‘Come From Away’, Broadway’s musical therapy to heal the wounds of 9/11

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Manaña September 11, 2021 marks the 20th anniversary of a historic moment that marked a before and after throughout the planet: the 9/11 attacks. One day before, Apple TV+ will premiere the recording of Come From Away: Bienvenidos a Gamber, the celebrated Broadway musical created by Irene Sankoff and David Hein which was inspired by the air traffic freeze in the United States in the days after the brutal attack.

Come From Away tells the story of 7,000 people stranded in the small town of Gander, Newfoundland, after all flights to the United States were grounded on September 11, 2001. As the people of Newfoundland welcome the “come from afar “in their community, passengers and locals process what has happened as they find love, laughter and new hope in the unlikely and long-lasting ties they forge.

The version that viewers will see in their homes was recorded at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater in New York last May for an audience that included 9/11 survivors and frontline workers. The production employed more than 200 people, including Broadway crew members, staff, and creative teams. Most of the actors of the original cast have recovered their characters to immortalize the musical.

A proven success

“Come From Away: Welcome to Gamber,” the Broadway musical about 9/11, will be seen on Apple TV +.

The original story was already brought to the New York stages in 2017 by the Tony winner Christopher Ashley, in turn responsible for this filmed version that has been told by actors from the original cast of the play. On March 12, 2020, after almost three years and a month on Broadway, performances were suspended until further notice due to the coronavirus. On September 21, the musical will finally return to the stage.

The play received 7 Emmy nominations, winning the one for Best Director. In his jump to London’s West End the results were even better, being named the best premiere musical of 2019 at the Laurence Olivier Awards ahead of the acclaimed Fun Home and the musical biopic about Tina Turner that will begin to perform in Madrid on October 1 of this year.

A new trend in streaming platforms

The successful passage of Hamilton by Disney + has caused its competitors to look for their own musical recordings with which to diversify their catalogs. Come From Away: Bienvenidos a Gamber it will be the first musical on Apple TV +. On October 1 Netflix will premiere Diana: The Musical on a revolutionary movement for the industry.

Unlike previous experiments, the theatrical version of Diana Spencer’s story has not passed through Broadway stages before. The musical was going to premiere on March 30, 2020, until the closure of all theaters blew up its coming-out. Finally, the work of David Bryan and Joe DiPietro will be released on November 17. It will be interesting to see if the regulars of Broadway are willing to pay the expensive tickets of the musical for a play that they can see at home through Netflix. The industry is expectant.

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