Monday, February 04, 2019

Theatre | Come From Away - Phoenix Theatre

"You are here, at the start of a moment..." 

I first started listening to the Original Broadway Cast Recording of Come From Away back well over a year ago now, and it was the top of my list of shows to see when I eventually make it to New York again. Thankfully, though, I didn't have to wait that long, because back in June they announced that the show would be coming over to London. Even with having it booked for a few weeks time (and again a couple of weeks after that,) I knew that I couldn't wait a minute longer, and decided to book a rush ticket to see it on the opening night of previews.

For those of you that weren't aware, on September 11th 2001, 38 planes were diverted to Gander in Newfoundland, Canada, due to the closure of the US airspace, following the terrorist attacks that took place that day. Come From Away tells the real-life stories of what happened on that day (and the following days) for both the Islanders and 'plane people' who find themselves in Gander.

As I already knew the music particularly well (I had to stop myself mouthing along at times!), seeing the show brought to life was the important part for me. The scripting in between songs was just as incredible as the music itself. There were so many moments that caught me off guard, and I spent the entire show on an emotional rollercoaster. I laughed, I cried, and I had the biggest grin on my face for pretty much the entire 100 minutes running time.

One of my biggest worries, when I've listened to a recording, is not loving the cast I see as much as those that I've heard sing it a million times previously, but I actually got a sneak peek of the cast back in October as I was invited to the launch event at Canada House. Because of that, I knew that they'd be amazing when the show came round, but they went above and beyond. I could shout out every single one of them, but the standout performances for me were definitely Jenna Boyd's portrayal of Beulah, Robert Hands & Helen Hobson's portrayals of Nick & Diane (my favourite characters in the show!) and of course Rachel Tucker's portrayal of Beverley, especially when it came to her performance of Me and The Sky.

Photo: Matthew Murphy

In case you haven't gathered by all I've said above (and by the fact that I'm going back to see it another twice in the next month!), the show is absolutely phenomenal, and if you do get the chance to see it, you must. We only seem to hear stories of the horrible terrorist attacks that happened on September 11th, but this is a story from that day that shows that there are good people out there, and that's something I think we all need in our lives, especially now.

Come From Away is currently playing at The Phoenix Theatre, with tickets bookable until mid-September. 
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