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Canadian 9/11-inspired musical 'Come From Away' earns raves in Broadway debut

Actors take part in a rehearsal for the play "Come from Away" in this undated handout photo. HANDOUT/Mirvish/The Canadian Press

Canadian musical “Come From Away” has scored critical raves in its official Broadway debut.

The story is set in Gander, Nfld., which sheltered thousands of passengers and crew from planes after U.S. air space was closed following the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

Sunday marked the show’s official opening on Broadway and the New York Times chief theatre critic Ben Brantley wrote that “even the most stalwart cynics may have trouble staying dry-eyed.”

He described “Come From Away” as “(a) portrait of heroic hospitality under extraordinary pressure.”

The Washington Post theatre critic Peter Marks wrote that the “effervescent musical, enveloped in Canadian goodwill, is an antidote for what ails the American soul.”

Theatre critic Marilyn Stasio of trade publication Variety described “Come From Away” as “that feel-good show that audiences constantly pine for,” and called the homegrown production “modest,” “earnest” and “life-affirming.”


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