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Critically Acclaimed Come From Away at Saenger Next Week

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Tickets are still available for Come From Away, the musical adaptation of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships.


On September 11th, 2001, as the full horror of the terror attacks became apparent, the US closed its airspace, grounding thousands of passenger jets heading in, out and throughout North America. An astonishing 38 of them were forced to land in Gander, a remote Newfoundland town with a population of just 9,000 people. The arrival of the passengers boosted those numbers to nearly 20,000.

Come From Away focuses on a single set of passengers from one flight and the Gander residents who welcomed them into their homes. Amongst this diverse set of characters is American Airlines’ first female pilot, a gay couple both called Kevin, and an Egyptian chef, whose initial apprehensions about the reception he will receive prove unfounded. Weaving together all of their storylines, the show creates an affirming portrait of human connection in the most trying of circumstances.

Don’t miss this breathtaking musical written by Tony® nominees Irene Sankoff and David Hein, directed by Tony-winning Best Director, Christopher Ashley, and musical staging by Tony-nominee Kelly Devine. The tour is directed by Daniel Goldstein with musical staging by Richard J. Hinds, based on the original Broadway direction and choreography.

Come From Away was the 2019 Oliver Award winner for best musical across North America. It was originally co-produced in 2015 by La Jolla Playhouse and Seattle Repertory Theater & presented in 2016 by Ford’s Theatre.

Come From Away will open at 7:30 p.m. on February 22 and 23 at the Pensacola Saenger Theater. You may purchase tickets here: https://www.pensacolasaenger.com/events/come-from-away/