What surprised me most was the swing in emotions between each character and how easily the actors transformed from one to another with the addition of a hat or glasses! Not once did I confuse the tender caring Beulah the school principal with the highly-strung plane passenger, both played convincingly by Emma Powell (Les Misérables, Mamma Mia). Zoe Gertz (Camelot, Les Misérables) is the diligent pilot Beverley Bass who took flight with her solo Me and the Sky. The script treats Gander as a microcosm to highlight societal prejudices which tend to surface in stressful or dangerous situations. The contentious issues of discrimination are tackled with the Middle Eastern Kevin (Joseph Naim, Jersey Boys, The Lion King) being condemned and treated with suspicion by some of his fellow passengers because of his religion. However, the various stereotypes were amusing, not derogatory, with carefully crafted one-liners.
The exuberant cast and musicians displayed incredible stamina for the continuous 1 hour 45-minute show, flying high with oomph and pizazz until their final bow. Come From Away is a poignant and witty musical gem to rival any iconic Broadway show, acting as an emotive memorialisation of the time when the world stood still and air travel was changed forever.