Come From Away officially becomes the longest-running show in the 105-year history of the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater 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 the Gerald Schoenfeld/ Plymouth Theater stage for a special performance tonight to mark the occasion, including the Tony Award winner Andre DeShields (Ain’t Misbehavin’), Tony Award nominee Robert Cuccioli (Jekyll & Hyde), Tony Award nominee Christiane Noll (Jekyll & Hyde), Tony Award nominee Hunter Foster (Madison County Bridges) and Maulik Pancholy (It’s only a game).
After 1,670 performances and 25 Broadway previews, Come from afar will play its final Broadway performance on Sunday, October 2, 2022 at 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 was officially critically acclaimed 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.
COME FROM AWAY includes a book, music and lyrics by Olivier, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award winners and Grammy and two-time Tony Award nominees Irene Sankoff & David Heindirected by Tony Award winner and Outer Critics Circle Award winner Christopher Ashleymusical direction by Olivier Award winner and twice nominated for the Tony Awards Kelly Devinand musical supervision by Olivier Award winner and Grammy nominee Ian Eisendrath.
COME FROM AWAY features scenic design by the Tony Award winner Beowulf Borittcostume design by the Tony Award nominee Toni Leslie Jameslighting design by two-time Tony Award winner Howell Binkleysound design by Olivier & Outer Critics Circle Award winner and Tony Award nominee Gareth Owenorchestrations by Olivier Award winner and Grammy & Tony nominee August Eriksmoenand musical arrangements by Olivier Award winner and Grammy nominee Ian Eisendrath.
COME FROM AWAY currently presents Petrina BromleyDe’Lon Grant, Becky Gulsvig, Cesar Samayoa, James SeolQ. Smith, Astrid Van Wieren, Emily Walton, Jim Walton, Gene Weygandt, Sharon Wheatley, Paul Whitty, Josh Breckenridge, John Jellison, Tony Le Page, Monette McKay, Happy McPartlin and Julie Reber. Original Broadway Actor Jenn Collella 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 from Tuesday June 21 to 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.” Nominated for the Olivier Prize Rachel Tucker will return to the role of ‘Beverley/Annette & Others’ on Tuesday, August 9, 2022 and a member of the original Broadway cast 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 /Opera” and “Outstanding Production”, and the 2017 Jon Kaplan People’s Choice Award (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 setup fee). A limited number of $38 rush tickets (including $2 setup fee) will be available at Gerald Schoenfeld Theater box office when it opens for the day’s performance(s). 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 Laiand Grammy nominees Ian Eisendrath, August Eriksmoen, Irene Sankoff & David Hein served as album producers.
COME FROM AWAY is produced by Junkyard Dog Productions (Randy AdamsMarleen and Kenny Al-Hadeff and Sue Frost), jerry frankel, Latitude LinkSmith & Brant, Steve & Paula Reynolds, David Mirvich, Michael RubinoffAlhadeff Productions, Michael Alden & Nancy Nagel Gibbs, Sam Levy, Rodney Rigby, spencer ross, Richard Winkel, Yonge Street Theaters, Sheridan CollegeMichael & Ellise Coit, Ronald FrankelSheri & The BillersRichard & Sherry BelkinMarlene & Gary Cohen, Allan Detsky & Rena Mendelson, Lauren doll, Barbara H. Freitag, Wendy Gillespie, Laura Little TheatersCarl & Jennifer Pasbjerg, Radio Mouse Entertainment, The Organization Shubert, Cynthia Strum, Tulchin Bartner Productions, Gwen Armament/Molly Morris & Terry McNicholasMaureen & Joel Benoliel/Marjorie & Ron Danz, Pamela Cooper/Brown CoreyBizar/Square 1 Theatrics Demos, Joshua Goodman/lauren stevens, Adam Blanshay Achievements/Judith Ann Abrams Productions, Bill & Linda Potter/Rosemary & Kenneth Willmanand La Jolla Playhouse and Seattle Repertory Theater.
COME FROM AWAY was originally co-produced in 2015 by La Jolla Playhouse and Seattle Repertory Theaterand 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 the Goodspeed Musicals New Artists Festival, in East Haddam, CT. The Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the Fifth Avenue Theater in Seattle WA also provided development support.
For more information visit: www.ComeFromAway.com.