Lit­tle story do­ing big num­bers in New York

The Pilot - - News - BY PA­TRICK MUR­PHY Pa­trick.mur­phy@SaltWire.com

It seems like “Come From Away” has peo­ple com­ing in droves to the box of­fice as ticket sales for the mu­si­cal just keep on climb­ing.

A re­port in Play­bill mag­a­zines shows the pro­duc­tion earned just over $1 mil­lion for the week end­ing April 16. The big num­bers at the box of­fice place the pro­duc­tion amongst the ranks of Broad­way’s mil­lion- dol­lar club. There are cur­rently 40 pro­duc­tions on Broad­way, with 15 mak­ing the mil­lion-dol­lar mark in the week end­ing April 16, ac­cord­ing to The Broad­way League ( TBL), the na­tional trade as­so­ci­a­tion for the Broad­way in­dus­try.

The mu­si­cal re­counts the sto­ries of Gander res­i­dents and other lo­cal vol­un­teers who opened their homes to air­line pas­sen­gers af­ter the de­struc­tion of the twin tow­ers dur­ing the 9/11 at­tacks. North Amer­i­can airspace was closed to com­mer­cial flights al­most im­me­di­ately af­ter the at­tack be­gan ground­ing all flights. Those al­ready in the air were forced to di­vert from their des­ti­na­tion to the clos­est air­port. For 38 planes, this was Gander In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

The pro­duc­tion is en­ter­ing its ninth week on Broad­way. So far it has grossed $7,063,336 dur­ing its run — sig­nif­i­cant num­bers for a pro­duc­tion that cost $12 mil­lion to cre­ate ac­cord­ing to TBL.

The pro­duc­tion has had a few high pro­file at­ten­dees, in­clud­ing Cana­dian Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau and his wife So­phie, and Ivanka Trump, daugh­ter of U. S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, on open­ing night.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF MATTHEW MUR­PHY

The Broad­way pro­duc­tion of “Come From Away” reached over $1 mil­lion in weekly box of­fice sales in the week end­ing April 16.

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