Today it has been announced that Rachel Tucker will be leading the West End cast in the hit Broadway musical Come From Away and it starts off in Dublin (Abbey Theatre) this December before landing at its new home, the Phoenix Theatre in late January 2019. The official opening night in London will be February 18th 2019.
Held at Canada House in Trafalgar Square this morning, the production announced the cast and we were given a little insight on the story and how the production came to be.
Come From Away is a true story based on 38 planes (7,000 collective passengers) that were diverted to a small town in Canada during the Twin Tower attacks on September 11th. The story is about communities and cultures coming together in a trying time and how gratitude soon turns into friendship. It’s a celebration of the human spirit.
With book, music and lyrics by Irene Sankoff and David Hein, our heartstrings are tugged from the first instant as the cast come forward to perform a few numbers from the show. Rehearsals don’t officially start until next month (today’s numbers were the result of only two days rehearsal) but as the cast sing ‘Welcome to the Rock’, ‘Me and the Sky’ and ‘Somewhere In The Middle of Nowhere’, we can tell that the quality and talent will be soaring high.
Joining Tucker is an equally phenomenal cast – David Shannon, Clive Carter, Nathanael Campbell, Jonathan Andrew Hume, Emma Salvo, Mary Doherty, Harry Morrison, Robert Hands, Cat Simmons, Helen Hobson and Jenna Bond. All playing multiple roles, Come From Away is a great example of ensemble theatre.
Directed by Christopher Ashley and musical staging by Kelly Divine, this Tony Award-winning musical may be coming from far away, but looks like it will be here to stay for quite some time!
The show is produced by Junkyard Dog Productions along with Smith & Barnett Theatricals. It is also co-produced by the Abbey Theatre, Dublin. Neil Murray from the Abbey Theatre exclaims how excited he is for the European premiere and how he looks forward to seeing this production with the collection of talented UK and Irish artists at the helm.
Sankoff and Hein greeted us through video message, as they are days away from the opening of the North American tour. They are in awe of the success of their show which they first believed would only be performed ‘in schools for students to perform against their will’. Now with the upcoming European premiere and West End engagement, the success of Broadway, the US tour, the confirmed Australian production and feature film in the works, they couldn’t have been more happy to be mistaken.
Come From Away is a different musical that the West End needs and is happy to make a home for. Be sure to get your tickets fast!
COME FROM AWAY
Charing Cross Rd, London WC2H 0JP
First performance: 30 January 2019
Opening Night: 18 February 2019
Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm
Wednesday and Saturday matinee performances at 2.30pm