International success story, COME FROM AWAY continues to attract accolades around the world, after today receiving the most nominations in the 2020 Green Room Awards.
COME FROM AWAY is nominated for the Ensemble Award, along with the Production Award. Christopher Ashley is nominated for the Direction Award; Kelly Devine for Excellence in Choreography; Howell Binkley for the Lighting Design Award; Toni Leslie James forthe Costume Design Award; Beowulf Boritt forthe Set Design Award; Gareth Owen for the Sound Design Award and Luke Hunter for the Musical Direction Award for his Body of Work which includes his work on COME FROM AWAY and Jersey Boys. Cast membersRichard Piper and Zoe Gertz are also nominated for Lead roles.
The Green Room Awards panel assessed 340 shows for the 2020 awards, with COME FROM AWAY leading the charge with eleven nominations. The 2020 winners will be announced at a ceremony on Monday 30 March in Melbourne.
COME FROM AWAY has won numerous international awards including the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical (Christopher Ashley); five Outer Critics Circle Awards (New York) including Outstanding New Broadway Musical; three Drama Desk Awards (New York) including Outstanding Musical, four Helen Hayes Awards (Washington, D.C) including Outstanding Production of a Musical, four Gypsy Rose Lee Awards (Seattle) including Excellence in production of a Musical and six San Diego Critics Circle Awards including Outstanding New Musical.
In addition, it received 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 Ticketmaster ‘Ticket of the Year’ award for 2019, and recently took out the Drama Victoria award for Best Performance by a Theatre Company.
The critically acclaimed production, which opened in Melbourne in July 2019, continues to attract spontaneous standing ovations from the entire audience at each and every performance.
Currently there are five productions of COME FROM AWAY playing simultaneously around the world. 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 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).