A ‘Tony’ for a Canadian musical recap of a laudable moment Reply

Opinion by Terry & Danny Gaisin

Having enjoyed & recommended the Toronto Fringe offering by David Hein & Irene Sankoff about ‘My Jewish Lesbian Wiggan mother’s Wedding’, we couldn’t miss the duo’s Sheridan College Workshop about the post- 9/11 Gander NFLD’ers response to detoured flights to their local airport. The musical interpretation in April of 2012 was a little shaky but the overall message and visual interpretation had an impact…especially given our own identification with the events of that morning and subsequent involvement. Ten months later, the team had tweaked and polished the original including the omission of a scene that specifically seemed touching.

      Original workshop cast of “COME FROM AWAY”

The flashlights representing a car convoy to & from town that had a visceral impact. Last November the Mirvish corporation locally staged it before a tour to Seattle; La Jolla; Washington D.C. and then – Broadway. The New York theatre mavens nominated it for seven Tony’s ™
Alas, it received only one (Best Director- musical, Christopher Ashley), and was snookered out of the major categories. Still, the concept was admirable; the effort -Herculean; and neither cast nor crew need shed any tears or sulking moments. As our critic Judith Robinson wrote about the Royal Alex pre-trip staging – “It is truly a Canadian Classic”.

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