I successfully purchased Rush tickets for yesterday's matinee, after reading fantastic recommendations from those who have seen the show. And wow. What a show. The entire thing is played to music, but I wouldn't consider it as being entirely sung-through as there's lots of dialogue. I cried and laughed in equal measure, which showed me that I really connected with the telling of this story.
The melodies accompanying the recounts of those involved complimented beautifully - and made this musical a rare first person recollection from a section of society brought together by tragedy. But this is not a solemn tale by any means, the heart of this story lies within the community spirit of Newfoundland and the surrounding area, who welcomed the grounded passengers on that fateful day in September, 2001. "Plane People" connect with each other and the "Islanders" in Newfoundland. As much as I'm desperate to see this show again I can't honestly see it coming to the UK, although a trip to Toronto in February might have to be arranged.
Of the four shows I caught on my recent trip to NYC, Come From Away is on an equal footing with Dear Evan Hansen as my favourite. Having said this, however, I think the Tony season belongs to DEH
As a side note, I have to admit that I now have the BIGGEST crush on Chad Kimball. What a fine specimen of a man he is, in those tight jeans and his manly thighs that slightly jiggle when he stamps his feet... I've digressed.
I finally saw "Come From Away" yesterday afternoon - a heartfelt musical about the stranded people in Newfoundland during 9/11 or as the show says 9/12. There's lots of hype for this one act 100 minute production and it didn't fail.... It celebrates human kindness, resilience, spirit and faith brilliantly with impressive performances from a cast that look just like your next door neighbours (real people). That said, I found it funnier and more entertaining than it was touching - and I wish they had pushed the real and raw angle more and balanced the emotion out (as well as adding a second act). I felt more sorry for the animals in the planes than the people in New York. Being such a sensitive issue - remarkably the show rarely goes there. I don't think the words Twin Towers were mentioned once. Still, a superb new show and the most creative I have seen during my trip to NYC. It will do well at the awards I think. 8/10 I'm not sure it would play in London sadly.
I booked a ticket to it because I have serious FOMO when i comes to musicals (I feel I wrote this before..). Anyway, I finally almost finished listening to the cast recording. Very Lord of the Dance. I don't get why they have an Irish accent or play a fiddle like that. One other pet peeve was how they introduce the Middle Eastern character with the mandatory tabla drum, clarinet from the dunes and an absurd accent. The actor playing the British guy also sounds ridiculous, and the pirate king narrating the story is annoying. It never occurred to me to see it, but I think it will do very well in this Tony season.
This is a lovely and heartwarming musical with a very hardworking ensemble. It is masterfully directed and the music is pleasant although no songs stand out.
The story is true but slight, there's little more to it than 'this small town takes in diverted plane passengers and helps them for a few days'. Whilst I admire them for not going for the forced emotional manipulation (that another Tony nominee does), the lack of any major investment means that I suspect that this will be a show that doesn't receive many repeat visitors or a devoted fanbase.
It's an ensemble piece and Jenn Colella has clearly stood out to Tony voters because she's the only one to get a solo. She's a very capable performer with a beautiful voice but for me she isn't asked to do enough to be worthy of a Tony nomination, particularly when Amber Gray and Brittain Ashford were left out.
Nevertheless, I was very moved at the end and it is so nice to see a musical about nothing other than the kindness and the goodness that humanity has to offer, particularly after this week. If Comet can't take home its rightful Best Musical Tony, then I hope this show does. If not, this deserves Best Book over the mess of DEH's, the admirable confusion of Comet's and the repetitiveness of Groundhog's.
I was underwhelmed, which I suspected was going to be the case, having read enough about it, seen clips and listened to the cast recording. I generally don't really enjoy ensemble shows, the music is certainly not my cup of tea, and the plot is weak despite a good premise. I agree with you about Jenn- great performer, and she kills that solo she has towards the end, but I don't understand how this is a Tony-worthy performance.