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‘Come From Away’ favoured in Tony Awards

The musical “Come From Away” quickly became a crowd favourite among theatre-goers in New York City
The musical “Come From Away” quickly became a crowd favourite among theatre-goers in New York City

Many Broadway experts and theatre critics have tapped “Come From Away” to win the Tony Award for Best Musical this weekend, and SaltWire Network reporters will be in New York City and in Gander to capture the excitement.

The musical, written by Irene Sankoff and David Hein and based on the story of how the town of Gander and surrounding communities opened their homes to 7,000 stranded airline passengers during the events of September 11, 2001, opened on Broadway in March and became an immediate favourite.

“Dear Evan Hansen” is seen as the show’s biggest competition in the category, while other nominees include “Groundhog Day: The Musical” and “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812.”

“I’ve never seen something like this before, where a show goes from no buzz to everyone talking about it,” New York Post theatre columnist Michael Riedel told the Toronto Star this week. “We’re a tough bunch of cynics here, but people are really moved by ‘Come From Away.’”

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In addition to the plethora of theatre awards it has already won — including the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical last week — “Come From Away” is nominated for seven Tony Awards: Best Musical, Best Choreography, Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score, Best Lighting Design and Best Featured Actress in a Musical (Jen Colella, who plays American Airlines pilot Beverly Bass).

Newfoundlander Petrina Bromley plays Gander SPCA worker Bonnie Harris, and local musician Romano Di Nillo is also a member of the cast. Great Big Sea’s Bob Hallett was a music consultant for the show.

The cast will perform a number from the musical during the Tony Awards show Sunday night, but hasn’t revealed which one.

The Telegram’s Tara Bradbury will be reporting from New York City during the Tony Awards, while The Beacon’s Adam Randell will be on site at a community viewing of the awards show broadcast in Gander, where “Come From Away” producer Michael Rubinoff will also be in attendance.

The Tony Awards will be broadcast live on CTV Sunday starting at 9:30 p.m. Newfoundland time, with the red carpet pre-show beginning at 6:30 p.m. at www.tonyawards.com.

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