A scene from the Broadway production of Come From Away.
A scene from the Broadway production of Come From Away.

Currently making waves on Broadway, including seven Tony Award nominations this year, Come From Away is embarking on a North America tour as part of the Broadway Across Canada 2018/2019 season.

Along with stops in Calgary, Edmonton and Ottawa, the 9/11 musical is set to play Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Dates for the Vancouver run are still to be announced.

Currently playing to packed houses at New York City’s Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, the musical is set in the week following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks when 38 planes were ordered to land unexpectedly in the small town of Gander, Newfoundland.

Centered on this historical event, the musical’s characters are based on both the real Gander residents, and some of the 7,000 stranded travelers they housed and fed.

Originally workshopped and produced in 2012 at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario, Come From Away went on to record-breaking runs in San Diego and Seattle, followed by productions in Washington, DC and Toronto.

Written by Canadian husband-and-wife team Irene Sankoff and David Hein, the musical opened on Broadway in March of this year, quickly becoming both a critical and box office success.

“From the first time we saw Irene and David’s telling of this extraordinary true story, we were passionate to share this tale of hope and humanity with as many people as possible,” say producers in a media release. “With the overwhelming emotional response the show has received from critics and audiences alike, we are thrilled to now be setting out on this journey across North America.”