‘Come From Away’ makes it into the black

Broad­way mu­si­cal has re­couped its $12-mil­lion in­vest­ment in eight months

The Telegram (St. John’s) - - LOCAL - BY TARA BRAD­BURY Tara.brad­bury@thetele­gram.com Twit­ter: @tara_brad­bury

“Come From Away” has re­couped its $12 mil­lion cap­i­tal­iza­tion costs in the eight months since it opened on Broad­way.

The Tony Award-win­ning mu­si­cal, based on the story of 7,000 stranded air­line pas­sen­gers who landed in Gan­der dur­ing the events of 9/11 and the lo­cal peo­ple who took them in, has taken in gross earn­ings of just un­der $40 mil­lion.

Re­coup­ment is the point when pro­duc­ers have re­paid a show’s in­vestors the money raised to de­velop and pro­duce the show.

“Since we first saw the pre­sen­ta­tion of ‘ Come From Away’ four years ago at the NAMT (Na­tional Al­liance for Mu­si­cal Theatre) Fes­ti­val, help­ing to share the re­mark­able story of gen­eros­ity and com­pas­sion has been a pas­sion project for us,” pro­duc­ers Junk­yard Dogs said in a me­dia re­lease. “It has been such an in­cred­i­ble ex­pe­ri­ence to see au­di­ences of all across North Amer­ica and on Broad­way con­nect­ing so vis­cer­ally with this cel­e­bra­tion of the best of hu­man­ity.”

For the week end­ing Oct. 8, the Broad­way pro­duc­tion of “Come From Away” had grossed $1,379,848 over eight shows, with an av­er­age ticket price of $162.07.

The mu­si­cal, cre­ated by Irene Sankoff and David Hein, had lim­ited en­gage­ments in La Jolla, Seat­tle, Wash­ing­ton and Toronto be­fore mov­ing to Broad­way last Fe­bru­ary.

In ad­di­tion to the Tony Award for Best Di­rec­tion of the Mu­si­cal (for di­rec­tor Chris Ash­ley), “Come from Away” has won 28 awards across the con­ti­nent, in­clud­ing three 2017 Drama Desk Awards and three 2017 Dora Awards.

Un­til now, tick­ets were avail­able for Broad­way dates un­til the end of May 2018; a new block of tick­ets has been re­leased for dates un­til the end of Septem­ber 2018.

Two New­found­land na­tives fea­ture in the Broad­way show: Pet­rina Brom­ley stars in the cast, while per­cus­sion­ist Ro­mano Di Nillo is a mem­ber of the band.

A sec­ond “Come From Away” com­pany — in­clud­ing lo­cal na­tive Greg Hawco in the band — will play a four-week en­gage­ment in Win­nipeg in Jan­uary be­fore mov­ing in­def­i­nitely to Toronto’s Royal Alexandra Theatre Feb. 13. A third com­pany will launch a tour across North Amer­ica in Oc­to­ber 2018.

MATTHEW MUR­PHY/SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Mu­si­cal “Come From Away” has re­couped its $12-mil­lion in­vest­ment since open­ing on Broad­way, and has re­leased a new block of tick­ets for shows up to the end of Septem­ber 2018. The show’s Broad­way cast fea­tures 12 ac­tors, in­clud­ing lo­cal na­tive Pet­rina Brom­ley (far right), play­ing stranded air­line pas­sen­gers who landed in Gan­der Sept. 11, 2001, and the lo­cal res­i­dents who took them in.

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