Come From Away Wins Big at Helen Hayes Awards!
HELEN HAYES AWARDS FOR COME FROM AWAY INCLUDE:
OUTSTANDING MUSICAL PRODUCTION
OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE IN A MUSICAL
OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL, CHRISTOPHER ASHLEY
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL, JENN COLELLA
NOMINATED FOR 7 TONY AWARDS INCLUDING “BEST MUSICAL”, WINNER OF 5 OUTER CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDS INCLUDING: OUTSTANDING BROADWAY MUSICAL NOMINATED FOR 9 DRAMA DESK AWARDS INCLUDING OUTSTANDING MUSICAL
DRAMA LEAGUE AWARD NOMINATION FOR OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF A MUSICAL BOOK, MUSIC & LYRICS BY TWO-TIME TONY AWARD NOMINEES IRENE SANKOFF & DAVID HEIN
DIRECTED BY TWO-TIME TONY AWARD NOMINEE CHRISTOPHER ASHLEY
MUSICAL STAGING BY TWO-TIME TONY AWARD NOMINEE KELLY DEVINE
MUSIC SUPERVISION & ARRANGEMENTS BY IAN EISENDRATH
(New York, NY) The critically acclaimed new musical COME FROM AWAY, which has been nominated for 7 Tony Awards including Best Musical, won 4 Helen Hayes Awards last night including Outstanding Musical Production for the 2016 out-of-town production of COME FROM AWAY at Ford’s Theatre in Washington DC. The company of COME FROM AWAY was honored with the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Ensemble in a Musical and 2017 Tony Award Nominees Christopher Ashley and Jenn Colella, both won a Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Director in a Musical and Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical, respectively. The Helen Hayes Awards recognizes outstanding achievement in more than 90 professional theatres across the Washington metropolitan area.
COME FROM AWAY, which has been playing to standing room only audiences, features a book, music and lyrics by two-time Tony Award nominees and Outer Critics Circle Award winners Irene Sankoff & David Hein, direction by two-time Tony Award nominee and Outer Critics Circle winner Christopher Ashley (Memphis), musical staging by two-time Tony Award nominee Kelly Devine (Rocky), and music supervision by Ian Eisendrath (A Christmas Story). COME FROM AWAY recently won 5 Outer Critics Circle Awards including Best Musical, and has been nominated for Best Musical by the Drama Desk Awards and Drama League Awards.
COME FROM AWAY features Petrina Bromley (Stratford’s As You Like It); Geno Carr (The Old Globe’s Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas); Outer Critics Circle Award winner Jenn Colella (If/Then); Joel Hatch (Annie); Rodney Hicks (The Scottsboro Boys); Kendra Kassebaum (Wicked); Tony Award nominee Chad Kimball (Memphis); Lee MacDougall (Stratford’s The Music Man); Caesar Samayoa (Sister Act); Q. Smith (Mary Poppins); Astrid Van Wieren (North American premiere of Mamma Mia!); Sharon Wheatley (Avenue Q); Josh Breckenridge (The Scottsboro Boys); Susan Dunstan (The Lion King US National Tour); John Jellison (Memphis), Tamika Lawrence (If/Then), Tony LePage (Rock of Ages) and Julie Reiber (Priscilla Queen of the Desert).
COME FROM AWAY features scenic design by Tony Award winner Beowulf Boritt (Act One), costume design by Tony Award nominee Toni-Leslie James (Jelly’s Last Jam), lighting design by two-time Tony Award winner Howell Binkley (Hamilton), sound design by Tony Award nominee and Outer Critics Circle Award winner Gareth Owen (End of the Rainbow), orchestrations by Tony Award nominee August Eriksmoen(Bright Star), and music arrangements by Ian Eisendrath.
In a heartbeat, 38 planes and 6,579 passengers were forced to land in Gander, Newfoundland, doubling the population of one small town on the edge of the world.
On September 11, 2001 the world stopped. On September 12, their stories moved us all.
Following sold-out, record-breaking, critically-acclaimed engagements at La Jolla Playhouse, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Ford’s Theatre in Washington D.C. and Toronto’s Royal Alexandra Theatre, COME FROM AWAY landed on the “Best Theater of the Year” lists in the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Seattle Times, San Diego Union Tribune and Toronto Star, and was featured in The New York Times’ “Memorable Theatre of 2016.”
Tickets for COME FROM AWAY on Broadway are on sale at www.telecharge.com (212.239.6200) and the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre box office (236 West 45th Street), and range from $47 - $177 (including the $2 facility fee).
The playing schedule for COME FROM AWAY is as follows: Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 8pm, with matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 8pm.
COME FROM AWAY is produced by Junkyard Dog Productions (Randy Adams, Marleen and Kenny Alhadeff and Sue Frost), Jerry Frankel, Latitude Link, Smith & Brant Theatricals, Steve & Paula Reynolds, David Mirvish, Michael Rubinoff, Alhadeff Productions, Michael Alden & Nancy Nagel Gibbs, Sam Levy, Rodney Rigby, Spencer Ross, Richard Winkler, Yonge Street Theatricals, Sheridan College, Michael & Ellise Coit, Ronald Frankel, Sheri & Les Biller, Richard Belkin, Gary & Marlene Cohen, Allan Detsky & Rena Mendelson, Lauren Doll, Barbara H. Freitag, Wendy Gillespie, Laura Little Theatricals, Carl & Jennifer Pasbjerg, Radio Mouse Entertainment, The Shubert Organization, Cynthia Stroum, Tulchin Bartner Productions, Gwen Arment/Molly Morris & Terry McNicholas, Maureen & Joel Benoliel/Marjorie & Ron Danz, Pamela Cooper/Corey Brunish, Demos Bizar/Square 1 Theatrics, Joshua Goodman/Lauren Stevens, Just for Laughs Theatricals/Judith Ann Abrams Productions, Bill & Linda Potter/Rosemary & Kenneth Willman, and La Jolla Playhouse and Seattle Repertory Theatre.
American Airlines is the official airline partner for COME FROM AWAY.
COME FROM AWAY was originally co-produced in 2015 by La Jolla Playhouse and Seattle Repertory Theatre, and presented in 2016 by Ford’s Theatre in Washington, DC and Mirvish Productions at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto, CA. COME FROM AWAY (NAMT Festival 2013) was originally developed at the Canadian Music Theatre Project, Michael Rubinoff Producer, Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario, Canada and was further developed at Goodspeed Musicals’ Festival of New Artists, in East Haddam, CT. The Canada Council for the Arts, The Ontario Arts Council, and the Fifth Avenue Theatre in Seattle WA also provided development support.
Please visit: www.ComeFromAway.com.
WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING
CRITICS PICK! “THE CATHARSIS WE NEED IN THIS AMERICAN MOMENT. A gale of good will blows out of this smart, robust show. Even the most stalwart cynics may have trouble staying dry-eyed during this portrait of heroic hospitality under extraordinary pressure.” – New York Times
“BROADWAY’S BIGGEST AND BEST SURPRISE OF THE SEASON! EVERY NEW YORKER MUST SEE THIS SHOW. This timeless and emotionally fulfilling musical by Irene Sankoff and David Hein is a celebration of hope and optimism. The best stories of real-life tragedy shine a light on humanity’s incredible capacity for goodness, in spite of enormous odds. This is one of those stories.” – New York Post
“AN EFFERVESCENT MUSICAL ANTIDOTE FOR WHAT AILS THE AMERICAN SOUL.” – Washington Post
“IT DOES WHAT ALL THE BEST MUSICALS DO: TAKES YOU TO A PLAY YOU NEVER WANT TO LEAVE. A funny, charming and uplifting celebration. One of the best ensemble pieces in years!” - Newsweek
“A GROUNDBREAKING MUSICAL.” – The Huffington Post
“JOYFUL AND EMOTIONALLY RESONANT.” – Deadline