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Come From Away is the true story of the small town that welcomed the world on 9/11. Take a journey to Newfoundland and be a part of the experience of 7000 people that were flying that day. While I was able to see this performance for free at the Straz Center in Tampa, all opinions are my own.
Come From Away Musical Review
Where were you on 9/11/01? Just typing the date gives me the goosebumps. I was living in Tampa then, but was still new to the area. I wasn’t attached to my cell phone like I am now, in fact, I don’t even remember having one, but I am sure I did. I was driving to work listening to the radio and when I got there, everyone in the office was somber and discussing something but I didn’t know what. Then we all watched the news in horror and disbelief. I called my parents in Michigan, I called my now-husband and everyone was safe. No one understood what was going on, it was inconceivable that something like this was happening. Terrorists had taken over planes and killed as many people as they could. Why? How? What? I am sure you remember exactly where you were on 9/11 as well. It’s a day that we will never forget.
I have been to Ground Zero and have prayed for all those that lost their lives, I have prayed for the men and women that died trying to save others, I have prayed for the families and friends that have lost someone, I have prayed for those that witnessed the horror of that day. I am sure you have prayed for them as well.
And while I have thought about those we lost that day and I have thought about the destruction and the rebuild of New York City, I have never thought about the others that were flying that day. Not because I am insensitive but simply because my thoughts were always directed to those that were lost or had lost someone.
But there were over 7000 people flying that morning that survived. 7000 people that were scared, lost and confused on why they weren’t going home. 7000 people that were redirected to Gander Newfoundland.
The Musical Come From Away is the story of those 7000 people and the small town that welcomed them all with open arms. Come From Away takes you back to 9/11 and tells you a story that you may not have known, one that you may not have even thought about. Those 7000 people actually almost doubled the population of the small town that they landed in, but the townspeople welcomed them. They tried their best to make them feel at home, feed them, give them shelter and tried to give them something else to think about than the news that was on the television and the fact that they couldn’t be with their loved ones back in the States.
Come From Away made me laugh, I mean who helps someone steal a grill?! That’s a joke you will get when you see the show 😉 Come From Away made me cry, some suffered a loss that I hope to never experience. But most of all, Come From Away made me leave with a deep appreciation for people…there are still good people out there, and a lot of them live in Newfoundland.
I will say that Come From Away was definitely one of my favorite Broadway shows. We stayed until the very end and sang and clapped along with the musicians. I loved it from start to finish and I am thankful there were wasn’t an intermission, because I didn’t want the show to stop!
Come From Away will be performing at the Straz Center here in Tampa through June 9th. It is about an hour and half show with no intermission, so plan accordingly.
Straz Center Tampa Address:
- 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place Tampa, FL 33602