See it soon, and you might even run into Justin Trudeau, #justsaying.
A brand new musical has hit the Broadway stage – this time with an uplifting story about generosity and love for strangers during a scary and confusing time. A heartwarming message, especially during today’s turbulent political landscape.
Have you ever wondered what happened to the planes that were due to land in New York following the horrific 9/11 attacks? They were, of course, diverted – but to where? Come From Away explores this 9/11 story that a lot of people have never even heard about.
“In a heartbeat, 38 planes with 6,579 passengers were stranded in a remote town in Newfoundland. The locals opened their hearts and homes, hosting this international community of strangers — spurring unexpected camaraderie in extraordinary circumstances. On September 11, 2001 the world stopped. On September 12, their stories moved us all.”
The musical follows the lives of passengers aboard an American Airlines plane headed to the U.S. from Paris, piloted by the first female American Airlines captain. All the passengers come from different walks of life – many don’t speak English and many have never been to the U.S. or Canada. When the diverted plane lands in the tiny town of Gander, Newfoundland, passengers are stuck on the plane for 20+ hours – this was before the age of cell phones, so the passengers had no clue what was going on, and couldn’t even contact their loved ones.
Once the passengers are finally released from the plane, they are welcomed with open arms by the Gander locals, who stayed up all night long to prepare for their arrival (the town’s population literally doubled overnight!). Throughout the next few days, unlikely friendships are formed and faith in humanity is reinstated. This is a story that reminds us that at the end of the day, we’re all humans, and when tragedy strikes, we have to lean on each other for support.
Come From Away is currently in previews, and officially opens on Broadway THIS WEEKEND (3/12) – so get your tickets now!