“Come From Away,” the inspirational musical about a remote Canadian community that stepped up to support thousands of stranded air travelers after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, will wrap up its Broadway run in October.
The musical, which was a hit on Broadway and has been successfully staged around the world, is the third show to announce a closure plan in the past two days, as it becomes clear that with New York still attracting fewer tourists than it did before the pandemic, there are not enough patrons to support all the current productions.
On Tuesday, “Dear Evan Hansen” and “Tina,” two musicals that were selling strongly before the pandemic, both announced they would be shutting down late this summer.
“Come From Away” will end on October 2. It began performances on February 18, 2017 and opened on March 12, 2017; by the time it closed, it will have had 25 preview performances and 1,670 regular performances at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater.
The musical continues to tour North America and Australia and tour London. A filmed version of the stage production is streaming on Apple TV+.
The show was an unlikely hit – before it came to New York, the conventional wisdom was that locals would never embrace a 9/11 musical because the subject matter was too potentially upsetting. The producers, seeking to develop word-of-mouth first, took a circuitous route to Broadway, staging it in San Diego, Seattle, Washington, D.C. and Toronto before coming to New York.
But the show, which came early in the Trump administration, quickly became a hit, seen as a parable about welcoming strangers and building community.
The musical, which won a Tony Award for direction by Christopher Ashley, is based on real events that took place in Gander, Newfoundland, where 38 commercial planes were hijacked. The writers of the musical, a married couple named Irene Sankoff and David Hein, traveled to Gander a decade after 9/11 to interview locals and created the musical based on those interviews; the show was first performed at Sheridan College in Ontario, where a dean of the school, Michael Rubinoff, had tried to persuade someone that the subject matter would make a good musical.
The series’ original star, Jenn Colella, who played an airline pilot, will join the cast from June 21 through August 7.
“Come From Away” is produced by Junkyard Dog Productions, which is run by Randy Adams, Marleen and Kenny Alhadeff, and Sue Frost, who spotted an early workshop of the show at a festival hosted by the National Theater Alliance. musical.
The show’s revenue has dropped significantly since the pandemic closure of cinemas. Last week it grossed $461,760; in a comparable week at the start of June in 2019, it grossed $897,186.
On Tuesday, “Tina” announced it would be closing on August 14 and “Dear Evan Hansen” announced it would be closing on September 18.