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JUN 2017

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GROUP TRAVEL LE ADER T H E DIM THE LIGHTS BROA DWAY H A S BL OCK BUST ER S ON T A P T G U I D E THEATERS ' C O M E F R O M AWA Y ' Written by husband-and-wife team David Hein and Irene Sankoff, "Come From Away" sheds light on the remarkable true story of 38 planes that were forced to land outside a small Canadian town in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001 when U.S. borders abruptly closed. Stranded for five days, nearly 7,000 passengers and flight crew members find themselves at the mercy of the townspeople of Gander, Newfoundland, who rally to house, feed and comfort their unexpected guests. "It's an amazing story of how these people opened their hearts and homes to complete strangers," said Stephanie Lee, president of Broadway.com. Over the course of 100 uninterrupted minutes, the audience will laugh and cry with different characters, from the terrified mother trying to reach her firefighter son back home to a pair of passengers who develop an unlikely romance and a Muslim man who must contend with the mistrust and alienation of his companions. With so much turbulence in today's world, the musical is a refreshing reminder of the human capacity for compassion and resilience in the face of difficult circumstances. "Some people are put off by the idea of a musical about September 11th," said Lee. "But it's really a story about September 12th and the days following." "Come From Away" quickly rose to critical acclaim this year, receiv- ing nominations for seven Tony awards, including Best Musical and Best Original Score. W W W . C O M E F R O M A W A Y . C O M W ITH MOR E TH A N 30 R ESIDEN T PRODUCTIONS, THER E IS A LWAYS SOMETHING N E W H A PPENING ON BROA DWAY. W HIL E "H A MILTON" PR EPA R ES TO DEPA RT ON A NATIONA L TOU R, OTHER SHOWS A R E TA K ING CEN TER STAGE IN THE THE ATER WOR LD, SUCH A S THE HIGHLY A N TICIPATED BROA DWAY V ERSION OF "FROZEN," COMING IN 2018, A ND AWA R D-W IN NING R E V I VA LS LIK E "MISS SA IGON" A ND "HELLO DOLLY." FA MILY FAVOR IT ES A LSO CON TIN U E TO PACK THE- ATERS, FROM THE W HIMSIC A L TA L E OF A LOST RUSSI A N PRINCESS IN "A NA STA SI A" TO A BOY W ITH A LUCK Y GOLDEN TICK ET IN "CH A R LIE A ND THE CHOCOL ATE FACTORY." A S TR AV EL GROU PS W EIGH THESE TR EMENDOUS OP TIONS, THE Y SHOU L D CONSIDER THE FOL LOW ING M UST-SEE SHOWS FROM THIS SE A SON. B Y S AVA N N A H O S B O U R N Courtesy Broadway.com Courtesy Broadway.com STRANDED AIRLINE PASSENGERS BOND IN CANADIAN-BASED MUSICAL, "COME FROM AWAY." ANDY KARL STARS AS DISGRUNTLED WEATHERMAN PHIL CONNERS IN THIS MUSICAL ADAPTION OF "GROUNDHOG DAY."

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