The Toronto company of Come From Away will play eight benefit performances in a concert version of the hit musical at Newfoundland's Holy Heart Theatre January 23–27, 2019.
Net proceeds from the concert run will go to the six Newfoundland towns that hosted the 7,000 stranded travelers who landed at Gander Airport after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York (Gander, Gambo, Appleton, Lewisporte, Norris Arm, and Glenwood), as well as the Community Food Sharing Association and the Autism Society of Newfoundland and Labrado.
“Together with Junkyard Dog Productions, the show’s lead producer, we have been looking for an opportunity to bring Come From Away back to the province that inspired it,” explains explains Toronto producer David Mirvish. Before its New York and Toronto bows, the musical offered two performances in a concert arena in Gander.
“The opportunity to return to Newfoundland finally arrived when we realized that there would be a short gap between the Toronto production’s transfer from the Royal Alexandra Theatre to the Elgin Theatre in January 2019... We canvassed the cast and band to find out if they would be willing to travel and perform in what otherwise would have been a holiday week for them. Before we could finish our request, all of them were jumping for joy at the opportunity to visit Newfoundland.”
The Toronto company features Saccha Dennis, Steffi DiDomenicantonio, Barbara Fulton, Lisa Horner, James Kall, George Masswohl, Ali Momen, Jack Noseworthy, Cory O’Brien, Kristen Peace, Eliza-Jane Scott, Kevin Vidal, Susan Dunstan, Kate Etienne, Amir Haidar, Jeff Madden, David Silvestri, and Cailin Stadnyk.
The musical, which continues to play Broadway's Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, features a book, music, and lyrics by Irene Sankoff and David Hein and is directed by Tony winner Christopher Ashley, with musical staging by Kelly Devine and music supervision and arrangements by Ian Eisendrath.
Tickets will go on sale October 16 at 10 AM NDT through Holy Heart Theatre ticket channels.