Global sensation, COME FROM AWAY has added to its international award tally with four Olivier Awards including: Best New Musical; Best Theatre Choreographer – Kelly Devine; Best Sound Design – Gareth Owen; and Outstanding Achievement in Music – Book, Music and Lyrics: David Hein and Irene Sankoff; Music Supervisor, Arrangements: Ian Eisendrath; Orchestrations: August Eriksmoen; Musical Directly/UK Music Supervisor: Alan Berry; and the band of COME FROM AWAY.
These Olivier acknowledgements bring the musical’s total number of awards to 35, after being honoured all across North America, including the Tony Award for Best Director for Christopher Ashley.
Held at a ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London on Sunday 7 April, these further accolades come after an extraordinary slew of rave reviews of the West End production, and the Best New Musical nod marks the first Olivier Award for Australian producer, Rodney Rigby.
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.
A worldwide success story, COME FROM AWAY 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, alongside the recently opened West End production.
The much-anticipated Australian premiere opens at the newly refurbished Comedy Theatre in Melbourne on Saturday 20 July.