Sept. 11 Musical 'Come From Away' Sets Broadway Debut

Chris Bennion
'Come From Away'

The new show follows the 38 planes and 6,579 passengers who suddenly landed in the small town of Gander, Newfoundland, on the day of the attacks, as part of Operation Yellow Ribbon.

Come From Away is coming to Broadway. 

The new musical — based on the diversion of civilian airline flights in response to the Sept. 11 attacks — will begin performances at a Shubert theater to be announced in February 2017, after runs at Washington, D.C.’s Ford’s Theatre (Sept. 2-Oct. 9) and Toronto’s Royal Alexandra Theatre (Nov. 15-Jan. 8), Junkyard Dog Productions announced Thursday.

Come From Away follows the 38 planes and 6,579 passengers who suddenly landed in the small town of Gander, Newfoundland, on the day of the attacks, as part of Operation Yellow Ribbon. The move nearly doubled the population of the town, whose residents housed and cared for the stranded passengers.

Irene Sankoff and David Hein, both Canadians, penned the book, music and lyrics. The show is directed by Tony nominee Christopher Ashley (Memphis) and choreographed by Tony nominee Kelly Devine (Rocky).

Following world premiere engagements at La Jolla Playhouse and Seattle Repertory Theatre, the Broadway production will star Petrina Bromley, Geno Carr, Jenn Colella, Joel Hatch, Rodney Hicks, Kendra Kassebaum, Chad Kimball, Lee MacDougall, Caesar Samayoa, Q. Smith, Astrid Van Wieren and Sharon Wheatley.

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