Reviewed: June 4,2017
Come From Away is playing at the Schoenfeld Theatre located at 236 West 45th Street. It runs one hour forty minutes with no intermission. The show is open ended.
Christopher Ashley is the director. He was nominated for a Tony Award for Memphis (2010) and nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Xanadu (2007).
Kelly Devine is the choreographer. She was nominated for a Tony Award in 2014 for Rocky.
Beowulf Boritt the Scenic designer. He won two Tony Awards for Therese Raquin (2016) and Act One (2014) and was nominated for a Tony Award for The Scottsboro Boys (2011).
This show has been nominated for six 2017 Tony Awards. The nominations are for Best Musical, Best Original Score, Best Book of a Musical (Irene Sankoff and David Hein), Best Feature actress (Jenn Colella), Best Choreography (Kelly Devine) and Best Director of a Musical (Christopher Ashley).
Right after the terrorist’s attack on the World Trade Center in 2001 all planes were not allowed to land in the United States. Thirty eight planes were rerouted to Gander, Newfoundland. Over 7,000 people were stranded. The planes were in the airport for over twenty four hours before the passengers were told what happened and why they were there.
We meet the people in the town. The mayor Claude (Joel Hatch) and Police Sargent Oz (Geno Carr) help the town organize a place for the people on the plane to stay. Among them are Beulah (Astrid Van Wieren) Bonnie (Petrina Bromley) and Nick (Lee MacDougall) who gathers food, blankets, clothing and other personable items.
We met the people on the plane one by one. Beverly (Jean Colella) is the captain of the plane.
As the town gets to know the people they invite them to stay in their homes.
We meet so many people I hate to spoil it for you. One touching scene is Hannah (Q. Smith) who keeps trying to reach her son who is a fireman in New Yok City.
The planes are allowed to come back after five days.
All the actors play several roles. They all do a wonderful job.
This is a very touching, emotional story.
I was reluctant to see it since I live down town and was afraid it would upset me. But I am glad I did. It tells how the event not only effected the people of New York City but all over and how people came together to help one another.
Review by Rozanna Radakovich
Photos by Annazor.
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