This post is brought to you in partnership with Broadway in Portland. I received complimentary tickets to facilitate my post. Opinions are my own.
COME FROM AWAY tells the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships. On September 11, 2001 the world stopped. On September 12, their stories moved us all.
Come From Away has won Best Musical all across North America – and it’s easy to see why. This TRUE story highlights the very best of humanity and reminds us of the strength found within community.
As my husband and I got into the car after the show, he leaned over to me and said, “I’ve never seen the crowd respond like that at the end….not even for Hamilton.” We’ve seen nearly every show that’s come through Portland in the last 8 years – and he was right. Come From Away is special; mimicking what happened in the days the story was set and bringing people together. And that’s what Come From Away reminds us – that there is hope, power, and healing when we come together. (And aren’t we all longing for that right now?)
Come From Away pulls us back to “that day”. We may not have been in Gander on that day, but we remember where we were. How we felt. How we coped. And how much we needed the people around us.
There aren’t enough words to describe the amazingly talented group of actors who brought this deeply moving story to life. Every time I thought I had a favorite amongst the cast, another incredibly talented performer would change my mind. This true ensemble was absolutely outstanding. The storyline calls for each cast member to play multiple characters (with different accents/dialects no less) – and yet every.single.one.of.them pulled it off – and made this daunting task look easy. And not only were they able to portray a wide variety of characters, they made us care about them – connect with them – feel with them. The pain and the tears. The shock and confusion. The anger and injustice. And most of all the love.
This gifted group of storytellers pulled us into their story. We were a Newfoundler (without having to kiss the fish), we were a passenger, we were a mother in pain, and a couple falling in love. We were in an airport in Newfoundland. We were re-experiencing where we were on that day. We felt their shock and remembered our own.
And, I’m pretty sure not only the cast, but the masterminds behind the book, music, and lyrics – Irene Sankoff and David Hein are magical. When you’re attending a show centering around the days following 9/11, you expect you’re going to cry. And I did. Multiple times. What I did not expect was the laughter. The joy. The uplift. How they were able to stretch you across the emotional spectrum from moment to moment was not only ingenious but a true-to-life picture of the actual human experience. In the midst of suffering and social upheaval – there can be moments of joy. We can be laughing while our hearts are breaking. We’re numb and overwhelmed with emotion all at the same time. And Come From Away captured all of that. Masterfully.
You MUST see this show. (And you better believe that should this show make its way back to Portland, I’ll be there – ready to set foot on “the rock” once again.)
Come From Away will be in Portland through May 7th. At time of posting, tickets are still available! Please click HERE to purchase your tickets for this can’t-miss theatrical experience! Remaining showtimes are as follows:
Wednesday, May 3rd: 7:30 PM
Thursday, May 4th: 7:30 PM
Friday, May 5th: 7:30 PM
Saturday, May 6th: 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM
Sunday, May 7th: 1:00 PM and 6:30 PM
Can’t make it to Come From Away? There are some INCREDIBLE shows headed to Portland for the ’23/’24 Broadway season!! (I cannot wait!!) Season tickets are now available for purchase. Click HERE to subscribe.
The next play headed to the Keller Auditorium will be……Six!!!! If you’re as excited as I am for this one, you can find out more about Six by clicking HERE.
For information about all of the upcoming shows and to grab your tickets, head to → https://portland.broadway.com/shows/
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And if you are lucky enough to catch this amazing show live, make sure you stay at the end – even after the incomparable cast has taken their bows…..trust me….pretend like you’re waiting for a Marvel end-credit scene, and stay. You will NOT be disappointed! 😉