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“Come From Away” Shakes the World on the 9/11 Event

If there is any serious-topic Broadway musical that made an impact in the heart of the audience, it would be the Canadian production of “Come From Away.” Songs like “Me and the Sky” and “Welcome to the Rock” drew audiences in when it was newly released in the theatres. The story follows the people of Gander who experience the news of the terrorist attacks in New York City on September 11th. Because of this event, the U.S. airspace closed down for safety and 38 international aircraft found refuge at the Gander airport.

Written by Irene Sankoff and David Hein and directed by Christopher Ashley, the Broadway musical touches on the timely topics of immigration in Canada and the United States. There was huge discrimination for people who are brown-skinned or whose background was in the Middle East. There were 6,700 who were displaced in Gander because of the 9/11 attacks, but the show itself focuses on a 12-person ensemble. 

There is an important line presented in the show that is, “They say no man is an island, but an island makes a man.” This can be heard from the song “Welcome to the Rock.” This is actually in reference to one of Shakespeare’s many famous lines because even though people can get isolated from contact on the island, family and friends are highly valued and that’s what makes connection so important.

All actors in this Broadway show handle multiple roles to show the numerous perspectives of actual Canadians who experienced the tremor and disaster of the 9/11 news in New York City. “Come From Away” doesn’t get old because it reminds people of the colorful beauty in connecting with people from all around the world. It resonated most with the even when Western countries were taking in Syrian refugees in 2016. The story has never been more timely in post-pandemic times when the world attempts to connect once again with their loves from afar, hopefully cultivating new bonds with their fellow neighbors and introducing them to peace and cooperation.


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