Members of Come From Away will hold a free Broadway musical concert at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. It will take place at 6 pm Eastern Time on September 10 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of 9/11. The event is produced by the Ford Theatre Association, with a modified stage with minimal props and costumes.
The 100-minute performance was rain or shine. As previously announced, “Come from Away” produced by Broadway will resume at the Schoenfeld Theater on September 21st. The shooting version of the stage work will be released on Apple TV+ this fall.
“There is no more suitable or inspiring place to stage this wonderful story than the Lincoln Memorial, to commemorate the better angel in our human nature,” said Paul R Tetreault. He is the director of the Ford Theatre. Said in a statement. “On the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 incident, we are honored to present this story of courage, communion, and compassion. We are grateful for the opportunity to do so in person. We welcome the audience to come back and experience the power of live drama together again.”
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Come from Away is a Canadian musical, composed by Irene Sankoff and David Hein, including books, music, and lyrics. It took place a week after the September 11 attack. And it tells the true story of what happened when 38 planes were ordered to accidentally land in the small town of Gander, Newfoundland, and Labrador, Canada as part of Operation Yellow Ribbon. The characters in the musical are based on (and in most cases shared) real Gander residents. They gave some of the 7,000 stranded passengers a place to stay and food.
It features books and soundtracks by Irene Sankoff and David Hein, directed by Tony Award winner Christopher Ashley. “Come From Away” is adapted from the true story of the isolated Gander community in Newfoundland. On September 11, 2001, 38 planes carrying thousands of people from all over the world were transferred to the airstrip in Gander. It turned from an ordinary day in a small town to an international overnight stay. People were not deterred by cultural conflicts and language barriers. They cheered the stranded travelers with music, open bars, and recognition that we are all part of the global family.
Credits featured image: Come from Away official Facebook page.
Credits: Broadway.com; Playbill.com