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‘Come From Away’ sells out in Winnipeg

The Canadian cast of “Come From Away,” which recently opened in Winnipeg. Newfoundlander Greg Hawco, who plays percussion in the show, is in the back holding the bodhran.
The Canadian cast of “Come From Away,” which recently opened in Winnipeg. Newfoundlander Greg Hawco, who plays percussion in the show, is in the back holding the bodhran. - Submitted

The four-week Winnipeg run of “Come From Away’ sold out a month before it even opened. When an extra show was added, it sold out right away, too.

Now that the Canadian production of the hit Broadway musical has opened in Winnipeg, the positive reviews are coming in fast and steady.

It’s the debut of the Canadian production of the show, which will run at Winnipeg’s Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre before moving to Toronto’s Royal Alexandra Theatre for the season as of Feb. 13.

The original Broadway production of “Come From Away” — starring Newfoundlanders Petrina Bromley onstage and Romano Di Nillo as percussionist in the band — has earned a Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical and a Grammy Award nomination for Best Musical Theatre Album (among other accolades), and a Hollywood movie is in the works. A third “Come From Away” cast will launch a North American tour this fall.

The musical is inspired by the events of Sept. 11, 2001 in Gander, when 38 airplanes were forced to land in the town when airspace was closed due to terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C.

The story is based on the experiences of the nearly 7,000 stranded airline passengers and the residents of the Gander area who took them in.

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