“New musicals in the West End are few and far between and to have a show as innovative as Come from Away moving in, we are soaring with delight”
A new show is flying into the Phoenix Theatre next year! Come From Away, the Tony Award winning musical, finds a new home in the West End from January 2019. The remarkably true story based on planes being diverted to a small Canadian town due to the 9/11 attacks (collectively bringing with them 7,000 passengers) stars musical theatre sensation Rachel Tucker and a fantastic cast of talents from the UK and Ireland.
The European premiere will be at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin this December before flying over to London’s glistening West End. Music, lyrics and book have been penned by Tony and Grammy nominated writing duo, Irene Sankoff and David Hein. Directed by Christopher Ashley (who won the Tony in 2017 for Best Direction of a Musical), the show is about the tenacity of the human spirit and the kindness shared to those in times of need. Tissues at the ready, folks!
The multiple role show consists of an impeccable cast – Rachel Tucker, Jenna Boyd, Nathan Campbell, Clive Carter, Mary Doherty, Robert Hands, Helen Hobson, Jonathan Andrew Hume, Harry Morrison, Emma Salvo, David Shannon and Cat Simmons. As we were treated to a few numbers from the show at the musicals official launch in Canada House, Trafalgar Square, this ensemble cast show that the West End is in for something very special indeed! Harmonies are tight and the music is universally appealing – especially the final number previewed, “Somewhere In The Middle of Nowhere”.
Come From Away will be produced by Smith and Barnett Theatricals, Junkyard Dog Productions as well as the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, who are credited as co-producer. Rehearsals begin next month and the whole team are eagerly awaiting to take flight.
Sankoff and Hein discussed how they never imagined Come From Away to be as successful as it has been. They assumed the show would be produced by smaller theatre companies and schools due to its subject matter but now with the accolades under their belts, multiple international productions and even a film version in the works, they are very happy to have been wrong.
We at The Phoenix Arts Club welcome our new neighbours with open arms! New musicals in the West End are few and far between and to have a show as innovative as Come From Away moving in, we are soaring with delight.
Photo Credit: Helen Maybanks