Play set dur­ing the af­ter­math of 9/11 is up for best mu­si­cal

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The cocre­ators of Tony-nom­i­nated “Come From Away” say they are hon­oured that the made-in-Canada mu­si­cal is re­ceiv­ing recog­ni­tion.

Regina-born, Saska­toon-raised David Hein and his wife, Toronto’s Irene Sankoff, re­ceived two of the show’s seven Tony nom­i­na­tions, which in­cluded a nod for best mu­si­cal.

The duo was nom­i­nated for best book and best score of a mu­si­cal.

“Come From Away” is set in the re­mote East Coast town of Gan­der, N.L., dur­ing the af­ter­math of the Sept. 11 at­tacks.

Gan­der’s pop­u­la­tion dou­bled as it shel­tered 6,579 pas­sen­gers and crew from 38 planes di­verted when U.S. air space was closed on Sept. 11, 2001.

Hein says the warm re­cep­tion the show has re­ceived is “ev­ery­thing they could have wished for and more.” He ex­pressed pride in shar­ing ev­ery­thing they love about Canada and New­found­land and Labrador with the world.

“Come From Away” earned mostly rave re­views when the pro­duc­tion made its Broad­way de­but in March. Prior to its ar­rival in New York, the mu­si­cal was staged in La Jolla, Calif., Wash­ing­ton, D.C., Seat­tle and Toronto. The “Come From Away” cast was also in Gan­der for two con­certs last Oc­to­ber as a fundraiser for lo­cal char­i­ties.

“Come From Away” has had its fair share of high-pro­file at­ten­dees in the au­di­ence since its Broad­way open­ing. Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau and his wife So­phie Gre­goire Trudeau, for­mer prime min­is­ter Jean Chré­tien, ac­tor Hugh Jack­man, ac­tress-model Brooke Shields and su­per­model Cindy Craw­ford are among the fa­mous the­atre­go­ers who have vis­ited the Great White Way to take in the show.

Prior to Tues­day’s Tony nom­i­na­tions, the home­grown pro­duc­tion was al­ready re­ceiv­ing plenty of recog­ni­tion from crit­ics within and be­yond the Big Ap­ple.

The show has re­ceived a slew of theatre nom­i­na­tions from the Drama League Awards, Drama Desk Awards, the Outer Crit­ics Cir­cle Awards and the Chita Rivera Awards.

The show also re­ceived 14 nom­i­na­tions from the He­len Hayes Awards, which cel­e­brate ex­cel­lence in pro­fes­sional theatre through­out the Wash­ing­ton met­ro­pol­i­tan area.

Kevin Spacey will host the 71st an­nual Tony Awards at Ra­dio City Mu­sic Hall in New York on June 11.


Writ­ers Irene Sankoff and David Hein re­ceived two of Come From Away’s seven Tony nom­i­na­tions — for best book and best score of a mu­si­cal.

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