Tony and Olivier award-winning musical 'Come From Away' will play at Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre from 27 August.
Rodney Rigby said, “Come From Away is the perfect show for our time; an opportunity to come together and celebrate an inspirational story of hope and humanity. The reception for this show across Australia has been ecstatic and we are thrilled to be sharing it with audiences in Melbourne and Sydney again later this year.”
Come From Away follows the incredible real-life journey of 7,000 air passengers who were grounded in Gander, Newfoundland in Canada in the wake of the September 11 tragedy. The small community that welcomed the ‘come from aways’ into their lives provided hope and compassion to those in need.
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The musical opened in Sydney in June 2021 before being ravaged by Covid outbreaks, shutdowns and restrictions. The musical now recommences a national tour in July 2022, premiering at HOTA on the Gold Coast, before moving to Melbourne for a strictly limited season in August, followed by Sydney in November and Canberra in 2023. Award-winning writers David Hein and Irene Sankoff travelled to Newfoundland and interviewed thousands of locals, turning their stories into a musical.
The musical enjoyed months of acclaim in Melbourne, going on to break box office records to become the most successful production in the Comedy Theatre’s 94-year history. The ensemble includes Kyle Brown, Zoe Gertz, Manon Gunderson-Briggs, Douglas Hansell, Kat Harrison, Joe Kosky, Phillip Lowe, Joseph Naim, Sarah Nairne, Natalie O’Donnell, Emma Powell, David Silvestri, together with Kaya Byrne, Jeremy Carver-James, Noni McCallum, Michael Lee Porter, Alana Tranter and Jasmine Vaughns.
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With book, music and lyrics by David Hein and Irene Sankoff, Come From Away is directed by Tony Award winner Christopher Ashley, choreographed by Olivier Award winner Kelly Devine (Rock of Ages, Diana), with music supervision by Ian Eisendrath (A Christmas Story, Diana), scenic design by Beowulf Boritt (Rock of Ages, Be More Chill), costume design by Toni-Leslie James (Jelly’s Last Jam), lighting design by Howell Binkley (Jersey Boys, Hamilton), and sound design by Gareth Owen (Diana, A Bronx Tale).
Come From Away won the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical (Christopher Ashley) and four Olivier Awards including Best New Musical, Best Theatre Choreographer (Kelly Devine), Best Sound Design (Gareth Owen) and Outstanding Achievement in Music. Since its Australian premiere in 2019 the production has added five Green Room awards, including Best Production and Best Ensemble, to its award tally.
- From: 7 July 2022
- Venue: HOTA
- Address: 135 Bundall Rd, Surfers Paradise
- From: 27 August 2022
- Venue: Comedy Theatre
- Address: 240 Exhibition St, Melbourne
- From: 5 November 2022
- Venue: Theatre Royal
- Address: 108 King St, Sydney
- From: 8 June 2023
- Venue: Canberra Theatre Centre
- Address: Civic Square, London Cct, Canberra
- From: 17 August 2023
- Venue: Civic Theatre
- Address: Cnr of Queen Street & 269-287 Wellesley Street West, Auckland
- From: 14 September 2023
- Venue: St James Theatre
- Address: 87/77 Courtenay Place, Te Aro, Wellington
Tickets for the Melbourne season are on sale on Monday 6 June, with tickets for the Sydney season on sale on Tuesday 14 June. Head here for more info.