by Irene Sankoff and David Hein (Mirvish). Newfoundlanders open their homes to stranded passengers following the September 11 terrorist attacks. Previews from Feb 13, opens Feb 18 and runs to January 20, 2019* (extended from Oct 21) Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Wed 1:30 pm, Sat-Sun 2 pm (see website for additional shows). $39-$169, premium to $225 limited standing-room tickets $25.
*After the run at the Royal Alex, the show will move to the Elgin Theatre (189 Yonge) and continue its Toronto run from February 5 to June 30, 2019 (see new listing).
With astonishing warmth, Newfoundlanders welcome traumatized passengers on planes rerouted to Gander on 9/11 in this home-grown Tony-nominated musical. The music is rollicking, the lyrics are clever and I dont think Ive ever seen a show with more heart. The cast, doubling up on roles as Ganderites and travellers, is uniformly excellent, especially Eliza-Jane Scott as a pilot and Kevin Vidal as a Black Brooklynite who cant believe his hosts openness. The show just barrels along even with some dark content and you never get a chance to catch your breath. But so what? Go with the flow and enjoy.
NNNN (Susan G Cole)