Come From Away

The remarkable true story of the small town that welcomed the world. Coming to Melbourne in 2019. Waitlist Now!

Come From Away
Comedy Theatre

Theatre Address

240 Exhibition St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Creatives

Irene Sankoff and David Hein

Book, Music & Lyrics

Irene Sankoff and David Hein

Book, Music & Lyrics

Irene Sankoff and David Hein are a Canadian married writing team. Their first show, My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding (based on David’s mother’s true story) was the hit of the Toronto Fringe Festival, and then picked up for a commercial run by Mirvish Productions. It has now played and won best musical awards in the New York Musical Theatre Festival and across North America, with Sankoff and Hein performing in most productions. Come From Away was developed at the Canadian Music Theatre Project and Goodspeed Musicals’ Festival of New Artists, showcased at the NAMT Festival of New Works and enjoyed a record setting world premiere at the La Jolla Playhouse and Seattle Repertory, followed by Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C., the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto and the Gander Community Centre Hockey Rink. Come From Away won three 2017 Dora Mavor Moore Awards, four Helen Hayes Awards, five Outer Critics Circle Awards and three Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical. David and Irene were nominated for Tony® Awards for Best Book and Score and won the 2017 Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk awards for Best Book. Irene and David are proud members of the Dramatists Guild and ASCAP. Immeasurable thanks to all of Molly’s People, to everyone who helped us on this journey and to our extraordinary friends from Away and in Newfoundland for inspiring and trusting us to tell your story. @SankoffAndHein

Christopher Ashley

Director

Christopher Ashley

Director

Artistic Director, La Jolla Playhouse. Come From Away at La Jolla Playhouse, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Ford’s Theatre. Broadway: Escape to Margaritaville, Memphis (Tony Award® nomination), Xanadu, Leap of Faith, All Shook Up, Rocky Horror Show (Tony Award® nomination). West End: Memphis. New York: Blown Sideways Through Life, Jeffrey, The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, Valhalla, Regrets Only, Wonder of the World, Communicating Doors, Bunny Bunny, The Night Hank Williams Died, Fires in the Mirror (Lucille Lortel Award). Kennedy Center: Sweeney Todd, Merrily We Roll Along, Lisbon Traviata. La Jolla PLayhouse selected credits: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Darrell Hammond Project, Hollywood, His Girl Friday, Glengarry Glen Ross, Restoration.TV/Film: Lucky Stiff, Jeffrey; “American Playhouse,” PBS: “Blown Sideways through Life.”

Kelly Devine

Musical Staging

Kelly Devine

Musical Staging

Choreographer: Broadway: Escape to Margaritaville, Zhivago, Rocky (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics nomination’s), Rock of Ages; International: Rocky (Germany), Rock of Ages (West End, UK tour, Toronto, Australia ~ Helpmann & Green Room Awards); Opera: Faust (The Met & ENO), Wozzeck (San Diego Opera), Off-Broadway: Rock of Ages, Fat Camp, Frankenstein, Anne Wrecksick; Regional: Come From Away (La Jolla, Seattle Rep), Toxic Avenger, A Christmas Story and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Peter and the Starcatcher, Zhivago, Private Fittiings (La Jolla); Stratford Shakespeare Festival: Cabaret, Romeo & Juliet; Film and Television: “Mozart in the Jungle,” Wormword, Dear Dumb Diary, Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List.

Ian Eisendrath

Musical Supervisor, Musical Arrangements

Ian Eisendrath

Musical Supervisor, Musical Arrangements

Broadway/National Tour: A Christmas Story. Music Supervisor and Director of New Work at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre. 5th Avenue: Paint Your Wagon, Carousel, A Room With a View, Secondhand Lions, Aladdin, Vanities, Oklahoma!, On the Town, Sunday in the Park..., Cabaret, Into the Woods, West Side Story, Company, Sweeney Todd and Miss Saigon. Other regional: La Jolla Playhouse, Seattle Repertory Theatre, ACT, TUTS, Ordway, Casa Mañana, Banff Centre for the Arts. University of Michigan graduate. www.eisendrathmusic.com.

Beowulf Boritt

Scenic Designer

Beowulf Boritt

Scenic Designer

Broadway: Act One (Tony Award), The Scottsboro Boys (Tony Nomination), Therese Raquin (Tony Nomination), A Bronx Tale, Hand To God, On The Town, Sondheim On Sondheim, …Spelling Bee, LoveMusik, Rock Of Ages, Chaplin, Bronx Bombers, Grace, The Two And Only. Off- Broadway: 100 shows including The Toxic Avenger, The Last Five Years, and Miss Julie. Other Designs: The Seven Deadly Sins (New York City Ballet) and the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. He received a 2007 OBIE Award for sustained excellence.

Toni-Leslie James

Costume Designer

Toni-Leslie James

Costume Designer

Broadway: Come from Away, Jitney, Amazing Grace, Lucky Guy, The Scottsboro Boys, Finian's Rainbow, Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, King Hedley II, One Mo’ Time, The Wild Party, Marie Christine, Footloose, The Tempest, Twilight Los Angeles 1992, Angels in America, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, and Jelly’s Last Jam. Ms. James is the Head of Design at the Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Theatre.

Howell Binkley

Lighting Designer

Howell Binkley

Lighting Designer

Broadway: A Bronx Tale, Hamilton (2016 Tony winner), After Midnight (2014 Tony nom.), How to Succeed… (2011 Tony nom.), West Side Story (2009 Tony nom.), In the Heights(2008 Tony nom.), Jersey Boys (2006 Tony winner), Avenue Q, The Full Monty, Parade and Kiss of the Spider Woman(1993 Tony nom./Olivier and Dora winner). Co-founder/resident lighting designer: Parsons Dance.

Gareth Owen

Sound Design

Gareth Owen

Sound Design

Olivier’s: Memphis and Merrily We Roll Along, Top Hat and End Of The Rainbow. Tony’s: A Little Night Music and End Of The Rainbow. Currently: Bronx Tale, Come From Away on Broadway; Bat Out Of Hell, 42nd Street, Wind In The Willows, In The Heights, in London’s West End; Hunchback Of Notre Dame, Little Mermaid, Singin’ In The Rainworldwide; Sister Act, Beauty & The Beast, Bodyguard, Schikaneder in Europe. 270 other musicals around the world.

August Eriksmoen

Orchestrations

August Eriksmoen

Orchestrations

Broadway: Orchestrations: Bright Star (Tony nom.), Gigi, First Date, Hugh Jackman Back On Broadway (additional orchestrations); The Addams Family (dance arrangements, additional orchestrations), Memphis(dance arrangements), Million Dollar Quartet (assoc. music supervisor), Ring of Fire(assoc. MD), All Shook Up (MD), Rent (assoc. conductor). Off-Broadway: Bare, Romantic Poetry, Walmartopia, Imperfect Chemistry. Other: Disney’s Descendants (Andrew Lippa’s “Evil Like Me”), 2011 Billboard Music Awards, I Am Harvey Milk, Bull Durham, James and the Giant Peach.

Luke Hunter

Musical Director

Luke Hunter

Musical Director

Luke was Musical Director for the Australian production of Jersey Boys, for which he received both Helpmann and Green Room Awards for Best Musical Direction. Other Musical Direction credits include: Kinky Boots, The Sound of Music, Grease, The Addams Family, The Rocky Horror Show, Shout!, Oh! What a Night, Leader of the Pack, Eddie Perfect’s Up, and Burn the Floor. Luke is a composer, arranger, and co-creator of iPhone App Warm Me Up! which provides vocal warm-ups to singers worldwide.

Joel Goldes

Dialect Coach

Joel Goldes

Dialect Coach

Come From Away (La Jolla, Seattle, DC, Toronto), Memphis(La Jolla Playhouse). Film/TV: Birth of A Nation, “24: Legacy,” Fifty Shades of Grey, Fury, “The Crazy Ones,” “After Earth,” “Hatfields & McCoys,” “True Blood,” “24,” The Hangover. In memory of mentor Dudley Knight. TheDialectCoach.com

Richard J. Hinds

Associate Choreographer

Richard J. Hinds

Associate Choreographer

Broadway: Newsies, Jekyll & Hyde, Il Divo: A Musical Affair. Off-Broadway: Here Lies Love. National/U.K. tour: 9 to 5, High School Musical. Regional: La Jolla Playhouse, Old Globe, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, 5th Avenue, Gateway Playhouse, Ogunquit Playhouse, Flat Rock Playhouse. TV: Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, “America’s Got Talent,” “The Bethenny Show” and “Good Afternoon America.” Thank you Kelly! richardjhinds.com

Lynne Ruthven

Casting Director

Lynne Ruthven

Casting Director

Lynne has worked as a Casting Director on a range of national and international productions for 30 years. Recent credits Include. Theatre: The Play That Goes Wrong, Fawlty Towers Live on stage, Hugh Jackman Broadway to OZ, Matilda The Musical, Strictly Ballroom, A Murder Is Announced, The Mousetrap 60th Anniversary Tour, Rock Of Ages, Jersey Boys, Billy Elliot the Musical, MAMMA MIA! Film: The Wheel, Robinson Crusoe. TV: Drop Dead Weird, Dance Academy, Answered By Fire.