Director – Chris Ashley
Writers – Irene Sankoff & David Hein
Stars – Petrina Bromley, Jenn Colella, De’Lon Grant, Joel Hatch, Tony LePage, Q. Smith, Caesar Samayoa, Astrid Van Wieren, Emily Walton, Jim Walton, Sharon Wheatley, Paul Whitty,
SYNOPSIS: “Come From Away” tells the story of 7,000 people stranded in the small town of Gander, Newfoundland after all flights into the US are grounded on September 11, 2001. As the people of Newfoundland graciously welcome the “come from aways” into their community in the aftermath, the passengers and locals alike process what’s happened while finding love, laughter, and new hope in the unlikely and lasting bonds that they forge.
The live performance of “Come From Away” was filmed at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre this past May in New York City, where the Broadway production is staged, for an audience that included 9/11 survivors and front-line workers; and, employed over 200 people including members of the Broadway crew, staff and creative teams.
I watched Come From Away and was blown away by the beautiful story that Irene Sankoff and David Hein told. I knew nothing about these individuals from Gander, Newfoundland, going into this and I walked away needing to learn more and more.
It is a story of hope, love, compassion, and, more importantly, resilience. We see each of these actors play so many different parts throughout the movie/play that deliver us what it was like during that insane time of the world.
One of the other things that blew me away was the balance in the laughs/heart mixed in throughout by the writers/director. You will laugh, you will cry and you will engulf yourself for close to two hours in the lives of these fantastic characters and you won’t regret it.
When I sat down with the director, the writers and parts of the cast, I couldn’t help but ask questions of why this story, what it was like for them to get back on the stage for the first time in 18 months due to COVID and understanding that this play is going to be seen by the entire world.
I highly recommend checking out this beautiful film on Apple TV+ on Friday, September 10. Below you can take a listen to the interview.