The new musical “Come From Away” opened on Broadway on Sunday (March 12) to some of the best reviews of the season. This tuner is set against the backdrop of the 9/11 terrorist attacks when the FAA ordered all planes to land as quickly as possible. Thirty-eight of them touched down in Gander, Newfoundland. The 6,579 passengers and crew almost doubled the size of the small town with a big airport that had once been used as a transatlantic refuelling stop.
On Wednesday, Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau took in the heartwarming show, along with 500 guests of his country’s consulate in New York City, including 125 ambassadors to the United Nations. He was joined by first daughter, Ivanka Trump, and the US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley.
In his introductory remarks, Trudeau made mention of the blizzard that had shut down the city on Tuesday — “Thank you for making us feel so welcome with the snow” — before speaking glowingly of the connection between the two countries. “There is no relationship quite like the friendship between Canada and the United States. This story, this amazing show, is very much about that, and it’s about friendship as well.”
“Come From Away” is the work of Broadway newcomers David Hein & Irene Sankoff, a married couple who wrote the book and composed the score. The well-received production is directed by two-time Tony nominee Christopher Ashley (“The Rocky Horror Show” , “Memphis” ) and features Broadway favorites including Chad Kimball and Jenn Colella.
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