The “Come From Away” team responded on the occasion of the anniversary of September 11

This image released by Polk & Co. shows the cast for the Tony Award winning musical "Come From Away," in New York. (Matthew Murphy/Polk & Co. via AP)

Sydney, 2022-09-09 12:35:02. The “Come From Away” team responded on the occasion of the anniversary of September 11


New York –

On Monday, the cast and crew of the Broadway musical “Come From Afar” will have a rendezvous as usual with an aircraft carrier.

Each year to honor 9/11, they help pack thousands of meals for food banks across the city and perform for volunteers aboard the USS Intrepid.

David Heine, who and his wife, Erin Sankoff, wrote the book, music, and lyrics for “Come From Away,” said David Heine.

The musical is set in the small Newfoundland town of Gander, which opened its arms to the nearly 7,000 airline passengers who turned there when the US government closed airspace during 9/11.

Within a few hours, the city was overwhelmed by 38 planes of travelers from dozens of countries and religions, yet locals went to work their kitchens and clean spare rooms to make space and food for newcomers.

This year’s New York team visit to Intrepid will be bittersweet; It’s the last time the show has sent in actors from Broadway. Offer ends October 2 after five consecutive years.

But it is fitting that giving was one of his last acts. Few shows have left such a legacy of outreach to the community—concerts for cancer victims, fundraisers for farmers facing drought and even cast members handing out dollar bills to those in need on the New York subway.

“It was incredible to see our inspiration from Newfoundlanders and then let this story inspire others to do more good,” says Hein. It is humble to see Shakespeare’s quote in action: ‘How well the little candle receives its rays! So you light up a good deed in a naughty world. “

The bid has been on display since the first workshop at Sheridan College in Ontario, passing a hat to raise money for animal shelters full of new cats. A concert planned for later this month at Gander Airport will do the same “because cats never stop,” Hein says with a laugh.

Since its inception, the musical has not changed – led by director Christopher Ashley, who won a Tony for his work, but it seems to address different issues, depending on the real events taking place at the time.

The series’ first preview came on Pre-Broadway in the Seattle Reap – November 13, 2015 – just hours after 130 people were killed in a coordinated terrorist attack in Paris. Offstage, the creators wondered what they should do. Should they say something? change display?

“I think it was Chris Ashley who said, ‘I think we just did the show. I think this show says look for helpers. It says, Remember there are more of us trying to do good than people trying to do us harm. It says a lot once the story is told.”

When Ivanka Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau watched it in 2017 on Broadway, the issue was immigration and walls. Trudeau went up on stage and said he was delighted, “The world sees what it is like to lean on each other and be there for each other in the darkest of times.”

The COVID-19 pandemic has given music a different color, a sense of entering a period of uncertainty and reinforcing the idea of ​​community coming together. It was no surprise to Sankoff and Heine that the show’s costume department immediately began sewing masks for front-line workers.

Sankov recalls: “At a time when people were out of work and afraid that their industry wouldn’t come back, a lot of our company was saying, ‘How can I help too? “

While terrorist attacks are always present in the musical, the focus is on the Canadian response. The words “world trade center” and “terrorist” were both uttered only once. The creators like to call it “the 9/12 story.”

“We didn’t really want to make a show that was around 9/11,” says Hein, who was with his wife in New York on that fateful day. “We wanted to make a presentation about Newfoundland and how they responded because that gave us hope, unlike how we felt that day.”

The Broadway version may soon be gone, but the future is still bright for “Come From Away.” There is a North American tour, a production in London and another touring in Australia. A copy will open in Finland this month, one recently opened in the Netherlands, another in Argentina and one in Sweden.

“What’s amazing is how universal this story is. You have to change its elements within a language and within a culture. But the concept of welcoming strangers and a world coming together is something I think people are really thirsty for,” Henn says.

He, his wife and their 9-year-old daughter will spend the memory of 9/11 in Gander, at one of many concerts and features planned to celebrate the 21st year after the attacks.

“September 11th is a national day of service,” says Hein. “But I think what we’ve also learned is that any day can be a day of service — at any moment.” “Kindness is a daily practice and we can all use a reminder for every day.”

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