How Come From Away Made it to Broadway

Who would have thought you could create an uplifting musical out of the existential horror that was Sept. 11?

Lawyer Michael Rubinoff did. He believed that audiences would respond to the power of hope emerging through the tragedy. But most figured his concept — finding the bright side of one of the world’s most notorious acts of terrorism — was too macabre.

Yet Rubinoff’s seemingly bad idea turns out to be the most compelling arts and culture story this year. His concept improbably underscores the power of the arts to imbue meaning in chaos, and the value of sticking to a vision and mining your own history. It is the theatre equivalent of a rookie Canadian player making it to Wimbledon. And yes, it’s heading to Broadway.

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