Musical ‘Come From Away’ Showing at Civic Center

The North American touring cast of “Come From Away” is backed by a full band, and music fills the town as the characters learn how to get along after tragedy. Photo: Matthew Murphy.

With themes of love, gratitude and friendship, the musical “Come From Away” makes for the perfect post-Thanksgiving show.

“Come From Away” is based on thousands of true stories from passengers of diverted flights who were stranded in the Canadian province of Newfoundland after the events of 9/11. When the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration shut down U.S. airspace following the attacks, a total of 38 inbound flights landed at the Gander International Airport. For the town of 10,000 people, welcoming over 6,500 strangers proved to be no small feat. Even as cultures clash and tensions rise, unease eventually turns into lasting friendship.

The musical, a New York Times Critics’ Pick, was written by Tony nominees Irene Sankoff and David Hein. Tickets are on sale now, with shows running tonight and all through the weekend.

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