Come From Away officially becomes the longest-running show in the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater’s 105-year history today with its 1,544th Broadway performance, surpassing the original JEKYLL & HYDE production. The Tony & Olivier Award-winning musical will celebrate the milestone with an honorary street renaming of West 45th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues to “Come From A-Way” for the day.
COME FROM AWAY will also welcome former stars who appeared on stage at the Gerald Schoenfeld/Plymouth Theater for a special performance tonight to mark the occasion, including Tony Award winner Andre de Shields (Ain’t Misbehavin’), Tony Award nominee Robert Cuccioli (Jekyll & Hyde), Tony Award nominee Christiane Noll (Jekyll & Hyde), Hunter Foster (The Bridges of Madison County) and Maulik Pancholy (It’s Only A Play).
After 1,670 performances and 25 Broadway previews, Come from afar will play its final Broadway performance on Sunday, October 2, 2022 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater (236 West 45th Street). As the company bows out, Come from afar will be the 49th longest-running production in Broadway history and the most successful Canadian musical of all time.
Winner of “Best Musical” worldwide, Come from afar began its Broadway performances on February 18, 2017 and officially received critical acclaim on March 12, 2017, earning 7 Tony Award nominations including Best Musical and winning the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Comedy musical (Christopher Ashley). The original musical recouped its $12 million cap in less than 8 months on Broadway.
Following the closing of Broadway, Come from afar reopened on September 21, 2021 after a free special performance with Ford’s Theater at the National Mall in Washington DC in front of the Lincoln Memorial on Friday, September 10, 2021 in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of 9/11. The musical’s route to Broadway also included two benefit concerts at the ice rink in Gander, Newfoundlandthe small Canadian town where the musical takes place.
There are four world productions of Come from afar including on Broadway; the four-time Olivier Award-winning production, including Best Musical, in London’s West End; the North American Tour and the Australian National Tour. Come from afar will return to Toronto after a run at the National Arts Center in Ottawa in July 2024.
The Critics’ Choice Award-nominated live-action version of Come from afarcaptured from the stage of the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater during the shutdown, is streaming worldwide on Apple TV+.
COME FROM AWAY features book, music and lyrics by Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award winner Olivier and two-time Grammy and Tony Award nominees Irene Sankoff and David Hein under the direction of the winner Tony Award and Outer Critics Circle Award winner Christopher Ashley, musical direction by Olivier Award winner and two-time Tony Award nominee Kelly Devine, and musical supervision by Olivier Award winner and nominee Ian Eisendrath Grammy Awards.
COME FROM AWAY features scenic design by Tony Award winner Beowulf Boritt, costume design by Tony Award nominee Toni-Leslie James, lighting design by two-time Tony Award winner Howell Binkley, design sound by Olivier & Outer Critics Circle Award and Tony Award nominee Gareth Owen, orchestrations by Olivier Award winner and Grammy and Tony Award nominee August Eriksmoen, and musical arrangements by Ian Eisendrath, winner of an Olivier Award and Grammy Award nominee.
COME FROM AWAY currently features Petrina Bromley, De’Lon Grant, Becky Gulsvig, Caesar Samayoa, James Seol, Q. Smith, Astrid Van Wieren, Emily Walton, Jim Walton, Gene Weygandt, Sharon Wheatley, Paul Whitty, Josh Breckenridge, John Jellison , Tony LePage, Monette McKay, Happy McPartlin and Julie Reiber. Original Broadway cast member Jenn Colella will return as “Beverley/Annette & the like,” a performance that earned her a 2017 Tony Award nomination and Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Craig Noel, Helen Hayes and Dora Awards, for a strictly limited engagement of Tuesday, June 21 through Sunday, August 7, 2022. Sharone Sayegh (The Band’s Visit) will also join the Broadway company straight from the North American tour on Tuesday, June 21 as “Bonnie & other”. Olivier Award nominee Rachel Tucker will reprise the role of “Beverley/Annette & Others” on Tuesday, August 9, 2022 and Original Broadway Cast Member Petrina Bromley will reprise the role of “Bonnie & Others” on Tuesday, September 27, 2022 .
COME FROM AWAY tells the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that took them in. Cultures clashed and nerves mounted, but unease turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude turned into lasting friendships. On September 11, 2001, the world stopped. On September 12, their stories moved us all.
COME FROM AWAY won the Tony Award for “Best Direction of a Musical” (Christopher Ashley), 4 Olivier Awards (London) including “Best New Musical”, 5 Outer Critics Circle Awards (NYC) including “Outstanding New Broadway Musical“, 3 Drama Desk Awards (NYC) including “Outstanding Musical”, 4 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards (North American Tour) including “Best Production”, 4 Helen Hayes Awards (DC) including “Outstanding Production of a Musical”, 4 Gypsy Rose Lee Awards (Seattle) including “Excellence in Production of a Musical”, 6 San Diego Critics Circle Awards including “Outstanding New Musical”, 3 Toronto Theater Critics Awards including “Best New Musical”, 3 Dora Awards (Toronto) including “Outstanding New Musical” Musical/Opera” and “Outstanding Production” and the Jon Kaplan Audience Choice Award 2017 (Toronto).
Tickets for Come from afar on Broadway are available on Download.com (212.239.6200) and the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater box office, and range from $49 to $177 (including $2 installation fee). A limited number of $38 peak tickets (including $2 setup fee) will be available at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater box office when it opens for daytime performances. Limited to two tickets per person, subject to availability. Cash and major credit cards are accepted.
The game program for Come from afar on Broadway is as follows: Tuesday to Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 8 p.m., with matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.
The Grammy-Nominated Original Broadway Cast Recording of Come from afar is available digitally and in stores everywhere. Grammy Award winner David Lai and Grammy nominees Ian Eisendrath, August Eriksmoen, Irene Sankoff and David Hein served as album producers.
COME FROM AWAY is produced by Junkyard Dog Productions (Randy Adams, Marleen and Kenny Alhadeff and Sue Frost), Jerry Frankel, Latitude Link, Smith & Brant Theatricals, Steve & Paula Reynolds, David Mirvish, Michael Rubinoff, Alhadeff Productions, Michael Alden & Nancy Nagel Gibbs, Sam Levy, Rodney Rigby, Spencer Ross, Richard Winkler, Yonge Street Theatricals, Sheridan College, Michael and Ellise Coit, Ronald Frankel, Sheri and Les Biller, Richard and Sherry Belkin, Marlene and Gary Cohen, Allan Detsky and Rena Mendelson, Lauren Doll, Barbara H. Freitag, Wendy Gillespie, Laura Little Theatricals, Carl and Jennifer Pasbjerg, Radio Mouse Entertainment, The Shubert Organization, Cynthia Stroum, Tulchin Bartner Productions, Gwen Arment/Molly Morris and Terry McNicholas, Maureen and Joel Benoliel /Marjorie & Ron Danz, Pamela Cooper/Corey Brunish, Demos Bizar/Square 1 Theatrics, Joshua Goodman/Lauren Stevens, Adam Blanshay Productions/Judith Ann Abrams Productions, Bill & Linda Potter/Rosemary & Ken neth Wil lman, and La Jolla Playhouse and Seattle Repertory Theatre.
COME FROM AWAY was originally co-produced in 2015 by La Jolla Playhouse and the Seattle Repertory Theatre, and presented in 2016 by Ford’s Theater in Washington, DC and Mirvish Productions at the Royal Alexandra Theater in Toronto, CA. Come from afar (NAMT Festival 2013) was originally developed at the Canadian Music Theater Project, Michael Rubinoff Producer, Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario, Canada and was developed at Goodspeed Musicals’ Festival of New Artists, in East Haddam, CT. The Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council and the Fifth Avenue Theater in Seattle WA also provided development support.
For more information visit: www.ComeFromAway.com.