Broadway is back: 'Come From Away' cast makes emotional, excited return

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Published on 16 Sep 2021, 16:48
The Broadway musical “Come From Away,” a show about strangers coming together on 9/11 in the small Canadian town of Gander, ceased production in March 2020 during the initial coronavirus shutdowns. Its return reminds cast members of the importance of kindness, hope and grace — especially during a pandemic.

“Life has changed in a visceral way. And for us to not bring that into this show and make it even more potent and more realistic and more honest and simpler would be foolish,” said Caesar Samayoa, who plays Kevin in the musical. “What a gift for an actor to be able to come in and explore and kind of say hi again to these people in this story.”

The Tony-winning musical, which opened on Broadway on March 12, 2017, and was forced to shut down three years later, to the day, was like so many other shows — a family. The pandemic broke up the family — but it didn’t break it. For now, reassembled, rehearsed and re-energized, the company is bracing for what promises to be the most emotionally charged opening night of their professional lives: the relaunch before a live, theater-starved audience at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre on Sept. 21. Read more: wapo.st/3lAfHxT. Subscribe to The Washington Post on YouTube: wapo.st/2QOdcqK

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