Come From Away: Welcome to the Rock - a fully illustrated companion volume to the hit Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, featuring the book and lyrics for the first time in print, backstage stories and the real history behind the show's events, character design sketches, and songs that ended up on the cutting room floor.
The Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Come From Away tells the remarkable true story of a small town that welcomed the world. On September 11, 2001, 38 planes and 6,579 passengers were forced to land in the provincial town of Gander, Newfoundland. The local residents opened their arms to the displaced visitors, offering food, shelter, and friendship. In the days that followed, cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships.
Come From Away: Welcome to the Rock is the ultimate companion piece to Irene Sankoff and David Hein's smash-hit musical based on that extraordinary experience. Featuring the complete book and lyrics for the first time in print, a foreword by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and exclusive photos of the company and physical production, this essential companion also includes original interviews with passengers, Gander residents, and the actors who portray them. The narrative by theater historian Laurence Maslon details the events of that memorable and challenging week and also traces the musical's development from the ten-year reunion of residents and airline passengers in Gander, where the idea for the musical was born , to the global phenomenon it is today.
Come From Away: Welcome to the Rock gives an unprecedented look behind the curtain and demonstrates why the story has touched so many so deeply: Because we come from everywhere, we all come from away.
Irene Sankoff and David Hein (Book, Music & Lyrics) are an Olivier Award-winning Canadian married writing team. Their musical Come From Away is the winner of "Best Musical" across North America and London. Come From Away broke house records at the La Jolla Playhouse and Seattle Repertory en route to Broadway, going on to win a Tony Award, 6 San Diego Critics Circle Awards, 5 Outer Critics Circle Awards, 4 Olivier Awards, 4 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards, 4 Helen Hayes Awards, 4 Gypsy Rose Lee Awards, 3 Drama Desk Awards, 3 Toronto Theatre Critics Awards, and 3 Dora Awards. David and Irene were nominated for Tony Awards for Best Book and Score and received a Grammy nomination for the Come From Away album. David and Irene are the recipients of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Award and the Meritorious Service Cross of Canada.
Laurence Maslon (Text) is an arts professor at New York University's Graduate Acting Program. He hosts the weekly radio program, "Broadway to Main Street" and has written for several PBS documentary series, including American Masters, and authored a dozen books, including most recently Broadway to Main Street: How Show Tunes Enchanted America. He served on the nominating committee for the Tony Awards from 2007 to 2010 and has written for the New York Times, the New Yorker, Playbill, HuffPost, and more.