Musical hit comes from not so far away
Kenny and Marleen Alhadeff knew the musical Come From Away was going to be special early on. The Alhadeffs, along with partners Randy Adams and Sue Frost, are the lead producers of the show through their company Junkyard Dog Productions. In 2015, Come From Away was produced by Seattle Repertory Theatre.
Fast-forward a few years—and a few thousand rousing reviews—and the musical has taken on a life of its own. The show has enjoyed tremendous success on Broadway, where it was nominated last year for seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. It won for Best Direction of a Musical.
Come From Away will launch its North American tour with a nearly month-long run at The 5th Avenue Theatre starting October 9. It will be a homecoming of sorts as early development of the musical took place at the theater.
“It’s a musical about people helping people,” Kenny Alhadeff says. “It’s an important story that shares the light and decency of the human spirit in a powerful way.”
The musical is based on the true story of what happened in the tiny town of Gander, Newfoundland, in the immediate aftermath of September 11. Thirty-eight planes were diverted to Gander while the airspace remained closed. The stranded passengers were cared for by the town’s residents. The show resonates with the producers for its timely message.
The Alhadeffs are longtime WAC members and will speak about their role in the musical at a WAC reception for the Come From Away cast following the 7 pm performance on Sunday, October 28.
As published in the September/October issue of WAC Magazine.
—Posted September 7, 2018