COME FROM AWAY

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Reviews: 16

Audience

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This New York Times Critics' Pick takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships.

Don't miss this breathtaking new musical written by Tony® nominees Irene Sankoff and David Hein, and helmed by this year's Tony-winning Best Director, Christopher Ashley. Newsweek cheers, It takes you to a place you never want to leave!

On 9/11, the world stopped. On 9/12, their stories moved us all.

Reviews

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"Although Come From Away is set during a time of tragedy for our country, it is basically a warmhearted story in which human goodness and generosity triumph over evil circumstances."

sweet - Marilyn Tower Oliver - Los Feliz Ledger - ...read full review


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"We're in crappy times. But we will get through this together, through the simple act of welcoming the stranger. What better sentiment to be sharing at this time of year. Don't build the walls to drive us apart, but say “Welcome, come in, have some tea, and the whisky is in the cabinet downstairs.” Go see this. You will be uplifted."

sweet - Daniel Faigin - CA Highways - ...read full review


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"“Come From Away” is uplifting and energized. It's a testament to the fact that people are inherently good and may imprint on you the need to trust and be kind to your neighbor."

sweet - Peter Foldy - Hollywood Revealed - ...read full review


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"COME FROM AWAY is an enchanting fairy tale; and, at the same time, a real-life adventure which will charm everyone in the audience. It's almost impossible not to smile as the engaging account progresses. This is a feel-good story which may just prove that people, given half a chance, can handle any crisis with grace and wit."

sweet - Elaine Mura - LA Splash - ...read full review


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"Come From Away, an upbeat, noisy, engagingly choral musical with no “stars,” but an ensemble company of eager and talented performers giving it their all and reminding us that, while human beings can be cruel, many also can be kind, helpful and resourceful. It almost sounds sappy, I know, but Come From Away doesn't care. It delivers what it always intended to deliver, not less and not more, with musicians, actors and singers whose energy is almost always given at 110%. The show is a smoothly synchronized effort without much of a plot, music that is right for the subject matter, relying on that most popular equation of all: a communion of good persons dedicated to delivering good deeds."

sweet - Sylvie Drake - Cultural Weekly - ...read full review


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"Come from Away was first co-produced in 2015 by La Jolla Playhouse, whose artistic director Christopher Ashley directed the show. Ashley, who won a Tony when the musical was done in New York, is still with the show, which is undoubtedly one of the main reasons for its success."

sweet - Willard Manus - Total Theater - ...read full review


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"If you're looking for a feel good holiday show - that's not exactly a holiday show - “Come from Away” might be a perfect night for the family from out of town."

sweet - Anthony Byrnes - KCRW - ...read full review


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"“Come From Away” will have you walking out of the theatre with a warm heart and hope that we as a nation, even in the worst times, can come together to selflessly love thy neighbor no matter what country, religion or gender."

sweet - Jill Weinlein - On Stage Blog - ...read full review


Ellen Dostal
"Writers Irene Sankoff and David Hein capture the spirit of the pragmatic, cheerful townsfolk in both story and score, the former narrated by characters speaking directly to the audience and also recreating the various quick-cut scenes, the latter a jovial blend of folk, Celtic, and upbeat rock themes with straightforward lyrics. Thankfully, there isn't a pretentious bone in this musical's body."

sweet - Ellen Dostal - BroadwayWorld Los Angeles - ...read full review


Tin Pan L.A.
"The musical Come from Away is a love letter to humanity, a reminder that when times are tough you can always count on people to help you weather the storm—especially Canadians. The “9/12” musical by Irene Sankoff and David Hein tells the story of what transpired when 38 planes were ordered to land unexpectedly in the small town of Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada."

sweet - Tin Pan L.A. - ...read full review


Travis Michael Holder
"Beyond the continuous thread of a Gaelic wink and the bareboned though magically evoked quality of a production created by master craftsmen, the true stars of this fresh new musical are the people of Gander, Newfoundland who, in this current age where destructive conmen remain in power and the ugly return of racism is systematically destroying everything so many of us have tried to conquer in our society, prove there are still good, decent people in this big mess of a world of ours who will band together to hold one another's hands in time of crisis and make the pain of strangers easier for them to endure. Just as I was wondering if every ounce of faith in humanity had drained from me into the ugly depths of the daily news reports, "Come from Away" showed up and, thankfully, has helped me breathe a little lighter again."

sweet - Travis Michael Holder - TicketHolders LA - ...read full review


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"You won't hum any of the songs when you're leaving the theater. You will instead hum the human spirit."

sweet - Dany Margolies - Daily News - ...read full review


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"With book, music and lyrics by married couple Irene Sankoff and David Hein — Torontonians themselves — Come from Away truly embodies the spirit of Canada's denizens as I've come to know them: Generous, authentically nice people with little sense of entitlement. Under Christopher Ashley's seamlessly fluid direction on Beowulf Boritt's minimal set, there are many stories crisscrossing each other as 12 adaptable thespians portray dozens of folks — both homebound and dispossessed — with the switch of an accent or a hat (the quick-change costumes are by Toni-Leslie James)."

sweet - Tony Frankel - Stage and Cinema - ...read full review


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"“Come From Away” doesn't need a perfect production to work. The staging at the Ahmanson, good enough to get the job done, more than satisfies the hunger for uplifting goodness that has made this musical such a runaway hit."

sweet - Charles McNulty - LA Times - ...read full review


Erin Conley
"Come From Away is that rare show that strikes a chord and reminds us of the power of theater to move and transform. There is just something so special about both the story and the raw, organic way in which it is told. The expertly crafted 90 minutes practically fly by, the emotional impact sneaking up on the viewer until you cannot remember precisely when you started to cry. This musical does not need flash; it does not need huge production numbers or sparkly costumes. It has something much more important—it genuinely captures the power of the human spirit in times of crisis, reminding us all that even when it may seem like the world is ending, somewhere in a tiny town no one has heard of people are performing selfless acts that will affect generations to come."

sweet - Erin Conley - On Stage and Screen - ...read full review


Rob Stevens
"The writing is exemplary and Christopher Ashley has done a superb job of directing...In this season of holiday giving, I can't think of a greater gift to give my readers than the advice to see Come From Away and re-learn that there is still human decency, kindness and comfort to be found in this world. And it sings!"

sweet - Rob Stevens - Haines His Way - ...read full review


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"Although Come From Away is set during a time of tragedy for our country, it is basically a warmhearted story in which human goodness and generosity triumph over evil circumstances."

sweet - Marilyn Tower Oliver - Los Feliz Ledger - ...read full review


Avatar
"We're in crappy times. But we will get through this together, through the simple act of welcoming the stranger. What better sentiment to be sharing at this time of year. Don't build the walls to drive us apart, but say “Welcome, come in, have some tea, and the whisky is in the cabinet downstairs.” Go see this. You will be uplifted."

sweet - Daniel Faigin - CA Highways - ...read full review


Avatar
"“Come From Away” is uplifting and energized. It's a testament to the fact that people are inherently good and may imprint on you the need to trust and be kind to your neighbor."

sweet - Peter Foldy - Hollywood Revealed - ...read full review


Avatar
"COME FROM AWAY is an enchanting fairy tale; and, at the same time, a real-life adventure which will charm everyone in the audience. It's almost impossible not to smile as the engaging account progresses. This is a feel-good story which may just prove that people, given half a chance, can handle any crisis with grace and wit."

sweet - Elaine Mura - LA Splash - ...read full review


Avatar
"Come From Away, an upbeat, noisy, engagingly choral musical with no “stars,” but an ensemble company of eager and talented performers giving it their all and reminding us that, while human beings can be cruel, many also can be kind, helpful and resourceful. It almost sounds sappy, I know, but Come From Away doesn't care. It delivers what it always intended to deliver, not less and not more, with musicians, actors and singers whose energy is almost always given at 110%. The show is a smoothly synchronized effort without much of a plot, music that is right for the subject matter, relying on that most popular equation of all: a communion of good persons dedicated to delivering good deeds."

sweet - Sylvie Drake - Cultural Weekly - ...read full review


Avatar
"Come from Away was first co-produced in 2015 by La Jolla Playhouse, whose artistic director Christopher Ashley directed the show. Ashley, who won a Tony when the musical was done in New York, is still with the show, which is undoubtedly one of the main reasons for its success."

sweet - Willard Manus - Total Theater - ...read full review


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"If you're looking for a feel good holiday show - that's not exactly a holiday show - “Come from Away” might be a perfect night for the family from out of town."

sweet - Anthony Byrnes - KCRW - ...read full review


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"“Come From Away” will have you walking out of the theatre with a warm heart and hope that we as a nation, even in the worst times, can come together to selflessly love thy neighbor no matter what country, religion or gender."

sweet - Jill Weinlein - On Stage Blog - ...read full review


Ellen Dostal
"Writers Irene Sankoff and David Hein capture the spirit of the pragmatic, cheerful townsfolk in both story and score, the former narrated by characters speaking directly to the audience and also recreating the various quick-cut scenes, the latter a jovial blend of folk, Celtic, and upbeat rock themes with straightforward lyrics. Thankfully, there isn't a pretentious bone in this musical's body."

sweet - Ellen Dostal - BroadwayWorld Los Angeles - ...read full review


Tin Pan L.A.
"The musical Come from Away is a love letter to humanity, a reminder that when times are tough you can always count on people to help you weather the storm—especially Canadians. The “9/12” musical by Irene Sankoff and David Hein tells the story of what transpired when 38 planes were ordered to land unexpectedly in the small town of Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada."

sweet - Tin Pan L.A. - ...read full review


Travis Michael Holder
"Beyond the continuous thread of a Gaelic wink and the bareboned though magically evoked quality of a production created by master craftsmen, the true stars of this fresh new musical are the people of Gander, Newfoundland who, in this current age where destructive conmen remain in power and the ugly return of racism is systematically destroying everything so many of us have tried to conquer in our society, prove there are still good, decent people in this big mess of a world of ours who will band together to hold one another's hands in time of crisis and make the pain of strangers easier for them to endure. Just as I was wondering if every ounce of faith in humanity had drained from me into the ugly depths of the daily news reports, "Come from Away" showed up and, thankfully, has helped me breathe a little lighter again."

sweet - Travis Michael Holder - TicketHolders LA - ...read full review


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"You won't hum any of the songs when you're leaving the theater. You will instead hum the human spirit."

sweet - Dany Margolies - Daily News - ...read full review


Avatar
"With book, music and lyrics by married couple Irene Sankoff and David Hein — Torontonians themselves — Come from Away truly embodies the spirit of Canada's denizens as I've come to know them: Generous, authentically nice people with little sense of entitlement. Under Christopher Ashley's seamlessly fluid direction on Beowulf Boritt's minimal set, there are many stories crisscrossing each other as 12 adaptable thespians portray dozens of folks — both homebound and dispossessed — with the switch of an accent or a hat (the quick-change costumes are by Toni-Leslie James)."

sweet - Tony Frankel - Stage and Cinema - ...read full review


Avatar
"“Come From Away” doesn't need a perfect production to work. The staging at the Ahmanson, good enough to get the job done, more than satisfies the hunger for uplifting goodness that has made this musical such a runaway hit."

sweet - Charles McNulty - LA Times - ...read full review


Erin Conley
"Come From Away is that rare show that strikes a chord and reminds us of the power of theater to move and transform. There is just something so special about both the story and the raw, organic way in which it is told. The expertly crafted 90 minutes practically fly by, the emotional impact sneaking up on the viewer until you cannot remember precisely when you started to cry. This musical does not need flash; it does not need huge production numbers or sparkly costumes. It has something much more important—it genuinely captures the power of the human spirit in times of crisis, reminding us all that even when it may seem like the world is ending, somewhere in a tiny town no one has heard of people are performing selfless acts that will affect generations to come."

sweet - Erin Conley - On Stage and Screen - ...read full review


Rob Stevens
"The writing is exemplary and Christopher Ashley has done a superb job of directing...In this season of holiday giving, I can't think of a greater gift to give my readers than the advice to see Come From Away and re-learn that there is still human decency, kindness and comfort to be found in this world. And it sings!"

sweet - Rob Stevens - Haines His Way - ...read full review