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9/11-Inspired Musical Come From Away to Play Broadway

The new musical has set its Broadway cast.

Jenn Colella and Chad Kimball are among the Broadway regulars who will lead the new musical Come From Away.
(© David Gordon/Justin Patterson)

Junkyard Dog Productions announced today that the new musical Come From Away will begin its Broadway run in February 2017 at a Shubert theater to be announced. Before heading to New York, the production will run at Washington, D.C.'s Ford's Theatre from September 2-October 9, with a further tryout at Toronto's Royal Alexandra Theatre to follow, from November 15-January 8, 2017.

The Broadway and Toronto productions of Come From Away will star Newfoundland native Petrina Bromley (Stratford's As You Like It), Geno Carr (The Old Globe's Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas), Jenn Colella (If/Then), Joel Hatch (Adding Machine), Rodney Hicks (The Scottsboro Boys), Kendra Kassebaum (Wicked), Tony nominee Chad Kimball (Memphis), Canadian Lee MacDougall (Stratford's The Music Man), Caesar Samayoa (Sister Act), Q. Smith (Mary Poppins), Canadian Astrid Van Wieren (Mamma Mia!), and Sharon Wheatley (Avenue Q).

Featuring a book, music, and lyrics by Irene Sankoff and David Hein, Come From Away is directed by Tony nominee Christopher Ashley (Memphis) and choreographed by Tony nominee Kelly Devine (Rocky). Set against the backdrop of the tragic events of September 11, 2001, the show follows what happens when 38 planes and 6,579 passengers were forced to land in Gander, Newfoundland, doubling the population of "one small town on the edge of the world."

The show's creative team includes scenic design by Tony winner Beowulf Boritt, costume design by Tony nominee Toni-Leslie James, lighting design by Tony winner Howell Binkley, sound design by Tony nominee Gareth Owen, and music supervision by Ian Eisendrath.

Come From Away was originally co-produced in 2015 by La Jolla Playhouse and Seattle Repertory Theater and was first developed at the Canadian Music Theatre Project.

The Seattle Repertory Theater company of Come From Away, coming to Broadway in February 2017.
(© Chris Bennion)