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COME FROM AWAY In Concert

  October 15, 2018  
COME FROM AWAY In Concert  
8 Benefit Performances Only 
January 23 - 27, 2019  | Holy Heart Theatre, St. John’s, Newfoundland 
Tickets Now On sale!
 
The made-in-Canada phenomenon that is COME FROM AWAY is coming to St. John’s, Newfoundland. The show that has become the toast of Broadway and Toronto, will play eight benefit performances in a concert version at Holy Heart Theatre from January 23 - 27, 2019
 
Net proceeds from this engagement will go to:
  • The six towns that hosted the 7,000 stranded travellers who landed at Gander Airport after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York. These six communities are Gander, Gambo, Appleton, Lewisporte, Norris Arm and Glenwood. 
  • Autism Society of Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • Community Food Sharing Association. 
Explains Toronto producer David Mirvish: “Together with Junkyard Dog Productions, the show’s lead producer, we have been looking for an opportunity to bring COME FROM AWAY back to the province that inspired it. Long before it played New York or Toronto, the show’s original cast played two performances of the show in concert at the arena in Gander. Over 5,000 people from Gander and the surrounding towns packed the arena. It was truly a magical time, made even more special because many of the people depicted in the show were in the audience, as were some of the ‘plane people’ who had landed at Gander Airport.
“The opportunity to return to Newfoundland finally arrived when we realized that there would be a short gap between the Toronto production’s transfer from the Royal Alexandra Theatre to the Elgin Theatre in January 2019. The show closes at the Royal Alex on January 20, 2019. It will take about 10 days for the set and equipment to be transported and loaded into the Elgin, where it will begin performances on February 5, 2019. During the time between the two engagements the cast would be available. So, that was our window.
TICKET INFORMATION & PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 1:30 pm & 7:30 pm
Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 1:30 pm & 7:30 pm
Friday, January 25, 2019 - 7:30 pm
Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 1:30 pm & 7:30 pm
Sunday, January 27, 2019 - 1:30 pm
Ticket prices: $29 to $99, plus tax
By phone: 709-579-4424
In-person: at the Holy Heart Theatre box office, 55 Bonaventure Ave, St. John's, NL 
“We canvassed the cast and band to find out if they would be willing to travel and perform in what otherwise would have been a holiday week for them. Before we could finish our request, all of them were jumping for joy at the opportunity to visit Newfoundland. Having played in Toronto for over eight months to standing-room-only crowds, they all cherished the chance to tell the story on ‘native soil’. Of course, they are used to Newfoundlanders visiting them backstage when they come to see the show in Toronto. In fact, there isn’t a performance when someone in the audience doesn’t bring a Newfoundland flag and waves it during the curtain call. But that’s not the same as playing to an entire crowd of Newfoundlanders.
 
“It’s taken a little while to make all the arrangements of this visit. We’d like to thank Cheryl Hickman of Opera on the Avalon for helping us make these concerts possible. As our local co-presenter, her advice and assistance have been very valuable.”
 
Authors and composers Irene Sankoff & David Hein say: "Our friends in Newfoundland are at the heart of COME FROM AWAY. From our very first trip to Newfoundland in 2011, when we began researching this story, we knew the province itself was the rock on which the entire play would be founded. We and our show have been welcomed so warmly and generously there, as the passengers were in 2001, that it feels like every trip back is a homecoming. To bring the work back to Newfoundland and to have an all-Canadian cast perform this show there is a dream come true."
 
Adds producer Sue Frost of Junkyard Dog Productions: “We are really looking forward to this Newfoundland engagement because the original company in 2016 had such an incredible experience performing in Gander. And although this Toronto company won’t have the opportunity to perform in Gander itself, they will be able to visit the town for a day immediately following the St. John’s engagement. Then they’ll have to hop on a plane and get back to Toronto for technical rehearsals ahead of the Elgin Theatre run. It will be a whirlwind visit, but an important one for them and for us."