The remarkable true story of the an unusual happening and the events during and immediately after September 11th 2001. On a tiny island just off the coastline of Canada known as “the Rock,” the people of Gander, Newfoundland found themselves hosts to almost 7000 new guests! Almost doubling the towns population, the locals had to find a way to accommodate all these “come from aways.” Orpheum Theatre Minneapolis presents this Best Musical Award-Winning show. You do not want to miss out on your chance to watch this astounding show, buy your tickets now! Come and watch as this extraordinary town takes on a monumental task and how the make do attitude of the islanders integrates all these misplaced people and leaves them all changed forever.
“It takes you to a place you never want to leave!”
“A hit and a masterpiece! Joyous, uplifting and plenty of hummer”
“A totally soul-feeling wonderful musical”
“Beautifully gives people reason to come to the theatre again”
9.26am on September 11th 2001, the Federal Aviation Authority makes the unprecedented decision to ground all flights in United States airspace. Over 4000 flights are forced to land at the nearest airport, All Europe to American flights that hadn’t reached America are diverted to Canada, the closest airport… Gander International Airport, Newfoundland. By 12.00pm Gander airstrip is informed that eighteen flights will be arriving and the passengers must stay on board. Now 12.15 and additional thirteen flights land at Gander bringing the total to thirty-one. Finally by 4.30pm and a total of thirty-eight planes have now landed, bringing 6579 passengers and crew with them. At 5.17pm, Gander authorities make the decision that the passengers and crew cannot remain on the airplanes any longer. It has been over five hours for some of the passengers, who have all had to remain inside the aircraft on the runway. Once de-planed the “Come From Aways” are driven to Salvation Army centers, churches, schools and community centers in Gander. This, Ladies and gentlemen is the start of our story, come and meet the extraordinary people of Gander and their unusual story. Here the passengers and crew remain, in the homes and lodges of the locals of Gander and surrounding towns of towns Glenwood, Lewisporte, Appleton, Gambo, and Norris Arm all of Newfoundland until the 13th of September when the ban is lifted and flight once again take to the sky, because of the amount of people and planes, some are still here until 6.20pm on the 16th of September!
The Tony award winning Come From Away is a Best Musical winner all across North America! Don’t miss this breathtaking new musical written by Tony nominees Irene Sankoff and David Hein, and helmed by Tony-winning Best Director, Christopher Ashley. With Jenn Colella winning a Drama Desk Award for her portrayal of Captain Beverley Bass. The creators Irene Sankoff and David Hein had to take 16 000 stories over 5 days and condense it down to a 100-minute musical using just 12 actors, all of the characters are based off the real people who lived these extraordinary events. Come From Away has traveled across North America with four pre-Broadway runs, including La Jolla Playhouse, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Ford’s Theatre and Mirvish Productions. In late October 2016, Come From Away traveled to Newfoundland and Labrador to perform two benefit concerts in Gander. 100% of ticket sales went to local Newfoundland charities that supported the affected communities.
Captain Douglas Fraser made the first landing at “Newfoundland Airport” now known as Gander International Airport on January 11, 1938. With the onset of WWII, as many as 12,000 British, Canadian and American servicemen lived in crowded barracks beside and between the runways. Gander became a strategic post for the Royal Air Force Ferry command. After the war, efforts were made to move residents a safer distance away from the runways. Construction began in the 1950s on the current town site. During the post-war/Cold War era, Gander emerged as the hub of commercial transatlantic aviation, gaining the name the “Crossroads of the World.” As a result of its international heritage, Gander’s residents include individuals and families from countries on five different continents. The community treats non-Newfoundlanders (known to Newfoundlanders as “come from aways”) as family. Visit Gander, and you might find yourself involved in a screech-in ceremony. During this initiation to Newfoundland, outsiders take a shot of screech (Newfoundland rum), perform a short recitation, and kiss a codfish.
Come From Away Reviews
“COME FROM AWAY, the inspiring, funny and kick-ass beautiful new musical serving as the Broadway debut for the married team of Irene Sankoff and David Hein, who co-authored the book and score, takes a true story that began on September 11th, 2001, and tells it in an exhilarating fashion that celebrates decency and human kindness. The helpers of Come From Away were not in a position to risk their lives on that tragic day, but they were given the opportunity to open their hearts and, as dramatized on the Schoenfeld stage, they gloriously did so…”
– Michael Dale, Broadway World.
“Imagine a musical, based on a true story, that celebrates kindness and charity toward distressed foreigners. At a moment in history when certain politicians are telling us to fear and reject immigrants, we’re shown ordinary people who act spontaneously out of a concern for others. Come from Away, doesn’t have an ironic or cynical bone in its body. It’s a celebration of the best human instincts, and, particularly coming at this time, doesn’t seem at all hokey. It’s cheering and refreshing.”
– Robert Feldberg, The Record.