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Come From Away: A New Musical - Review

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by Belinda Price (subscribe)
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Most musicals are based on fiction rather than fact but not with Come From Away, which is currently being staged at the Comedy Theatre.

Come From Away was written by the Canadian married writing team of Irene Sankoff and David Hein. It's the true story of Gander and how this small Newfoundland town 'on the edge of the world' opened their hearts and homes when 38 aeroplanes holding 6,579 passengers were redirected when American airspace was shut down, the first time in history due to 9/11.

Image by Jeff Busby. Supplied by TS Publicity

You may think a musical based around the midst of tragedy is rather unusual but it showcases the capacity of human kindness. When you first enter the theatre you're struck with how simple the set is with only 12 chairs and two tables.

'We are 'Welcome To Rock' with the ensemble of 12 actors. The cast for my performance included Nicholas Brown, Nathan Carter, Zoe Gertz, Sharriese Hamilton, Douglas Hansell, Angela Kennedy, Kolby Kindle, Simon Maiden, Sarah Morrison, Richard Piper, Emma Powell and Kellie Rode.

Come From Away is unique as it takes all 12 actors supporting each other as it tells the story as one, a true ensemble. All actors work together as they each play locals and come from awayers changing from one accent and character.

Under the direction of Helpmann and Green Room Award winner Luke Hunter; the music numbers tell the story as much as the dialogue. There are unique instruments from bodhran, fiddle, mandolin, various whistles, button accordion, octave mandolin and something called an ugly stick. All the music numbers fantastic but my favourite is "Me and The Sky" tells the story of Beverley Bass who was third female commercial airline pilot hired by American Airlines in 1976 and in 1986 went on to become the very first female captain.

Image by Jeff Busby. Supplied by TS Publicity.

It's the one musical that's full of emotion as it will make you laugh, cry and discover that you'll want to get on a plane to visit this small town in the 'middle of nowhere'. I've never been one to attend a musical more than once but I'll be visiting The Rock again as it's my favourite musical.

I recommend you book a ticket to see Come From Away and you'll understand why it's an award-winning musical. We as Victorians are privileged that Melbourne is the first city in the Southern Hemisphere to host Come From Away.
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Why? See the musical that was inspired by true-life events
When: 3 July - 21 March
Phone: 13 28 49
Where: Comedy Theatre, 240 Exhibition St, Melbourne
Cost: $75.00 to $150.00 plus booking fee.
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