The story behind Come From Away is one that isn’t often brought up when recalling the events of Sept. 11. Audiences find themselves in Gander, Newfoundland, on the day of and days after 9/11. When U.S. airspace closes for precautionary reasons, 38 planes carrying about 7,000 people bound for the states are rerouted to Gander, almost doubling the town’s population. This musical touches on the compassion shown and friendships formed over the few days the passengers and townspeople spent with each other. This heartwarming story was long forgotten, due to the gravity of the attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C., but the musical brings the tale to life through masterfully interwoven storylines and songs that really pull at your heartstrings.
Come From Away • Aug. 9-13, Tue-Fri at 7:30 pm, Sat at 2 and 7:30 pm, Sun at 1 and 6:30 pm • $42-$100 • First Interstate Center for the Arts • 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. • broadwayspokane.com • 509-279-7000
— Madison Pearson