Why Come From Away is a Must-See Musical
Perhaps it’s up to us, the everyday people, to try to make the world a better place in these divisive times. As the theme of this issue suggests, to spread the love. As the right attack the left – and vice versa – maybe we all need to go that extra mile. Lowering our guard, finding comfort in the kindness of strangers and helping those in need.
These are the themes explored in the spine-tingling Come From Away, the West End musical that’s based on a true story and has proved a word-of-mouth smash since its arrival from Broadway. The plot might not immediately scream warmth, love and positivity, given it takes place in the immediate aftermath of 9/11. Yet BALANCE is confident that you’ll walk out of the Phoenix Theatre a couple of inches taller than when you went in.
When 38 flights are diverted following the 2001 attacks, they wind up in the town of Gander in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. With global confusion reigning, it becomes apparent that this isn’t a quick pitstop: 7,000 passengers need shelter, food and, above all, compassion.
Thankfully, they came to the right place. At the risk of accusations of racial profiling, Canadians do have a reputation for… well, let’s just come out and say it: being incredibly kind. The research done by the play’s writers was extensive, with many of its plot threads being inspired by real-life people and their remarkable stories.
This is a musical to inspire, to help the spirit soar and to make you feel that we, the everyday people, can indeed make the world a better place. With the London run booking until May, do yourselves – and indeed, mankind – a favour, by enjoying this remarkable show.
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