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COME FROM AWAY RETURNS TO THE CAPITOL THEATRE

It’s back! COME FROM AWAY came to Sydney, closed due to lockdown and has reopened to enthusiastic audiences, keen for an uplifting story. The award-winning musical is now playing at the Capitol Theatre until January 9, 2022.

These are just a few of the reviews from around the world: “a hit … a masterpiece … inspiring … who knew kindness and generosity could be so thrilling.”

In the 1930s the largest airfield in North America was in Newfoundland, a refuelling station in the pre-jet age. By the 1960s, the airfield was rarely used. Then in 2001, 7000 stranded passengers from 36 planes landed, redirected from their destinations when the US closed its airspace due to 9/11. The town of a few thousand residents sprang into action providing shelter, food, comfort and phones. The 7000 remained in the town for six days, until the US airspace reopened. Nerves ran high, uneasiness turned into trust and enduring friendships were formed. 

Canadian writing partners and married couple Irene Sankoff and David Hein wrote the book and then the score for the musical about the events of those six days. New York’s Junkyard Productions’ Sydney show includes performers from around the globe, including six from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. The seven musicians play a mix of Celtic and modern instruments, providing a rapid-fire pace to the show … Celtic, because being separated from the mainland, Newfoundland retained many of its early settlers’ traditions. Their folklore is unique, the people superbly hardy and their English accent very different. The term  ‘come from aways’is Newfoundland lingo for people from elsewhere. Continue reading COME FROM AWAY RETURNS TO THE CAPITOL THEATRE

STATE GOVERNMENT STIMULUS PACKAGE TO HELP THE ART SECTOR

The New South Wales Government has announced that it will provide a $75 million stimulus package for the performing arts and live music sector.

The package will be delivered in two stages:- Immediate support to provide relief to eligible organisations who are staging performances during the period covered by the Public Health Orders, and funding is to be made available to support eligible organisations to reschedule performances once it is safe for restrictions to ease. 

The package is intended to assist performing arts organisations and  live music venues to continue paying staff and performers, and  provide support for loss of box office venue where shows were shut down by the Public Health Orders.

This will be especially vital, as for the time being, live performance venues will be operating at 75% capacity.

The two images are  from the show ‘Come From Away’ which has only just started playing to current Public Health Orders in Sydney after the long lockdown.

Ben Apfelbaum

COME FROM AWAY @ CAPITOL THEATRE TO REOPEN 20 OCTOBER

Original Australian cast in COME FROM AWAY

Producers Rodney Rigby and Junkyard Dog Productions today announced that the worldwide smash hit, Tony and Olivier award-winning musical COME FROM AWAY, is preparing to reopen at the Capitol Theatre in Sydney from Wednesday 20 October.

With theatres able to reopen at 75% capacity until further advice from the NSW Government, tickets are now on sale for dates through to 28 November 2021.

Producer Rodney Rigby of Newtheatricals said, “We’re absolutely thrilled to welcome audiences back to experience this extraordinary show, and our cast are eagerly awaiting their return to the stage. Continue reading COME FROM AWAY @ CAPITOL THEATRE TO REOPEN 20 OCTOBER