The heartwarming story Come From Away, which has received major success on Broadway, will be coming to London’s West End in 2019! The Tony Award-winning musical will debut at the Phoenix Theatre beginning on January 30th, and it is sure to be a wonderful production. Christopher Ashley, the musical director from the original production, will be reprising his role and bringing his talents to the West End.
Come From Away tells the story of the small town of Gander, Newfoundland. This Canadian community made headlines on September 11th, 2001, when it took in 38 diverted planes from around the world after the infamous attack on New York’s Twin Towers. In a time of international crisis, Gander opened its airstrip and allowed thousands of panicking passengers to seek safety among its establishments and citizens.
The play is a wonderful look at the humanity that can be found within us all, and it does an excellent job of showing the diversity and compassion among characters who did not know each other and likely would never see each other again. Irene Sankoff and David Hein wrote the book, music, and lyrics for the production after visiting the town of Gander on the 10th anniversary of September 11th. What came out of these was a beautiful and empathetic production that has been touching audience members since its debut on Broadway.
The cast for the Phoenix theater is yet to be announced, but tickets are currently on sale here: www.phoenix.londontheatres.co.uk