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.