THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED NEW BROADWAY MUSICAL PREMIERES IN MELBOURNE THIS JULY
“COME FROM NEAR, COME FROM FAR, COME FROM AWAY
– JUST MAKE SURE YOU COME AND SEE THIS SHOW”
– Daily Express
‘““IRRESISTIBLE AND INSPIRING…
I WAS STILL STANDING AND CHEERING ON THE TRAIN HOME”
– The Times
“A MUST-SEE! AN UNFORGETTABLY MOVING AND TOUCHING STORY OF THE POWER OF FRIENDSHIP AND THE HUMAN SPIRIT”
“MOVING, UPLIFTING AND LIFE–AFFIRMING”
– The Stage UK
A global success story, COME FROM AWAY opened on Broadway to rave reviews in 2017 and has continued its record-breaking triumph with a second production in Toronto, a third production touring North America and a West End production that has just been nominated for nine Olivier Awards. COME FROM AWAY opens at Melbourne’s newly refurbished Comedy Theatre on Saturday 20 July.
The ground-breaking new musical is based on the incredible real-life events in the wake of the September 11 tragedy when 38 planes carrying nearly 7,000 people from over
100 countries were redirected to Gander, Newfoundland, almost doubling the population of the remote Canadian town.
Capturing the generosity and hospitality of the small community of Gander who invited the “come from aways” into their homes, it is an inspirational story of hope and humanity.
With book, music and lyrics by David Hein and Irene Sankoff, COME FROM AWAY is directed by Tony Award winner Christopher Ashley, choreographed by Kelly Devine (Rock of Ages, Diana), with music supervision by Ian Eisendrath (A Christmas Story, Diana), scenic design by Beowulf Boritt (Rock of Ages, Be More Chill) costume design by Toni-Leslie James (Jelly’s Last Jam), lighting design by Howell Binkley (Jersey Boys, Hamilton), sound design by Gareth Owen (Diana, A Bronx Tale).
The remarkable true story will be brought to life by a stellar ensemble cast: Nicholas Brown (STC’s The Long Forgotten Dream, Disney India’s Beauty and the Beast) will play Kevin J (and others); Nathan Carter (Kinky Boots, Wicked and Opera Australia’s My Fair Lady) will play Nick (and others); WAAPA graduate Zoe Gertz (Les Miserables, Wicked, and She Loves Me and High Fidelity at Hayes Theatre) will play Beverley (and others); Simon Maiden (The Dressmaker, Romulus, My Father and Jack Irish) will play Oz (and others); fresh from the world premiere of Muriel’s Wedding, Sydney Theatre Award winner Sarah Morrison will play Janice (and others); Richard Piper (Bell Shakespeare’s The War of the Roses, Henry V, MTC’s Born Yesterday, STC’s The Secret River) will play Claude (and others); Emma Powell (Les Miserables, Priscilla – Queen of the Desert) will play Beulah (and others); Helpmann nominee Katrina Retallick (STC’s Wharf Revue and Channel 9’s Love Child) will play Diane (and others); and Green Room nominee Kellie Rode (The Rocky Horror Show, Virgins) will play Bonnie (and others); Chicago based Sharriese Hamilton (Wonderful Town at Goodman Theatre, How To Succeed and Pal Joey at Porchlight Music Theatre, Chicago Fire for NBC, Empire for FOX) will make her Australian debut performance as Hannah (and others); Australian Doug Hansell will return home after five years working in the UK (Titanic at Charing Cross Theatre, Thirty-Three at Leicester Square Theatre, A Doll’s House at Sport of Jove, The Wharf Review at STC) in the role of Kevin T (and others); and native New Yorker Kolby Kindle (North American tours ofThe Book Of Mormon, Beauty And The Beast and Waitress, Chess and Jesus Christ Superstar at Lyric Theatre Oklahoma) will play Bob (and others).
COME FROM AWAY has won numerous awards including the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical (Christopher Ashley), Winner of five Outer Critics Circle Awards (New York) including Outstanding New Broadway Musical. On top of this, the musical has received three Drama Desk Awards (New York) including Outstanding Musical, four Helen Hayes Awards (Washington, D.C) including Outstanding Production of a Musical, four Gypsy Rose Lee Awards (Seattle) including Excellence in Production of a Musical and six San Diego Critics Circle Awards including Outstanding New Musical.
Its February 2019 West End premiere received nine Olivier Nominations, including Best New Musical and Best Director, with winners to be announced in April.
The New York Times theatre critic Ben Brantley wrote, “A gale of good will blows out of this smart, robust musical. Even the most stalwart cynics may have trouble staying dry-eyed during this portrait of heroic hospitality under extraordinary pressure.”
Newsweek said “It does what all the best musicals do: takes you to a place you never want to leave. A funny, charming and uplifting celebration. One of the best ensemble pieces in years!”
Chief Theatre Critic for The Times UK, Dominic Maxwell, said “… it takes all of ten seconds to be in its generous embrace. You stay there for the next 100 minutes: laughing, tapping your foot, wiping away tears, feeling good about humanity… without ever feeling you’re just being sold gloopy musical-theatre good cheer.”
COME FROM AWAY will commence previews from 3 July 2019 and open on Saturday 20 July at the newly refurbished Comedy Theatre in Melbourne.
COME FROM AWAY is produced in Australia by Junkyard Dog Productions and Rodney Rigby.
Tickets on sale now at COMEFROMAWAY.COM.AU