‘Come From Away’ to End Broadway Run This Fall In Latest Musical Closing
The musical, which features a book, music and lyrics by Irene Sankoff and David Hein, opened at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre in March 2017. Although the critically-acclaimed production had good attendance and grosses before the pandemic hit, there was a steady decline in gross sales.
Produced by Randy Adams, Marleen and Kenny Alhadeff and Sue Frost of Junkyard Productions, Come from Away tells the true story of 7,000 plane passengers who were diverted to Newfoundland on Sept. 11, 2001. Local residents stepped in to help the passengers, who were dealing with terror fears and uncertainty about moving to a new country.
“This journey, which started 7 years ago, has exceeded every expectation we could have ever had for Come From Away We are forever inspired by the unfailing generosity of the people of Newfoundland, and so grateful to the entire Come From Away Broadway family, onstage and off, many of whom have been with us since our world premiere at La Jolla Playhouse and Seattle Repertory Theatre,” the producers said in a statement.
A live capture of the musical, shot during the theatrical shutdown, was released on Apple TV in August 2021.
The closing announcement follows Dear Evan Hansen and Tina-the Tina Turner Musical, which both announced fall closures on Tuesday. All three shows, which had been running for a few years, were all popular before the pandemic, but saw grosses and attendance decline as the industry grappled with reduced tourism numbers and as they sought to compete with big returning brands, such as Wicked, and starry newcomers such as The Music Man.
Come From Away had a strong start when it returned this fall, grossing $903,454 and playing to a 97 percent capacity in the week of its reopening. The momentum slowed as the production and others dealt with the omicron and delta variants, as well as uneven attendance. For the past six weeks, the musical has been playing to capacities of 60 percent and bringing in less than $500,000.
In previous years, the production was nearly always sold out and earned more than $1 million per week. The Broadway musical recouped its $12 million capitalization in less than eight months.
Come From Away was nominated for seven Tony Awards in 2017 and competed against Dear Evan Hansen for the best musical Tony Award. Come From Away Director Christopher Ashley won the Tony Award for best direction.
Currently, there are four productions Come From Away that are being produced worldwide. The musical is currently being performed on Broadway. It also has a North American Tour and an Australian National Tour.
Another production of Come From Away is planned for Toronto after a July 2024 run at Ottawa’s National Arts Centre.