'COME FROM AWAY' GOING TO ST. JOHN'S FOR BENEFIT CONCERTS
Oct 15, 2018
By Bob Komsic
Long before playing New York or Toronto, the original cast of ”Come From Away” played two performances in concert in Gander, Newfoundland.
With a window between the Toronto production’s move from the Royal Alexandra Theatre to the Elgin Theatre this January, producer David Mirvish says the show will play eight benefit performances in concert in St. John’s. (It closes at the Royal Alex January 20, 2019 and begins at the Elgin February 5.)
The shows will run January 23 – 27 at the Holy Heart Theatre, with proceeds going to the six communities that hosted 7,000 stranded travellers who landed at Gander after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Mirvish says cast members ”were jumping for joy” at the chance to go to Newfoundland before he could finish asking if they’d be interested. ”Having played in Toronto for over eight months to standing-room-only crowds, they all cherished the chance to tell the story on ‘native soil’.”