The new musical “Come From Away” tells the story of how the 9,000 citizens of Gander, a small town in Newfoundland suddenly found themselves housing 7,000 stranded passengers when airlines were diverted there on September 11. On Sunday’s Tony Awards telecast, the “Come From Away” cast performed the rousing opener “Welcome to the Rock.” (Watch this toe-tapping number above).
The show’s message of hope and human kindness generated rapturous word of mouth and propelled the show to seven Tony Awards nominations, including Best Musical. While it won just one award, it was a biggie: Best Director for Christopher Ashley. He had contended twice before for “The Rocky Horror Show” (2001) and “Memphis” (2010).
“Come From Away” marks the Broadway debut of Canadian tunesmiths David Hein & Irene Sankoff, a married couple who wrote the book and composed the score. They earned Tony nominations in both categories but were bested by the creative forces of “Dear Evan Hansen.”