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Filmed Come From Away Broadway production to be released

The show is heading for the screen

The West End Come From Away cast
The West End Come From Away cast
© Dan Wooller for WhatsOnStage

The Broadway production of Come From Away will be filmed live at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre this May, for a planned September 2021 release (marking 20 years since 9/11). The live filming will employ 222 people, including members of the Broadway cast, crew, and creative tames.

Featuring a book, music, and lyrics by Irene Sankoff and David Hein, Come From Away is directed by Tony winner Christopher Ashley and choreographed by Kelly Devine. Set against the backdrop of the tragic events of September 11, 2001, the show follows what happens when 38 planes and 6,579 passengers are forced to land in Gander, Newfoundland, doubling the population of "one small town on the edge of the world."

Christopher Ashley will direct the live taping, as he did with the filmed adaptation of Diana, which is expected to hit Netflix later this year. Alchemy Production Group will provide stage production and general management. RadicalMedia will film the production, as they did for Hamilton and American Utopia. Entertainment One will produce and finance the live taping, after acquiring the rights to the musical in 2017.

We do not know if this is the same project as the reported film adaptation. Markets and medium are to be revealed.

Casting for the taped Come From Away is still to be announced – it is said to feature ensemble members from the Broadway show – The Hollywood Reporter has claimed that the original company will return. The show won the WhatsOnStage Award for Best New Musical last year.

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