Toronto often gets many of the more popular Broadway plays/musicals and going to a show is great way to spend an evening whether you are visiting Toronto or you live here.
While you can see Come From Away on Broadway, in NYC, I like to think that it is even more special to see it in Toronto (or any other Canadian city it is playing in) because it is a story set in Canada (Gander, Nfld., to be exact), written by a Canadian husband-and-wife duo and about the generous spirit of Newfoundlanders (Canadians).
Come From Away is based on a true story. Immediately after the Twin Towers were hit on September 11, 2001, the U.S. closed its air space causing 38 commercial planes bound for the U.S. to be re-routed to a small town on the east coast of Canada, seemingly on the edge of the earth. Gander, Nfld. was a town just shy of 10,000 people and, at the drop of a hat, it had to take in 6,759 displaced passengers and crew members. The people of Gander came together and did everything they could to give their newfound guests food, warmth, comfort and friendship. It is a funny and heartwarming musical rooted in one of the most tragic events in history.
Be sure to catch it at the Royal Alexandra Theatre before January 20, 2019 or at the Elgin Theatre from February 5 to June 30, 2019.