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Entertainment One is set to produce and finance a live filming of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Come From Away.
As New York City’s theater district remains dark amid the pandemic, the Broadway cast will reprise their roles in the live capture set for May 2021, ahead of a planned September 2021 release. Come From Away tells the true story of 7,000 passengers stranded after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in a small town in Newfoundland, where they were housed and welcomed.
“Come From Away is a triumphant story about the power of humanity in the face of incredible darkness,” Nick Meyer, eOne’s president, film, said in a statement. The production will shoot in the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre in New York City where the Broadway production of Come From Away is staged.
The COVID-19 crisis shuttered the Broadway production on March 12, 2020, on the eve of the musical’s third anniversary.
eOne acquired the rights to Come From Away in 2017, and the Broadway musical was then set to jump from the stage to the screen as a movie adaptation by The Mark Gordon Company. Irene Sankoff and David Hein, who wrote the book, music and lyrics for the musical, were to pen the feature to be produced by Gordon.
Alchemy Production Group will instead provide stage production and general management. RadicalMedia will film the production of the musical for eOne. Christopher Ashley, who directed the Broadway production, will helm the live filming version.
Sankoff and Hein will serve as executive producers alongside RadicalMedia’s Jon Kamen, Dave Sirulnick and Meredith Bennett. The film will feature musical staging by Kelly Devine and music supervision by Ian Eisendrath, with both key creative being Olivier Award winners.
Jennifer Todd and Bill Condon will produce alongside the original stage play producers, Junkyard Dog Productions, as well as Gordon.
Brittany Hapner will serve as a co-producer.
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