About Come From Away
11 years after the tragedies taking place on September 11th, 2001, Irene Sankoff and David Hein created a musical in remembrance of Operation Yellow Ribbon. Since production, Come From Away has broken records at countless theatres across Canada and the United States. The show is received by audiences and critics as a reminder of the capacity for human kindness, even in the darkest of times. It represents a true triumph of humanity over hate.
The show was first conceived by a Toronto lawyer, Michael Rubinoff. Sankoff and Hein were attracted to the idea and produced a 45-minute workshop version for the Sheridan College Music Theatre Performance Program in 2012. A professional production of the show didn’t come about until 2015, when La Jolla Playhouse and Seattle Repertory Theatre collaborated on it. The play had extended runs at both locations and broke all box office records at Seattle Repertory Theatre.
The show would go on to play at Ford’s Theatre in Washington DC in 2017 and at the Royal Alexandra Theatre going into 2017. The Toronto production sold out its entire run in the second week of performances. On March 12, 2017 the production officially opened on Broadway at Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. 3 days later, the performance was attended by Prime minister Justin Trudeau, current and former Canadian federal politicians, US Ambassador Nikki Haley, and Ivanka Trump.
Operation Yellow Ribbon
The week following the September 11 attacks on the United States, Operation Yellow Ribbon was commenced by Canada to handle the diversion of airline flights. The goal was to remove potentially destructive air traffic in the United States and land the aircrafts in military and civilian airports in Nova Scotia and Labrador. Canada played host to 38 airliners, totaling 6,122 passengers and 473 crew members. It was the first time that Canadian airspace was cancelled.
Critics had nothing but love for Come From Away. Hay Irwin of Broadway World stated that the production was “emotionally transcendent”. Chief theatre critic for The New York Times, Ben Brantley, awarded the show the Critics’ Pick designation. Robert Kahn from NBC called Come From Away a “dignified, often funny new musical that finds a spiritual angle to a horrific story”.
Come From Away Tickets
For anyone residing in Canada and the United States, it will be difficult to stay dry-eyed watching this show. Hope, loneliness, fear, and love- come experience it all at the next Come From Away live performance! Tickets are on sale right now at ScoreBig!