Why ‘Come From Away’ Is a Great Show to See After Lockdown
Welcome (back) to the Rock! The Olivier-winning musical is making its grand return to the West End starting on 22 July, and we couldn’t be more excited to sit in the Phoenix Theatre again and witness this show about the power of togetherness, and perseverance through tough times.
After all, this past year (and then some) of lockdowns and quarantines and shows shuttered has made us value our family, friendships, and communities a little bit more. And as we look forward to brighter days ahead, Come From Away offers an important and uplifting message about the strength of the human spirit no matter where you come from or what you’ve been through.
Here are some reasons why Come From Away resonates in the post-Covid-19 era, and why it’s a great show to see after lockdown.
Essential workers are the stars of the show.
Do you miss clapping for the NHS every evening? Well, at Come From Away your standing ovation at the end of the show can double for the performers as well as the essential workers they’re portraying. Almost all of the characters in Come From Away are frontline workers: teachers, government officials, restaurant employees, journalists, pilots, healthcare workers, and more.
But the real message of Come From Away is that during times of crisis, anyone can contribute on the frontline, and that’s what so many amazing people did to fight the pandemic and it’s also how the citizens of Gander, Newfoundland banded together in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.
The score is inspiring.
Are you looking for a new anthem? The Olivier-winning score by David Hein and Irene Sankoff is full of inspiring tunes that will give you hope (and may bring a tear to your eye). The opening number “Welcome to the Rock” will have you chanting “I’m an islander” (hey, the UK is an island!); the powerful “I Am Here” will feel eerily relevant to the experience of living each day in lockdown; and the soaring (pun intended) ballad “Me and the Sky” will make you believe anything’s possible.
Listen to the Come From Away cast recording, and get excited to see the show!
Come From Away won four Olivier Awards.
Best New Musical is a pretty big honour, and Come From Away earned that accolade in 2019, aka the last time there was an in-person Olivier Awards ceremony. The show also took home awards for Outstanding Achievement in Music (see score above!), Best Sound Design, and Best Theatre Choreographer. Whether you’ve witnessed these winning accomplishments or have yet to spend an evening at the Phoenix Theatre, there’s no better time than this summer!
The show runs 90 minutes, with no intermission.
Let’s face it, as much as we love theatre, getting back into the swing of theatregoing will feel strange for a while after months of sitting on our couches (and being steps away from a loo). However, a 90-minute, intermissionless show is a great way to ease your way back in.
If you’re concerned about re-entering a live entertainment venue, then a short show is great starter fare!
The message has never been more timely.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a show that feels as relevant as Come From Away does these days. After all, the show follows the aftermath of a global tragedy, and while the tragedy looks slightly different, the emotions hit similar. Also, the show does a great job of not dwelling on the sadness but rather highlighting the positive and uplifting elements that emerge in the wake: from new friendships to caring for each other to the importance of coming together and lending a hand.
So grab a friend or a family member and book tickets to see Come From Away this summer. Don’t forget to pack tissues!