Come From Away began its life and development at the Canadian Music Theatre Project in 2012. Our students brought these remarkable characters to life and helped to shape the story that opened on Broadway on March 12, 2017, just five years after its debut at Sheridan. Over two seasons, the CMTP provided the creative team 12 weeks of development time and support, with exceptional student performers, crew, and creative teams. Access to onsite recording facilities to create demo recordings aided in the continuing development of the musical.
The workshops culminated in an incredible performance opportunity to test the material with a full band and live audiences at Sheridan and the 700-seat Panasonic Theatre in Toronto. The full, two-act musical was produced by Theatre Sheridan the following year. Come From Away was part of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre and Goodspeed Festivals of New Musicals. It was optioned by Tony-Award winning producers Junkyard Dog Productions.
On September 11, 2001 the world stopped. On September 12, their stories moved us all. Come From Away is a rocking musical about how in a heartbeat, 38 planes with 6,579 passengers were stranded in a remote town in Newfoundland. The locals opened their hearts and homes, hosting this international community of strangers for a week – spurring unexpected camaraderie in extraordinary circumstances.
Come From Away was one of the inaugural musicals to be workshopped at the CMTP. After several productions at regional theatre throughout the United States, Come From Away opened on Broadway on March 12, 2017.