Come From Away: Broadway Balances America
October 22, 2018
Behind the Scenes on Broadway
The Balancing Act goes behind the scenes with Come From Away, the remarkable true story of a small town in Canada that welcomed the world.
Inspired by real-life events, Come From Away tells the story of 7,000 stranded airline passengers who nearly doubled the population of Gander, Newfoundland, the tiny community that welcomed them in the days following September 11, 2001.
Learn how creators Irene Sankoff and David Hein and producer Sue Frost compiled 16,000 stories from this five-day period and ended up with an uplifting 100-minute musical featuring 12 captivating actors. Meet American Airlines Captain Beverley Bass, whose flight was grounded in Newfoundland, and Becky Gulsvig, who portrays Bass’s character on tour.
Join us as we experience an up-close look at the people who continue to share the story of a tragedy that changed the world and how one small town came together and created community—instilling hope in all who bear witness to it.
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