The Broadway show Come from Away made a tremendous impact on me when I saw it back in March. The show is about the way the people who were on planes that day were rerouted to Newfoundland. Once there, they were cared for by the residents of Gander. It is a loving portrayal of how people care for each other during difficult times.
Today, on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the cast will join others in a Day of Service. They will perform a song from the show, “Prayer,” on the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. Then they will work with others to assemble 500,000 meals to be distributed to individuals in need in the NYC area as well as provide supplies to those affected by Hurricane Harvey in the Houston and surrounding areas.
Thank you to the cast of Come from Away for your service.
The Broadway play Indecent plays its final performance today. One of the most highly regarded plays of the 2016 – 2017, Indecent won two Tony Awards and received good critical reviews.
When the play extended its run, a companion and I got tickets. It was a show well worth going to see.
Written by Paula Vogel, the story is about a play, God of Vengeance, written by Sholem Asch around 1907. Asch’s play is considered controversial because it speaks about the Jewish religion and and at first people tell him to get rid of it. Instead, the play performs in large capitals of Europe and is a success. It comes to America where it runs Off-Broadway and it does fine. When it opens on Broadway, it is closed down and goes to trial. It is found to be materials indecent for a Broadway stage. The story continues as the play moves back to Europe and moves through the Holocaust time period where it continues to be performed.
Indecent is a play with music. The performances by the actors and musicians were first rate.
At the End
It was impressive to see the audience’s reaction to this play. At several moving moments, sounds of “ohs” and sadness could be heard. The standing ovation was long and loud. And although standing o’s have become more common on Broadway, this was much more heartfelt and deeper than I have been a part of in quite awhile.
This play was originally scheduled for a closed run and it did have a well deserved extension. But it will be hard to walk by the Cort Theatre and not feel a few pangs that it is not there anymore.
Come From Away is a Hit this Spring 2017 Broadway Season
Although 9/11/2001 was 16 years ago, memories are still fresh in the minds of many people. You don’t see much theater dealing with this topic. So when I read that this show, Come From Away, was trying to make its way to Broadway, I was a little skeptical. Could a musical portray what happened that day in a compassionate way without being too dark? It took a long time for the country to recover. So what approach would a show use? Would it offer hope for the future?
The good news is that it does all of the above and more. Come From Away officially opened at Broadway’s Schubert Theater to some very fine reviews on March 12. I grabbed an available ticket during the previews because I did not want to miss a chance to see it. It was a very enjoyable show because it handles a difficult topic in a unique manner.
Irene Kankoff and David Hein wrote the book, music, and lyrics.
The story centers on the 38 airplanes redirected from their intended international destinations to Gander, Newfoundland. The location is a small rural village. However, the residents provided almost 7,000 stranded passengers and some pets with shelter, food, phones and moral support for about five days. Story lines about some of the passengers featured throughout the show include one mother whose son is a fire fighter in NYC. Another is a woman pilot who worked her way up the ranks.
The music is combination of rock, celtic, and a bit of folk. All songs are performed as group numbers. A few feature an individual cast member who tells their story. The ensemble approach works well in this show and it keeps the one hour, 40 minute production moving along without a slow moment. There is no intermission.
Obviously, one can see the compassion involved with the storyline, but where is the hope? It’s right there in the fact that people of all races, creeds, and colors can co-exist and help one another as actually happened during those five days. This show is a tribute to the fact that people are all just people down deep. Showing that care and respect for each person truly makes this show a joy to see.