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Following sell-out seasons around the world – including a remarkable Melbourne debut that saw the show voted our Ticket of the Year – smash-hit musical Come From Away is heading to Sydney.
The production will open in Sydney’s heritage-listed State Theatre on Saturday 1 August.
Producer Rodney Rigby said “It’s been wonderful to see the huge success of Come From Away in Melbourne, and how Australian audiences continue to resonate with this enduring story of kindness and humanity. We are delighted to bring this special production to Sydney’s State Theatre in August”.
If you are unfamiliar with Come From Away‘s incredible story, let us get you up to speed. The production is based on the true story of thousands of passengers diverted to the isolated community of Gander, Newfoundland in Canada following the events of September 11, 2001. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships. It’s a story of comradery and the capacity for human kindness, even in the hardest of times. Come from Away ‘takes you to a place where you didn’t know you wanted to go, and makes you not want to leave.’ (Newsweek, 2017).
The Australian Company, which has taken Melbourne by storm since opening in July, marks the fifth production of the musical worldwide, joining long-running current seasons on Broadway, in Toronto, the West End, and a US National Tour.
The musical has won countless awards internationally including the 2017 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical (Christopher Ashley), five Outer Critics Circle Awards (New York) including Outstanding New Broadway Musical, three Drama Desk Awards (New York), four Helen Hayes Awards (Washington, D.C), four Gypsy Rose Lee Awards (Seattle), and six San Diego Critics Circle Awards including Outstanding New Musical.
In 2019, Come From Away added to its international award tally with four Olivier Awards including Best New Musical, and four Broadway World UK awards taking its international award tally to 41.
It’s all well and good for us to tell you that Come From Away is a brilliant, heartwarming way to spend a couple of hours, but why don’t we check out what the critics had to say about its Melbourne season?
“Come From Away eschews the conventional musical bling…This puts all the focus is on the hardworking cast, who each play a multiplicity of roles…Under Christopher Ashley’s direction, these simple conventions are richly various, ensuring the show is never dull…Come From Away reminds us of a truth that is easily forgotten and too often suppressed: that human beings are most often instinctively kind to those in trouble.”
“In its textured celebration of the power of community, in its focus on a bunch of people creating something admirable from events thrust upon them, it is profoundly moving. Indeed, it is hard to overstate Come From Away’s emotional impact.”
“Come From Away is a moving tribute to the power of community, at a time when kindness and compassion often seem to be in short supply. Written and performed with incredible heart, it is a beautiful, inspiring production.”
Come From Away will begin it’s Sydney season at the State Theatre on Saturday 1 August. Tickets go on sale Thursday 6 February via Ticketmaster.com.au.