SYDNEY OPENS ITS HEART TO COME FROM AWAY
THE CRITICS ARE UNANIMOUS: THE EMOTION–CHARGED TRAIL BLAZING MUSICAL IS A TRIUMPH!
“It’s a beautiful show that will make you smile… This heart-warming show will remind you that goodness exists, some times in the most unlikely and unexpected of places.”
Elizabeth Fortescue, Sunday Telegraph
“The cast work as a tight and powerful ensemble… the show reaches out to the audience with a volt of feel-good energy.”
Jo Litson, Limelight
“The capacity audience stood, stormed and cheered… The musical has been received by audiences and critics as a cathartic reminder of the capacity for human kindness in even the darkest of times and the triumph of humanity over hate… COME FROM AWAY is sharp, funny and bloody entertaining. I can’t urge you strongly enough to see this production. It was an over whelming experience.”
Glenn A Baker
The eagerly-awaited Sydney premiere of global sensation COME FROM AWAY at the magnificent Capitol Theatre has garnered rapturous reviews from the critics and an outpouring of accolades and affection from audiences.
The Tony and Olivier Award-winning Broadway musical about unity and kindness in adversity is taking Sydney by storm, just as it did when it made its Australian premiere in Melbourne in July 2019.
Produced by Junkyard Dog Productions and Rodney Rigby, the Australian cast production continues to win the hearts and minds of critics and audiences as they laugh, cry and tap their feet to the original, inventive and exhilarating music. The production of COME FROM AWAY currently remains the only production being performed anywhere in the world due to the ongoing impact of COVID. The outstanding ensemble includes Zoe Gertz, Sharriese Hamilton, Douglas Hansell, Kolby Kindle, Phillip Lowe, Simon Maiden, Sarah Morrison, Joseph Naim, Emma Powell, Katrina Retallick, Kellie Rode and Gene Weygandt, together with Angela Kennedy, Josh Marin, Kathleen Moore, Jensen Overend, Kilty Reidy, Ash Roussety, Alana Tranter and Jasmine Vaughns.
THE SYDNEY REVIEWS ARE IN: COMEF ROM AWAY IS A SMASH-HIT
“Inspired… What the music does do is brilliantly underscore the action, and it does this while drawing on Newfoundland’s proud Celtic heritage… It’s a show that not only makes one feel good, it rather inspires one to do good.”
John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald
“The toe-tapping score, featuring folk-rock with a Celtic twist, is played by an onstage band of seven and is completely infectious. Kelly Devine’s choreography, which is vibrant with plenty of joyous stamping, also goes straight to the heart … COME FROM AWAY is a refreshing, feel-good, uplifting piece about kindness and the power of community, and sends you home with your heart singing.”
Jo Litson, Limelight
“I would highly recommend this production if you are seeking great music, some hysterically funny moments and a touch of catharsis and healing regarding the events of 9/11. Love and compassion can arise in the most trying circumstances.”
Performing Arts Hub
“With irresistible music and a glorious cast, this production is unmissably joyful for young or old… Inviting, heartening and a musical trip to be treasured.”
Reviews by Judith (and Friends)
“Smart and sly costume design, blink-and-you’ll-miss-them changes in accents, and suave musical staging make for a dazzling visual feast that the cast exploits to tell the musical’s story brilliantly. It’s hard not to share the joy of their celebrations when the demographics come together, best seen in musical numbers Blankets and Bedding, Screech In, and Finale.”
“The underlying message of kindness and compassion in the face of unspeakable horror is one that’s sorely needed right now… COME FROM AWAY is not just an Important Musical for Our Times, it’s also a whole lot of rollicking good fun.”
“A captivating 100 minutes of music, smart lyrics and heartfelt characterisations … The heart-warming message of hope and kindness within COME FROM AWAY makes this a piece of theatre that all audiences should see. It has an accessibility in its recognisable music styles while containing clever new music and the story helps unite people in a collective desire to try to be better to others. DO NOT MISS THIS!”
Jade Kops, Broadway World
A global phenomenon, COME FROM AWAY opened on Broadway to wide acclaim in 2017 and continued its international triumph with sold-out, record breaking seasons in Toronto, London and a 60-city North American tour.
The story at the musical’s heart draws inspiration from the real-life events that came in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in Washington and New York, which closed US airspace for the first time in history. It was then that 38 planes carrying almost 7,000 people from more than 100 countries were diverted to a tiny island, known to locals as “The Rock”. Now immortalised in this ground-breaking musical, the extraordinary experiences of the “come from aways”, and the unexpected outpouring of generosity and hospitality they received in Gander, Newfoundland, continues to inspire unity and hope among audiences throughout the world.
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 the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical (Christopher Ashley) and four Olivier Awards including Best New Musical, Best Theatre Choreographer (Kelly Devine), Best Sound Design (Gareth Owen) and Outstanding Achievement in Music.
COME FROM AWAY is produced in Australia by Junkyard Dog Productions and Rodney Rigby.
Additional background information, images and videos available HERE
Tickets on sale now at: www.comefromaway.com.au
Venue: Capitol Theatre, 13 Campbell Street, Haymarket.
Dates: From 3 June, 2021.
Times: Tuesday 7pm; Wednesday 1pm & 7pm; Thursday 7pm; Fridays 8pm; Saturday 2pm & 8pm; Sunday 2pm & 6pm.
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