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

Come From Away lands in Melbourne in August and Sydney in November

Producers Rodney Rigby and Junkyard Dog Productions today announced that worldwide smash hit, Tony and Olivier award-winning musical COME FROM AWAY will play at Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre from 27 August, with a season at Theatre Royal Sydney from 5 November.

Producer Rodney Rigby said, “COME FROM AWAY is the perfect show for our time; an opportunity to come together and celebrate an inspirational story of hope and humanity. The reception for this show across Australia has been ecstatic and we are thrilled to be sharing it with audiences in Melbourne and Sydney again later this year.”

Melbourne has had a love affair with this world class production, taking the city by storm when the musical premiered in July 2019. Enjoying months of standing ovations and universal acclaim, it went on to break box office records to become the most successful production in the Comedy Theatre’s 94-year history.

The musical opened in Sydney in June 2021, immediately garnering rapturous reviews and accolades from audiences, before being ravaged by Covid outbreaks, shutdowns and restrictions.

COME FROM AWAY recommences a national tour in July 2022, premiering at HOTA on the Gold Coast, before moving to Melbourne for a strictly limited season in August, followed by Sydney in November and Canberra in 2023.

Tickets for the Melbourne season are on sale on Monday 6 June, with tickets for the Sydney season on sale on Tuesday 14 June.

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

Award-winning writers David Hein and Irene Sankoff travelled to Newfoundland and interviewed thousands of locals, turning their stories into an inspiring musical to share with the world.

The outstanding ensemble includes Kyle Brown, Zoe Gertz, Manon Gunderson-Briggs, Douglas Hansell, Kat Harrison, Joe Kosky, Phillip Lowe, Joseph Naim, Sarah Nairne, Natalie O’Donnell, Emma Powell, David Silvestri, together with Kaya Byrne, Jeremy Carver-James, Noni McCallum, Michael Lee Porter, Alana Tranter and Jasmine Vaughns.

TICKETS ON SALE FOR HOTA SEASON OF GLOBAL HIT MUSICAL COME FROM AWAY

Producers Rodney Rigby and Junkyard Dog Productions are thrilled to announce that tickets to the worldwide smash hit, Tony and Olivier award-winning musical COME FROM AWAY, opening at Gold Coast’s Home of the Arts (HOTA) from 7 July 2022 for a strictly limited season, are NOW ON SALE!

Set to inspire audiences, COME FROM AWAY follows the 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 welcomed the ‘come from aways’ into their lives provided hope and compassion to those in need. Award-winning husband and wife duo David Hein and Irene Sankoff (book, music and lyrics), travelled to Newfoundland and interviewed thousands of locals, compiling their stories to share with the world.

The Australian company took Melbourne by storm when the Tony Award-winning musical premiered in July 2019, and again in its 2021 encore season. The show enjoyed months of standing ovations and universal acclaim, breaking box office records to become the most successful production in the Comedy Theatre’s 93-year history. Its success continued with sold out seasons and rave reviews at the Capitol Theatre and at QPAC in Brisbane.

Producer Rodney Rigby said, “I am thrilled to be bringing COME FROM AWAY to the sixth largest city in Australia, the Gold Coast ahead of embarking on a national tour. It is a rare opportunity that a first-class musical of this calibre is being presented on the HOTA stage, exactly as it is seen on Broadway and London’s West End.”

Come From Away to premiere at HOTA in 2022

Producers Rodney Rigby and Junkyard Dog Productions today announced that the worldwide smash hit, Tony and Olivier award-winning musical COME FROM AWAY, will open at Gold Coast’s HOTA, Home of the Arts from 7 July 2022 for a three week limited season.

Set to inspire audiences, COME FROM AWAY follows the 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 welcomed the ‘come from aways’ into their lives provided hope and compassion to those in need. Award-winning husband and wife duo David Hein and Irene Sankoff (book, music and lyrics), travelled to Newfoundland and interviewed thousands of locals, compiling their stories to share with the world.

The Australian company took Melbourne by storm when the Tony Award-winning musical premiered in July 2019 breaking box office records to become the most successful production in Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre’s 93-year history. It is now in its third year of standing ovations and universal acclaim in Australia, after seasons in Sydney and Brisbane.

Producer Rodney Rigby said, “I am thrilled to be bringing COME FROM AWAY to the sixth largest city in Australia, the Gold Coast. It is a rare opportunity that a first-class musical of this calibre is being presented exactly as it is seen on Broadway and London’s West End on the HOTA stage.

The outstanding ensemble includes Zoe Gertz, Manon Gunderson-Briggs, Douglas Hansell, Kat Harrison,Joe Kosky, Phillip Lowe, Joseph Naim, Emma Powell and Katrina Retallick together with Kaya Byrne, Noni McCallum, Michael Lee Porter, Alana Tranter and Jasmine Vaughns.

COME FROM AWAY CANBERRA SEASON TO BE POSTPONED TO JUNE 2023

Producers Rodney Rigby and Junkyard Dog today announced that the Canberra season of the award-winning musical COME FROM AWAY, will be postponed due to the ongoing uncertainty and fast moving number of Omicron COVID cases.

Originally playing from Thursday 3 February 2022, the Canberra season will now open in June 2023.

Producer Rodney Rigby said: “It is incredibly disappointing to postpone the Canberra Season of COME FROM AWAY. Sadly, the effects of the Omicron COVID variant are causing havoc in the live entertainment industry, with all major musicals across Australia suffering considerable disruptions in recent weeks. Canberrans deserve to witness this remarkable production, free from the distractions of COVID, and we apologise to the many ticket holders inconvenienced by the postponement.”

Existing ticket holders to the Canberra season will be contacted in the coming weeks.

COME FROM AWAY will place its current Australian tour on hiatus after the final performance in Sydney on Sunday 30 January, 2022. The national tour will recommence in July 2022, with national tour dates to be announced soon.

COME FROM AWAY New Zealand season to be rescheduled

Producers, Rodney Rigby and Junkyard Dog today announce that the New Zealand season of the award-winning production, COME FROM AWAY, is being rescheduled due to the continuing impact of Covid-19 on the international border and the unpredictable nature of the Omicron variant.

Initially scheduled for 20 April 2022 in Auckland and 20 May 2022 in Wellington, the producers are disappointed to have to make this call but look forward to announcing the rescheduled dates shortly.

Producer Rodney Rigby said: “COME FROM AWAY has a large touring company and we felt it necessary to take a conservative view given the uncertainty around the reopening of the international border to meet our travel requirements.” Ticketmaster will contact ticket holders with new dates as soon as possible. Producers thank New Zealanders for their support and can’t wait to bring the production to their shores.

Australian production of COME FROM AWAY is preparing to reopen in Sydney on Wednesday 20 October

Producers Rodney Rigby and Junkyard Dog Productions today announced that the worldwide smash hit, Tony and Olivier award-winning musical COME FROM AWAY, is preparing to reopen at the Capitol Theatre in Sydney from Wednesday 20 October.

With theatres able to reopen at 75% capacity until further advice from the NSW Government, tickets are now on sale for dates through to 28 November 2021.

Producer Rodney Rigby of Newtheatricals said, “We’re absolutely thrilled to welcome audiences back to experience this extraordinary show, and our cast are eagerly awaiting their return to the stage.

“It’s a beautiful, triumphant show about human kindness and resilience, and couldn’t be a better reflection of the power of community spirit shown in New South Wales over the past few months.”

The smash-hit Broadway musical opened in Sydney on Thursday 10 June, immediately garnering rapturous reviews and accolades from audiences, before having to close down only two weeks later due to state Covid restrictions.

Proof of full Covid-19 vaccination will be required to enter the venue for all patrons 16 years and over, in line with NSW Government policy, and Come From Away has a mandatory vaccination requirement for all employees and contractors.

Any ticketholders who are affected by the reduced capacity limits will be contacted by Ticketmaster Australia.

Global hit musical COME FROM AWAY Canberra season to be rescheduled to February 2022

The Canberra season of the award-winning production, COME FROM AWAY has been rescheduled to February 2022, due to the ongoing uncertainty and disruptions created by COVID-19.

Initially scheduled for November 2021, it will now commence on Thursday 3 February at the Canberra Theatre Centre, for a limited season.

Producer Rodney Rigby said: “With the pandemic continuing to cause havoc in the live entertainment industry, it is necessary to postpone our Canberra season, but we’re pleased to confirm new season dates in February 2022.

After breaking a box office record at the Canberra Theatre Centre in its first week on sale last month, it is clear Canberra audiences are eager to experience this joyous and world class musical.”

At a time when the world is facing such challenges, COME FROM AWAY is a timely reminder of the triumph of humanity and the company is taking every measure to ensure that audiences feel safe, comfortable and secure when visiting the theatre.

Existing ticket holders will be contacted shortly.

COME FROM AWAY is based on the incredible real-life events in the wake of the September 11 tragedy. Set in Gander, Newfoundland where 38 planes carrying nearly 7,000 people from over 100 countries were redirected during this traumatic event, 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.

The Australian Company took Melbourne by storm in 2019, becoming the most successful musical ever staged at The Comedy Theatre and breaking all box office records. It marks the fifth production of the musical worldwide, joining international productions on Broadway, in Toronto, the West End and a US national tour.

In 2020, the musical added to its international award tally with five Green Room awards including Best Production and Best Ensemble. In 2019, along with being voted Ticketmaster’s ‘Ticket of the Year’ by Australian audiences, the musical won four Olivier Awards including Best New Musical, Best Theatre Choreographer, Best Sound Design and Outstanding Achievement in Music, along with four Broadway World UK awards.

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

COME FROM AWAY plays from Thursday 3 February 2022 at the Canberra Theatre Centre for a strictly limited season.

Global hit musical COME FROM AWAY breaks biggest on sale week record at Canberra Theatre Centre

Broadway hit COME FROM AWAY has broken yet another box office record, becoming the highest selling musical at the Canberra Theatre Centre in its first week on sale.

Canberra audiences have embraced the opportunity to experience the joyous, uplifting musical when it plays at the Canberra Theatre Centre for a four week season from 4 November 2021.

Tickets for COME FROM AWAY went on sale on Monday 19 July and it has surpassed the first week sales figure of all other productions staged at the theatre since it opened in 1965, including West Side Story and Mamma Mia! The Musical

Producer Rodney Rigby said: “It is thrilling to break another box office record with COME FROM AWAY, the reception for this show across Australia has been tremendous. We are truly excited to be bringing COME FROM AWAY, a world-class musical, exactly as you would see it in New York or London, to audiences in Canberra.”

GLOBAL SENSATION COME FROM AWAY TO PREMIERE IN CANBERRA THIS NOVEMBER

“It’s a beautiful show that will make you smile” Sunday Telegraph Sydney

“For once the hype is warranted: it turns out to be the most unlikely of commercial hits, a celebration of the power of community.” The Guardian Australia

Producers Rodney Rigby and Junkyard Dog Productions today announced that the worldwide smash hit, Tony and Olivier award-winning musical COME FROM AWAY, will play at Canberra Theatre Centre from 4 November 2021 for a strictly limited season.

At a reception in Canberra hosted by His Excellency Mark Glauser, High Commissioner for Canada in Australia, and featuring a performance from actor Zoe Gertz of the musical’s emotional show-stopper Me and the Sky, it was announced that Canberra will host a first class musical in COME FROM AWAY.

The ACT’s Chief Minister and Minister for Tourism, Andrew Barr, said this is an opportunity for the Canberra community to participate in a world-class entertainment experience.

“The season at the Canberra Theatre Centre of COME FROM AWAY – a major Broadway musical and huge international hit – reflects Canberra’s status as a creative capital. This is a huge opportunity to attract interstate visitors to Canberra and the themes of COME FROM AWAY align nicely to who we are as a city – progressive, open and welcoming.”

“I am delighted the ACT Government has the opportunity to support this award-winning hit musical. This is one of many major events that provide the local tourism sector leverage to encourage visitation to Canberra,” Mr Barr said.

Set to inspire audiences, COME FROM AWAY follows the 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 welcomed the ‘come from aways’ into their lives provided hope and compassion to those in need. Award-winning husband and wife duo David Hein and Irene Sankoff (book, music and lyrics), travelled to Newfoundland and interviewed thousands of locals, compiling their stories to share with the world.

 The Australian Company took Melbourne by storm in 2019, becoming the most successful musical ever staged at The Comedy Theatre and breaking all box office records. It marks the fifth production of the musical worldwide, joining international productions on Broadway, in Toronto, the West End and the US National Tour.

The production is currently performing to sold out audiences at the Capitol Theatre in Sydney, after a triumphant encore season in Melbourne from January 2021, followed by a season at QPAC in Brisbane from March 2021.

Producer Rodney Rigby said “We are thrilled to bring the internationally acclaimed musical COME FROM AWAY to Canberra. As the world collectively faces one of the greatest challenges in modern times, this show reminds us that compassion is at the core of our humanity. This is a story about unity, and about acting with kindness regardless of our differences.”

His Excellency Mark Glauser, High Commissioner for Canada in Australia said: “You don’t have to be Canadian to fall in love with COME FROM AWAY. It is a timeless story about a community coming together. As we approach the twentieth anniversary of September 11, it is a story that resonates more than ever.”

In 2020, the musical added to its international award tally with five Green Room awards including Best Production and Best Ensemble. In 2019, along with being voted Ticketmaster’s ‘Ticket of the Year’ by Australian audiences, the musical won four Olivier Awards including Best New Musical, Best Theatre Choreographer, Best Sound Design and Outstanding Achievement in Music, along with four Broadway World UK awards.

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

The production will play in Canberra from Thursday 4 November 2021 at the Canberra Theatre Centre for a strictly limited season.

SYDNEY OPENS ITS HEART TO COME FROM AWAY

THE CRITICS ARE UNANIMOUS: THE EMOTIONCHARGED 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.”
IndianLink News

“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.”
Time Out

“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.
Tickets: Tickets from $59.00* A handling fee from $9.20 per transaction applies

Groups: For 12 or more tickets email groups@ticketmaster.com.au

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