Music Theatre International Acquires Worldwide Licensing Rights To Come From Away
OPENING ON BROADWAY SUNDAY, MARCH 12, 2017
AT THE GERALD SCHOENFELD THEATRE
BOOK, MUSIC & LYRICS BY IRENE SANKOFF & DAVID HEIN
DIRECTED BY CHRISTOPHER ASHLEY
MUSICAL STAGING BY KELLY DEVINE
MUSIC SUPERVISION & ARRANGEMENTS BY IAN EISENDRATH
(New York, NY) Junkyard Dog Productions (Randy Adams, Marleen and Kenny Alhadeff and Sue Frost) announced that theatrical licensor Music Theatre International (MTI) has secured the worldwide licensing rights to Irene Sankoff & David Hein’s COME FROM AWAY.
"Having seen COME FROM AWAY in Toronto last year and now the reaction on Broadway, it is abundantly clear to me that this exciting new show is an uplifting crowd-pleaser that brings great joy to audiences of all ages. We see the best of humankind in the characters on stage and come out wanting to be better citizens of the world. I have no doubt that COME FROM AWAY will be a favorite among MTI's customers in North America and around the world," said Drew Cohen, President of MTI Worldwide.
COME FROM AWAY, which was recently nominated for 14 Helen Hayes Awards in Washington, DC, is playing at Broadway’s Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (236 West 45th Street), and opens Sunday, March 12, 2017.
THE MUSICAL COMPANY will release the COME FROM AWAY original Broadway cast recording digitally, and the CD will be available exclusively at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (236 West 45th Street), on Friday, March 10, 2017. The CD of the original Broadway cast recording of COME FROM AWAY is now available to pre-order on Amazon and will be released online and in stores on Friday, March 24, 2017.
Click here to download COME FROM AWAY production photos. Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy.
In a heartbeat, 38 planes and 6,579 passengers were forced to land in Gander, Newfoundland, doubling the population of one small town on the edge of the world.
On September 11, 2001 the world stopped. On September 12, their stories moved us all.
With a book, music and lyrics by Canadians Irene Sankoff & David Hein, COME FROM AWAY is directed by Tony Award nominee Christopher Ashley (Memphis), with musical staging by Tony Award nominee Kelly Devine (Rocky), music supervision by Ian Eisendrath (A Christmas Story), scenic design by Tony Award winner Beowulf Boritt (Act One), costume design by Tony Award nominee Toni-Leslie James (Jelly’s Last Jam), lighting design by two-time Tony Award winner Howell Binkley (Hamilton), sound design by Tony Award nominee Gareth Owen (End of the Rainbow), orchestrations by August Eriksmoen (Bright Star), and music arrangements by Ian Eisendrath.
COME FROM AWAY features Petrina Bromley (Stratford’s As You Like It); Geno Carr (The Old Globe’s Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas); Jenn Colella (If/Then); Joel Hatch (Annie); Rodney Hicks (The Scottsboro Boys); Kendra Kassebaum (Wicked); Tony Award nominee Chad Kimball (Memphis); Lee MacDougall (Stratford’s The Music Man); Caesar Samayoa (Sister Act); Q. Smith (Mary Poppins); Astrid Van Wieren (North American premiere of Mamma Mia!); Sharon Wheatley (Avenue Q); Josh Breckenridge (The Scottsboro Boys); Susan Dunstan (The Lion King US National Tour); Tamika Lawrence (If/Then) and Tony LePage (Rock of Ages).
Following sold-out, record-breaking, critically acclaimed engagements at La Jolla Playhouse, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Ford’s Theatre in Washington D.C. and Toronto’s Royal Alexandra Theatre, COME FROM AWAY landed on the “Best Theater of the Year” lists in the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Seattle Times, San Diego Union Tribune, and Toronto Star, and included in The New York Times’ “Memorable Theatre of 2016.” Charles McNulty of the Los Angeles Times called the show “An affecting, stirring and unpretentious new musical. Christopher Ashley's production lets the simple goodness of ordinary people outshine sensational evil,” and Bob Verini of Variety raved, “Superb! Canadians Irene Sankoff and David Hein have forged a moving, thoroughly entertaining tribute to international amity and the indomitable human spirit.” Peter Marks of the Washington Post called COME FROM AWAY, “a heartwarming, compelling and refreshing musical packed with goodwill. The score has an infectious vitality. My heart leaped several times.” J. Kelly Nestruck of Toronto’s Globe & Mail raved, “A gem! Powerful, heart-warming & very funny. A celebration of humanity. The tremendous buzz is entirely justified. Go see COME FROM AWAY,” with Karen Fricker of the Toronto Star adding, “Christopher Ashley’s sophisticated, tightly executed production has a driving pace that grabs the audience’s attention and barely let’s go.”
Tickets for COME FROM AWAY are on sale at www.telecharge.com (212.239.6200), and range from $47 - $157 (including the $2 facility fee).
The playing schedule for COME FROM AWAY is as follows: Tuesday through Saturday at 8pm, with matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 3pm. Beginning Tuesday, March 13, the playing schedule is as follows: Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 8pm, with matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 8pm.
COME FROM AWAY is produced by Junkyard Dog Productions (Randy Adams, Marleen and Kenny Alhadeff and Sue Frost), Jerry Frankel, Latitude Link, Smith & Brant Theatricals, Steve & Paula Reynolds, David Mirvish, Michael Rubinoff, Alhadeff Productions, Michael Alden & Nancy Nagel Gibbs, Sam Levy, Rodney Rigby, Spencer Ross, Richard Winkler, Yonge Street Theatricals, Sheridan College, Michael & Ellise Coit, Ronald Frankel, Sheri & Les Biller, Richard Belkin, Gary & Marlene Cohen, Allan Detsky & Rena Mendelson, Lauren Doll, Barbara H. Freitag, Wendy Gillespie, Laura Little Theatricals, Carl & Jennifer Pasbjerg, Radio Mouse Entertainment, The Shubert Organization, Cynthia Stroum, Tulchin Bartner Productions, Gwen Arment/Molly Morris & Terry McNicholas, Maureen & Joel Benoliel/Marjorie & Ron Danz, Pamela Cooper/Corey Brunish, Demos Bizar/Square 1 Theatrics, Joshua Goodman/Lauren Stevens, Just for Laughs Theatricals/Judith Ann Abrams Productions, Bill & Linda Potter/Rosemary & Kenneth Willman, and La Jolla Playhouse and Seattle Repertory Theatre.
American Airlines is the official airline partner for COME FROM AWAY.
COME FROM AWAY was originally co-produced in 2015 by La Jolla Playhouse and Seattle Repertory Theatre, and presented in 2016 by Ford’s Theatre in Washington, DC and Mirvish Productions at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto, CA. COME FROM AWAY (NAMT Festival 2013) was originally developed at the Canadian Music Theatre Project, Michael Rubinoff Producer, Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario, Canada and was further developed at Goodspeed Musicals’ Festival of New Artists, in East Haddam, CT. The Canada Council for the Arts, The Ontario Arts Council, and the Fifth Avenue Theatre in Seattle WA also provided development support.
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Music Theatre International (MTI) is one of the world's leading theatrical licensing agencies, granting schools as well as amateur and professional theatres from around the world the rights to perform the largest selection of great musicals from Broadway and beyond. MTI works directly with the composers, lyricists and book writers of these shows to provide official scripts, musical materials and dynamic theatrical resources to over 70,000 theatrical organizations in the US and in over 60 countries worldwide.
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