Broadway in Detroit: ‘Come From Away’ Debuts At Fisher Theatre October 1-13, 2019

Broadway in Detroit: ‘Come From Away’ Debuts At Fisher Theatre (Photo by Matthew Murphy) - via Wading in Big Shoes
Above: Cast of the first North American Tour of Come From Away | Photo: Matthew Murphy

[Disclosure: This post is written in collaboration with Broadway in Detroit.]

When I first heard Come From Away was making its way to Detroit, I was intrigued but didn’t fully understand the prominence of this show. I knew the Tony Award-winning musical was one people had been raving about for the past couple of years, but aside from that, I’d never heard the songs, didn’t know anything about the characters, and didn’t have a clue about the plot. And then I dug into the story behind the critically-acclaimed show.

It feels fitting that I’m writing this article on September 11th, because Come From Away tells the fascinating true story of 7,000 stranded passengers who found themselves re-routed to Newfoundland after the devastating 2001 attacks. While cultures clashed and nerves ran high, uneasiness between passengers and locals made way for trust and gratitude, yielding unexpected friendships. Inspired by real people, the characters in Come From Away will affect audiences with their moving stories.

Come From Away In Detroit: Show Details

Broadway in Detroit: ‘Come From Away’ Debuts At Fisher Theatre (Photo by Matthew Murphy) - via Wading in Big Shoes
Above: Cast of the first North American Tour of Come From Away | Photo: Matthew Murphy

Come From Away began performances on Broadway in 2017 and continues to play to standing-room-only audiences at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. Following its initial success, the musical launched a second company in Canada, where it also continues to play to standing-room only Toronto audiences. The show has won numerous awards, including a Tony Award for “Best Direction of a Musical” and five Outer Critics Circle Awards including “Outstanding New Broadway Musical.” And if all that weren’t enough, Come From Away will also be getting the big screen treatment when it’s adapted into a feature film by The Mark Gordon Company.

With a book, music and lyrics by Tony and Grammy Award nominees Irene Sankoff & David Hein, Come From Away is directed by Tony Award winner Christopher Ashley (Come From Away), musical staging by two-time Tony nominee Kelly Devine (Come From Away, Rocky), with music supervision by Grammy nominee Ian Eisendrath (Come From Away), 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 Tony nominee August Eriksmoen (Bright Star), music arrangements by Grammy nominee Ian Eisendrath, and casting by Telsey + Company.

The touring production of Come From Away stars Kevin Carolan (Disney’s Newsies), Harter Clingman (Peter and The Starcatcher), Nick Duckart (In the Heights), Chamblee Ferguson, Becky Gulsvig (School of Rock the Musical), Julie Johnson (Memphis), Christine Toy Johnson (The Music Man), James Earl Jones II (The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess), Megan McGinnis (Les Misérables), Andrew Samonsky (South Pacific), Danielle K. Thomas (Avenue Q), Emily Walton (August Osage County), Marika Aubrey, Jane Bunting, Michael Brian Dunn, Julie Garnyé, Adam Halpin, and Aaron Michael Ray.

Come From Away in Detroit: Show Dates & Ticket Info

Broadway in Detroit: ‘Come From Away’ Debuts At Fisher Theatre (Photo by Matthew Murphy) - via Wading in Big Shoes
Above: Cast of the first North American Tour of Come From Away | Photo: Matthew Murphy

Show Dates:

October 1-13, 2019

Location:

The Fisher Theatre, 3011 West Grand Blvd., Detroit

Performance Times:

* Tuesday through Saturday evening performances at 8:00 p.m.
* Sunday evening performances at 7:30 p.m.
* Saturday & Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m.
* Special open-captioned and audio-described performance on Sunday, October 6 at 7:30 p.m.

Ticket Info:

Tickets for Come From Away start at $39 (includes facility and parking fees) and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased online at www.broadwayindetroit.com or www.ticketmaster.com, and by phone at 800-982-2787. A limited number of premium seats will be available through Ticketmaster and at the Fisher Theatre box office. For group sales (10 or more) please call 313-871-1132 or email groups@broadwayindetroit.com. Tickets for the open captioned and audio described performance may be purchased in person at the Fisher Theatre box office or by phone at 313-872-1000, ext. 0. Performance schedule, prices and cast are subject to change without notice.

**NOTE: I am not an official representative of Broadway in Detroit. Please visit www.broadwayindetroit.com for the most up-to-date information on this show and upcoming shows.

Broadway in Detroit: ‘Come From Away’ Debuts At Fisher Theatre (Photo by Matthew Murphy) - via Wading in Big Shoes
Above: Cast of the first North American Tour of Come From Away | Photo: Matthew Murphy

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