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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