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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

A Filmed Version of Tony-Winning Broadway Musical 'Come From Away' Is Coming to Apple TV+

The smash hit is based on the true story of 7000 air passengers who became grounded in Canada after September 11.
By Sarah Ward
August 05, 2021
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By Sarah Ward
August 05, 2021
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Come From Away has already proven an enormous success on Broadway and in London's West End. It has a heap of Tony and Olivier awards to its name as well. And, it has graced the stage in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney over the past few years, so Australian audiences have been able to experience its charms. Haven't yet been able to see the acclaimed musical? Already attended, but keen to give it a rewatch? Whichever fits, you'll soon be able to watch it from your couch, because the popular production is bringing its remarkable true tale based on real post-September 11 events to streaming from Friday, September 10.

Apple TV+ has announced that it'll be adding a filmed version of the hit musical to its online catalogue. Yes, there's a difference between a filmed version and a film. Come From Away joins Hamilton in falling into the first category, because this streaming release features a recorded version of the play as shot at New York City's Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. So, you'll be watching footage of a live version of the musical, featuring the Broadway cast (including original and current ensemble members) and directed by Tony-winner Christopher Ashley.

If you aren't familiar with the musical's plot or the actual events that inspired it, it's quite the exceptional story. In the week after the September 11 attacks in 2001, 38 planes were unexpectedly ordered to land in the small Canadian town of Gander, in the province of Newfoundland. Part of Operation Yellow Ribbon — which diverted civilian air traffic to Canada en masse following the attacks — the move saw around 7000 air travellers grounded in the tiny spot, almost doubling its population. Usually, the town is home to just under 12,000 residents.

To create Come From Away, writers and composers Irene Sankoff and David Hein spent hundreds of hours interviewing thousands of locals and passengers, using their experiences to drive the narrative — and, in many cases, using their real names in the show as well. The result is a musical not just about people coming from away (the term that Newfoundlanders use to refer to folks not born on the island), but coming together, all at a time when tensions were running high worldwide.

Since being workshopped in 2012, having a run in Ontario in 2013, then officially premiering in San Diego in 2015, Come From Away has become a global smash. After opening on Broadway in 2017, it was still running before the theatre district closed due to COVID-19. The musical wowed crowds in the West End, too — and, when it first opened in Melbourne in July 2019, it became the Comedy Theatre's most successful musical in the venue's 91-year history.

Along the way, the show has picked up a Tony Award for best direction of a musical, six other nominations, and four Olivier Awards out of nine nominations.

Apple TV+ hasn't released a trailer for its filmed version of the musical, but you can check out a clip from the Melbourne production below:

The filmed version of Come From Away will be available to stream via Apple TV+ from Friday, September 10.

Images: Jeff Busby.

Published on August 05, 2021 by Sarah Ward

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