'Come From Away' Recoups on Broadway

Matthew Murphy
The Broadway cast of 'Come From Away'

The Tony-winning musical sleeper hit of last season has recovered its $12 million investment in less than eight months.

Come From Away has come from behind to seize its place as one of Broadway's most unlikely recent success stories.

In a remarkable feat for a show by Broadway newcomers, with no marquee names and no pre-established brand awareness — meaning a revival of a popular musical or an adaptation of a hit movie — the Canadian import has recouped its $12 million capitalization in less than eight months. Junkyard Dog Productions announced the milestone Tuesday, adding that a new block of tickets is now on sale through fall 2018.

The musical tells the rousing true story of the tiny community in Newfoundland that opened its doors to 7,000 stranded air travelers whose flights were diverted in the immediate wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. It opened March 12 this year at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre to strong reviews and quickly became a sellout smash as enthusiastic word of mouth spread.

Awareness of the Broadway production was boosted when Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attended soon after opening, with Ivanka Trump among his guests, prompting editorials about the show's message of international solidarity at a time when the Trump presidency had sparked controversy with its immigration ban.

The musical, which features book, music and lyrics by Irene Sankoff and David Hein, has been playing to capacity houses ever since, consistently grossing north of $1 million a week in recent months. Cumulative box office currently stands at $37.9 million.

The production's success is also evidence that a show doesn't necessarily need a major Tony Awards haul to find its audience. Come From Away scored seven Tony nominations this year, but took home only one, for Christopher Ashley's direction. Another hit from the 2016-17 season, Dear Evan Hansen, won best musical, as well as five other Tonys.

Buoyed by its reception on Broadway, Come From Away will launch a North American tour at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre in October 2018. An additional company will play a limited four-week engagement in Winnipeg early next year, before reopening at Toronto's Royal Alexandra Theatre in February.

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