I had little knowledge of Come From Away until my Broadway-loving mom put it on my radar. Being a New Yorker who was in the city on 9/11, I'm a reluctant participant in 9/11 memorializing. I still haven't been to the museum in NYC, though I do walk by the 9/11 Memorial on a regular basis and always feel a little raw when I go by. I wasn't sure the world needed a 9/11 musical. Turns out I was wrong. When I answer the question: Who should see Come From Away on Broadway, the answer is a pretty broad audience including those of us who were here.
About Come From Away
The story centers on Gander, a small Newfoundland town that opened its doors to stranded travelers during the September 11 terrorist attacks. The musical is performed in one act with no intermission. Twelve actors take on multiple rolls to tells the stories of the stranded travelers and the locals who embraced them.
The show succeeds thanks to a strong score, clever staging and a wonderful cast, but mostly it's the uplifting story that keeps audiences mesmerized.
More about the show
The book, music and lyrics are by Irene Snakoff and David Hein. They are a married Canadian duo, and I tip my hat to their creativity. Broadway is currently full of revivals and "safe" productions. This is a show that will stretch you a bit.
The music is quite lovely (though I didn't get any songs stuck in my head). Standout songs include Prayer and I Am Here. I
As far as the cast, I didn't recognize any of the names (but I am not an expert by any means), I was touched by the performance of Kenita Miller as a mom who is stranded in Canada and trying to connect with her firefighting son in NYC.
The set is minimal, chairs and tables that are stacked and sorted to turn into buses, planes and more. You really don't need much when you have a strong concept and talented actors to tell your tale.
Who Should See Come From Away on Broadway
My daughter is 11, and was one of the few younger people in the audience (we counted three other kids as we were leaving, otherwise it's the typical white hair extravaganza). I would definitely encourage you to take your kids to this performance.
Get Out and Play with a Smarter Set of Wheels
Our family has been through many wheels over the years. Since we are mostly an urban family, our kids found scootering the best way to get to school. My kids got bigger, so I’ve been researching options for them. Now it's time for an upgrade to our wheels and we've got some ...read more
The Best Diaper Pails and Accessories
I do believe diapering is the one activity we do the most of when our kiddos are young. For more months than I care to remember, I changed diaper after diaper after diaper. An all inclusive list of the best diaper pails and diaper accessories would have been so very helpful. ...read more
Breast Cancer Awareness Tips to Empower Yourself
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and we are all about sharing tips to keep our busy moms healthy and at the top of their game. I think it's safe to say, we are all aware of Breast Cancer, but when it comes to breast-cancer prevention, we are sharing tips to help you feel ...read more
Over the two days after the show, we had some meaty conversations about 9/11 and recovering from a tragedy like that terrorist attack.
Yes, there are some jokes that went over her head, but there's nothing racy or violent on stage. I think we can all challenge our children with art this worthy of discussion.
Plan your Visit
Come From Away is currently running at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre 236 West 45th Street, NYC
It's also on six tours (including China) and is currently running in three other cities: London, Toronto, and Melbourne.
PLAN YOUR NYC VISIT
Check out our NYC page for things to see and do in NYC and don't miss these highlights.
- Head here for reviews of current Broadway shows
- Favorite Museums in NYC for kids
- Favorite Family Friendly NYC restaurants
- Things to do with kids
Use Pinterest to save your favorite NYC outings. Be sure to follow our New York City board here.
Momtrends was not paid for this Who Should See Come From Away on Broadway post.