Come From Away

The remarkable true story of the small town that welcomed the world.

Come From Away
Comedy Theatre

Theatre Address

240 Exhibition St, Melbourne VIC 3000

GLOBAL HIT BROADWAY MUSICAL COME FROM AWAY ANNOUNCES FINAL EXTENSION UNTIL 8 MARCH 2020

Melbourne has fallen completely in love with global hit musical COME FROM AWAY, with the announcement today that it will extend its season with the final performance on Sunday 8 March 2020.

With no further extensions possible because of touring commitments in China, the final weeks will go on sale to the general public on Friday 20 December at 9am.

Establishing a new record, the most successful musical in the Comedy Theatre’s history, the Australian production opened in July 2019 and continues to attract capacity houses and spontaneous standing ovations from the entire audience at each and every performance.

Producer, Rodney Rigby said “Come From Away in Melbourne has exceeded our wildest expectations, embraced by audiences from across Australia and New Zealand and making a significant additional impact to the Victorian economy.”

COME FROM AWAY will tour China with the Australian company, opening in April 2020.

Currently there are five productions of COME FROM AWAY playing simultaneously around the world, and it has won 40 international awards.

The first production opened on Broadway to rave reviews in 2017 and has continued its record-breaking triumph with a second production in Toronto approaching its third year, a third production touring North America, now in its second year, and a West End production that opened in February earlier this year. The recently opened Australian production in Melbourne marks the fifth company.

The ground-breaking new musical is based on the incredible real-life events in the wake of the September 11 tragedy when 38 planes carrying nearly 7,000 people from over 100 countries were redirected to Gander, Newfoundland, almost doubling the population of the remote Canadian town.

Capturing the generosity and hospitality of the small community of Gander who invited the “come from aways” into their homes, it is an inspirational story of hope and humanity.

With book, music and lyrics by David Hein and Irene Sankoff, COME FROM AWAY is directed by Tony Award winner Christopher Ashley, choreographed by Kelly Devine (Rock of Ages, Diana), with music supervision by Ian Eisendrath (A Christmas Story, Diana), scenic design by Beowulf Boritt (Rock of Ages, Be More Chill) costume design by Toni-Leslie James (Jelly’s Last Jam), lighting design by Howell Binkley (Jersey Boys, Hamilton), sound design by Gareth Owen (Diana, A Bronx Tale).

Its February 2019, the musical added to its international award tally with four Olivier Awards including Best New Musical, Best Theatre Choreographer, Best Sound Design and Outstanding Achievement in Music and recently won Broadway World UK awards.
In Australia, it has won the Ticketek ‘Ticket of the Year’ award for 2019, and recently took out the Drama Victoria award for Best Performance by a Theatre Company.

COME FROM AWAY WINS BEST PERFORMANCE BY A THEATRE COMPANY FOR VCE THEATRE STUDIES AT THE 2019 DRAMA VICTORIA AWARDS

Global sensation, COME FROM AWAY has added to its international award tally, being crowned Best Performance by a Theatre Company for the 2019 VCE Theatre Studies Playlist. This award is given annually by Drama Victoria for a play that demonstrates strong dramatic merit and offers rich opportunities for students studying theatre in their senior years.

The accolade was announced at Drama Victoria’s annual awards celebration at the University of Melbourne last night, with COME FROM AWAY’S Music Director, Luke Hunter and Associate Director, Martin Croft in attendance to accept the award on behalf of the producers, Junkyard Dog Productions and Rodney Rigby.

Since opening in July, 5,426 students and teachers have experienced a performance of COME FROM AWAY

Producer Rodney Rigby said: “Together with Jason Marriner and the Marriner Group, we are committed to introducing students to the theatre. Giving young people the opportunity to experience the very best plays and musicals in the world today creates our future audiences for generations to come.”

COME FROM AWAY follows the joyous, incredible real-life journey of 7,000 air passengers who became grounded in Gander, Newfoundland in Canada in the wake of the September 11 tragedy. The small community that invited the ‘come from aways’ into their lives provided hope and humanity to those in need

It opened on Broadway to rave reviews in 2017 and has continued its record-breaking triumph with a second production in Toronto, a third production touring North America, a West End production an Australian production in Melbourne, with a tour of China recently announced for 2020.

With book, music and lyrics by David Hein and Irene Sankoff, COME FROM AWAY is directed by Tony Award winner Christopher Ashley, choreographed by Olivier Award Winner Kelly Devine (Rock of Ages, Diana), with music supervision by Ian Eisendrath (A Christmas Story, Diana), scenic design by Beowulf Boritt (Rock of Ages, Be More Chill)  costume design by Toni-Leslie James (Jelly’s Last Jam), lighting design by Howell Binkley (Jersey Boys, Hamilton), sound design by Gareth Owen (Diana, A Bronx Tale).

COME FROM AWAY has won numerous awards including the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical (Christopher Ashley), Winner of five Outer Critics Circle Awards (New York) including Outstanding New Broadway Musical. On top of this, the musical has received three Drama Desk Awards (New York) including Outstanding Musical, four Helen Hayes Awards (Washington, D.C) including Outstanding Production of a Musical, four Gypsy Rose Lee Awards (Seattle) including Excellence in production of a Musical and six San Diego Critics Circle Awards including Outstanding New Musical.

In 2019, the musical added to its international award tally with four Olivier Awards including Best New Musical, Best Theatre Choreographer (Kelly Devine), Best Sound Design and Outstanding Achievement in Music, along with four Broadway World UK awards and the Ticketmaster Ticket of the Year award – taking its international award tally to 41. COME FROM AWAY is produced by Junkyard Dog Productions and Rodney Rigby

COME FROM AWAY is produced by Junkyard Dog Productions and Rodney Rigby