragedy of that awful day. It’s about lives directly affected by it, as dozens of planes and thousands of people were forced to land in Gander, Newfoundland in Canada after all air traffic was shut down. It’s about communities coming together to support one another in times of great crisis. 

Now, the hit musical with Seattle roots (developed at the 5th Avenue and performed at Seattle Rep as the second full production on its continental journey to Broadway) is coming home for a month long at the 5th Avenue Theatre.

I had strong reservations about this show when I first heard about it, but it’s thoughtful and beautiful production won me over at its Seattle Rep production. You’re strongly encouraged to check out this joyful show.

“BEST WINNER” Musical Come From AwayWelcomes You to the Rock!
Check out the video of the Broadway cast performing the opening song! Come From Away plays October 9 – November 4

It is not for nothing that Newfoundland is known as “the Rock.” Over 6,200 miles of jagged rock walls, formed millions of years ago by continental collision, volcanoes, and ice sheets, rise out of the North Atlantic along its coastline. For centuries the citizens of Newfoundland have survived brutal storms and epic winters by taking care of each other. So on 9/11, as thousands of airline passengers were stranded when the United States air space closed suddenly, the Newfoundlanders of Gander opened their arms and their homes and did the one thing they knew how to do: they took care of them.

With a diverse and talented handful of performers onstage, this New York Times Critics’ Pick takes you into the heart of 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.

NBC’s Tom Brokaw raved “This story touched the world and celebrates the best that we can be. We need it, especially right now.” The Daily Beast called it “a celebration of the best of humankind, and an uplifting piece of art for our times.”

Every musical tells a story. There is nothing that compares to the unbelievable true story behind the musical Come From Away, one of the most intimate and moving musicals today. Join us as The 5th Avenue Theatre kicks off the first North American tour of this international hit.

Be the first to see the show when it opens in Seattle! Limited tickets are still available for our first week of performances, but they won’t last long! Click here for a list of our early performances—buy now and have bragging rights later!
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