Come from Away
The title "Come from Away," where the "o" in "from" is planet Earth.
Promotional release poster
Directed byChristopher Ashley
Written byIrene Sankoff
David Hein
Produced by
Starring
CinematographyTobias A. Schliessler
Edited byLeslie Jones
Virginia Katz
Music byIrene Sankoff
David Hein
Production
companies
Distributed byApple TV+
Release date
  • September 10, 2021 (2021-09-10)
Running time
106 minutes
CountriesUnited States
Canada
LanguageEnglish

Come from Away is a 2021 American-Canadian musical film comprising a live stage recording of Irene Sankoff and David Hein's 2017 musical of the same name, which tells the true story of 7,000 airline passengers who were stranded in a small town in Newfoundland, where they were housed and welcomed, after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The film, produced in response to the shutdown of Broadway caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in the spring of 2020, was directed by Christopher Ashley and filmed in May 2021 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater in New York City, featuring members of the Broadway cast.[1]

The film was released on Apple TV+ on September 10, 2021, a day before the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.[2][3] It received highly positive reviews from critics.

Cast

Production

In November 2017, it was announced that The Mark Gordon Company would produce a feature film adaptation of the musical, with Sankoff and Hein writing the screenplay and Christopher Ashley as director.[4] In an April 2019 interview, Sankoff and Hein stated that the intention was to film in Gander and cast lesser-known actors, with residents of Gander as film extras.[5]

On February 2, 2021, it was announced that due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts on the film industry and the performing arts, the plans for the film adaptation were cancelled in favor of producing a live film recording of the stage production with the members of the Broadway cast reprising their roles, to be released in September 2021 on the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. It was produced and financed by Entertainment One and RadicalMedia and filmed in May 2021 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater with Ashley directing and Gordon still attached as producer. Joining the producing team are Jennifer Todd, Bill Condon and one of the stage production's producers, Junkyard Dog Productions. Sankoff, Hein, Jon Kamen, Dave Sirulnick and Meredith Bennett executive produce. The film employed 222 people including the members of the New York cast, crew, staff and creative and film teams.[6][7] On April 30, 2021, Apple TV+ acquired the film's distribution rights.[8]

Reception

Critical response

According to review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 98% of 41 critics have given the film a positive review, with an average rating of 8.2/10. The critics consensus reads: "Come from Away sifts through the wreckage of tragedy to find hope -- and the healing power of human connection."[9] On Metacritic, a critic gave a 83 out of 100 based on 9 critics indicated "universal acclaim".[10]

References

  1. ^ "EOne to Make Feature Production of Tony-Winning Broadway Musical 'Come from Away'". 2 February 2021.
  2. ^ Aquillina, Tyler (February 2, 2021). "'Come From Away' coming from Broadway to your home with filmed stage production". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved August 4, 2021.
  3. ^ Evans, Greg (August 4, 2021). "'Come From Away' Film Adaptation Gets Apple TV+ Premiere Date On Eve Of 9/11". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 4, 2021.
  4. ^ Busch, Anita (16 November 2017). "Tony-Winning 'Come From Away' Director Boards Feature Film Adaptation For Mark Gordon Co". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 21 December 2020.
  5. ^ Teeman, Tim (6 April 2019). "How 9/11 Musical 'Come From Away' Conquered the World—but Don't Expect Hollywood Stars in the Movie". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 21 December 2020.
  6. ^ "EOne to Make Feature Production of Tony-Winning Broadway Musical 'Come from Away'". 2 February 2021.
  7. ^ "Filmed Version of 'Come from Away' Musical Set at Entertainment One". 2 February 2021.
  8. ^ "Apple Picks up eOne Feature Musical 'Come from Away'". 30 April 2021.
  9. ^ "Come from Away". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved May 13, 2022.
  10. ^ "Come From Away". Metacritic. Retrieved September 22, 2021.