March 19, 2017
By Dr. Leonard H. Golubchick LaborPress Entertainment Editor
“Come From Away” A musical with meaning and heart
“Come From Away” has meaning for all Americans especially New Yorkers. The show expertly brought to us by a Canadian husband and wife team, Irene Sankoff and David Hein wrote the book, music and lyrics.
The show recounts the events when 38 planes were diverted to the town of Gander located in New Foundland on September 11, 2001. Almost 6600 passengers disembarked on Gander effectively doubling the population.
The story recounts, sixteen years after 9/11, how the residents of Gander opened their hearts and homes to complete strangers from all corners of the globe during a catastrophe. The timing of the show brings forth the irony of the growth of xenophobia and nationalism in the United States and elsewhere in attitudes towards strangers and immigrants.
Irene Sankoff and David Hein’s words, lyrics and music bring forth a feeling, a catharsis which emanates a good feeling. The heartfelt energy of the ensemble cast of 12 and the 8 piece band shifts moods and enlivens the show with toe-tapping numbers. The Director Christopher Ashley magnificently pulls the show together without losing the ultimate meaning- value of community.
Chad Kimball (Tony nominated for Memphis) leads the cast with a fine performance. Of note, Jenn Collela provides the only ballad and plays the first female intercontinental pilot.
This is a show which surely will receive a Tony nomination. Bring all family members to see “Come Fly Away” which is a joyful and poignant 80 minutes.