Come From Away is Broadway Bound
Come From Away, originally developed and produced by Sheridan College, Michael Rubinoff, and the Canadian Music Theatre Project (CMTP), will make its Broadway debut in spring 2017. In a heartbeat, 38 planes with 6,579 passengers were stranded in Gander, Newfoundland. The locals opened their hearts and homes, hosting this international community of strangers, spurring unexpected camaraderie in the extraordinary circumstances of September 11, 2001. After its Sheridan workshops in 2012 and 2013, Come From Away was selected for the National Alliance for Musical Theatre and the Goodspeed Opera House Festivals of New Musicals and it was optioned by Tony Award-winning producers, Junkyard Dog Productions.
The idea for the musical originated with Michael Rubinoff, an entertainment lawyer and theatre producer who also serves as Sheridan’s Associate Dean of Visual and Performing Arts. “This is an incredible story that I always believed would be even more compelling if developed as a musical infused with Newfoundland’s Celtic sound,” says Rubinoff. “The CMTP succeeds in creating an environment that gives writers the time and resources needed to test, modify and advance musicals at all stages of development.” Prior to opening on Broadway, Come From Away will stage productions at Ford’s Theatre in Washington DC during its 2016-2017 season from September 2 to October 9, 2016, play concerts in Gander, Newfoundland, and will reopen the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto as part of Mirvish’s 2016-2017 Subscription Series from November 15, 2016 to January 8, 2017.