Update 19/03/20: Come From Away has ended its season as of Sunday, March 15 due to government advice around the spread of COVID-19. If you have tickets for performances dated March 16 onwards you will be contacted to exchange your tickets for the encore season, or to receive a refund.
Come From Away is returning to Melbourne for an encore season in February 2021. Presales for the encore season start Thursday, March 19 and general sales start Friday, March 20.
When Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins premiered in 1990, George Bush Sr was in power and the Gulf War was underway. Audiences during war time weren’t really ready for a musical about the dark heart of the American dream, and it closed early. In 2004 it was remounted on Broadway and won four Tonys. Its time had come. Come from Away feels like the reverse: a musical that suits its time, is perhaps even flattered a little by it. It’s of course impossible to predict, but it seems unlikely that this show will play quite so well in 15 years. Something about its message, its attitude and its structure relies heavily on the audience’s willingness, even hunger, to receive it. We are living in dark times, and a show like this certainly hits the sweet spot. Does that necessarily make it a great show?
Certainly, it tells a warm and reassuring tale about a community who rallies for people it doesn’t know, and in that regard it is a necessary and timely one. On the morning of September 11, 2001 a total of 38 planes carrying 6,579 passenge