‘Come From Away’ wins five Outer Crit­ics Cir­cle Awards, in­clud­ing best mu­si­cal

Cape Breton Post - - Arts/ Entertainment -

Cana­dian the­atri­cal pro­duc­tion “Come From Away’’ has won five Outer Crit­ics Cir­cle Awards, in­clud­ing out­stand­ing new Broad­way mu­si­cal.

Mar­ried Cana­dian co-cre­ators Irene Sankoff and David Hein were hon­oured for out­stand­ing book of a Broad­way or off-Broad­way mu­si­cal, while Christo­pher Ash­ley won for out­stand­ing di­rec­tor of a mu­si­cal.

“Come From Away’’ star Jenn Colella was named out­stand­ing fea­tured ac­tress in a mu­si­cal, while Gareth Owen won for out­stand­ing sound de­sign for a play or mu­si­cal.

“Come From Away’’ is set in Gan­der, N.L., in the af­ter­math of the 9/11 at­tacks. The re­mote East Coast town saw its pop­u­la­tion dou­ble in size as it shel­tered 6,579 pas­sen­gers and crew from 38 planes di­verted when U.S. air space was closed on Sept. 11, 2001.

“Come From Away’’ tied with the Broad­way re­vival “Hello, Dolly!’’ star­ring Bette Mi­dler for the most over­all wins.

“Come From Away’’ will square off against “Dear Evan Hansen’’ and “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812’’ for best mu­si­cal at the Tony Awards on June 11. How­ever, off-Broad­way pro­duc­tions of those mu­si­cals were among those which had ei­ther been eval­u­ated, nom­i­nated and/or re­ceived awards from the Outer Crit­ics Cir­cle in pre­vi­ous sea­sons and were not up for con­sid­er­a­tion this year.

Now in its 67th year, the Outer Crit­ics Cir­cle is an or­ga­ni­za­tion of writ­ers and com­men­ta­tors cov­er­ing New

York theatre for out-of-town news­pa­pers, na­tional pub­li­ca­tions and other me­dia beyond Broad­way.

The awards will be pre­sented in New York on May 25.

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The cast of “Come From Away,” is shown in a 2016 hand­out photo.

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