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Come From Away - Broadway's Unforgettable Tribute to 9/11

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (5/5 Stars)

Released 09-10-2021

Watched 09-11-2023

Reviewed 09-18-2023

Watched on Apple TV+

"Safe and sound here on the ground in Iceland. No, Newfoundland!"

In an era dominated by cinematic adaptations and digital entertainment, "Come From Away" brings forth a breath of fresh air, blending theater's raw intensity with film's immersive visuals. Filmed live at the prestigious Gerald Schoenfeld Theater in New York City, the movie captures not just a play, but an emotion - a global collective remembrance of 9/11.

"Come From Away" dives into a lesser-known chapter of the 9/11 narrative, focusing on 7,000 stranded passengers and the quaint town of Gander Newfoundland that opened its arms to them. The realness of the tale is amplified by Irene Sankoff and David Hein's powerful script and songs that tug at every emotional thread, making viewers laugh, cry, and, most importantly, reflect.

Christopher Ashley's direction deserves special mention. He seamlessly stitches together multiple stories, ensuring each one feels personal yet interconnected. Filming in front of frontline workers and 9/11 survivors was a brave choice, creating an energy in the theater that transcends the screen and resonates deeply with viewers.

The Broadway cast delivers heartwarming performances, their passion palpable in every note sung and every line delivered. Each actor effortlessly switches between roles, showcasing the universality of human emotions, irrespective of nationality or background.

Beyond the music and performances, "Come From Away" serves as a poignant reminder of human kindness. At a time when the world grappled with unparalleled fear, a small town showed that love, unity, and compassion can outshine even the darkest moments. This message feels especially relevant today, as we navigate through post-pandemic uncertainties.

In conclusion, "Come From Away" is more than a musical. It's a testament to the indomitable human spirit. Whether you're a theater aficionado or new to the world of Broadway, this film is a must-watch, serving as a beacon of hope and a tribute to humanity's capacity for love.

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