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The Aussie version of the homegrown musical is the first of the show's many global productions to reopen
Welcome once again to the rock – down under. The Canadian musical Come From Away will be the first major musical back onstage in Australia. It reopens at Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre on January 19, 2021.
The same production premiered in Melbourne in July 2019 and ran for nine months, becoming the most successful production in the Comedy Theatre’s 91-year history before closing because of COVID-19 in March, 2020.
“As the world collectively faces one of the greatest challenges in modern times, Come From Away reminds us that compassion is at the core of our humanity,” says producer Rodney Rigby in a press release.
“This is a story about unity, and about acting with kindness regardless of our differences.”
The Australian production of David Hein and Irene Sankoff’s feel-good show will be the first of the international productions of the show to return to the stage. It must close on March 21 before embarking on a national tour.
The original Broadway production, as well as the Canadian production, remain closed. The Broadway version had just finished its third year before lockdown.
The one-act musical chronicles the real-life journey of 7,000 air passengers who became grounded in Gander, Newfoundland in Canada in the wake of the September 11 tragedy. Hein and Sankoff travelled to Newfoundland and interviewed thousands of locals as well as former passengers, to create the show.
According to the release, the Australian production will create 447 jobs, and is expected to attract over 90,000 visitors to the theatre.
There is no information about what kind of safety protocols will be in place for the show. But as of three days ago, the Australian state of Victoria eased its restrictions. Victoria, which includes the city of Melbourne, enjoyed 37 straight days free from new COVID-19 cases.