★★★★★ | Come From Away is a life-changing theatrical experience – a flawless musical that everyone needs to see.
Where: Phoenix Theatre
Review date: Tuesday 5th March 2019
About the Show:
Come From Away, a musical currently playing at the Phoenix Theatre tells the incredible true story of how the residents of Gander, Newfoundland welcomed the passengers of planes from around the world after 9/11.
Encore Rating Factor:
Standing Ovation: ★★★★★
On 11 September 2001, the world stopped.
On 12 September, their stories moved us all.
The above two lines are a perfect way to describe Come From Away. This one act musical currently playing at the Pheonix Theatre takes audiences on a beautiful journey of human kindness.
Come From Away is a five-star musical. With Book, Music & Lyrics by Irene Sankoff and David Hein, it flawlessly tells the true stories of the town of Gander, Newfoundland and also the passengers that landed in this small town. The story is a perfect balance of sadness, remembrance, hope and real-life. This musical is both uplifting and true, I applaud the brilliance of both Irene and David.
Telling the story of Come From Away are twelve actors and eight musicians, everyone who takes to the stage of the Pheonix Theatre is brilliant! The talent of all the actors and musicians individually shines through but it is as a company that they sparkle. Each actor and musician has their own moment within this epic tale but I truly feel this is an ensemble piece.
Every member of the Come From Away company deserves a mention but it is hard to break down each individual highlight. For those who are yet to see the show each cast member multi-roles to help share as many tales as possible.
Jenna Boyd, Alan Berry, Matt Bashford, Aoife Ní Bhriain, Nathanael Campbell, Clive Carter, Dan Day, Mary Doherty, Ray Fean, Joey Grant, Robert Hands, Helen Hobson, Jonathan Andrew Hume, Harry Morrison, Justine Quinn, Emma Salvo, David Shannon, Cat Simmons, Rachel Tucker and Mark Wraith all deserved the standing ovation at the end of this performance. The audience, with a tear in its eye and a smile on its face, was on its feet as soon as the final note was played.
Every element of Come From Away is sheer perfection with direction from Christopher Ashley and musical staging Kelly Devin, the action fills the stage and echoes the dynamics and pace of each musical number.
It has been a while since I have seen a show where the audience is still, engulfed in a story and hanging off every word and musical note. You will laugh, cry and leave the auditorium full of hope. So, welcome to the rock and remember we all come from away.