Arts & Entertainment

‘Come From Away’ Re-Opening

Photo: Jeff Busby

The show that has been enchanting audiences finally reopens in Sydney now that the COVID-19 lockdown has been lifted.

This musical is based around the events which followed 9/11 when 38 passenger jets on their way across the Atlantic on September 11 were diverted, to a small Canadian town on the Island of Newfoundland called Gander, owing to the closure of the US airspace

Actor Phillip Lowe who has impressive theatre credits including The Producers, Showboat, & Mary Poppins, has been a cast member since last summer and explained that this is one of the most satisfying productions he has been involved in.

“It’s very touchy and immensely satisfying in terms of the audience reaction which is universally spectacular. With what’s going on in the world right now this is the most meaningful show with resonating themes including kindness to strangers and taking responsibility for other people’s well-being. The comparisons are endless.”

Lowe said he can’t wait to return to the show. “You do this job for the love and when you do what you love you don’t work a day in your life. I’m having a whale of a time and I can’t wait for the new cast taking over to come along on the joyride with us because it’s such a good experience. I can’t wait not to be the new kid on the block!”

Broadway veteran Dan’yelle Williamson, who starred in Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, has just joined the cast and is thrilled to be performing in such an important and much-loved show.

“This is my first ever international tour and it’s really an honour and a privilege to be part of such a beautiful show that centres around kindness, compassion and human beings coming together to help one another in times of crisis. That’s how I like to live my life as well and not just in time of crisis.”

But is the pressure on joining an established cast of a show mid-season?

“No. This is not the first time I’ve come into an already established company, so this is a process I’ve experienced before in my career. I’m so excited and the cast are so wonderful and bring their A-game. What I love more than that is the fact that everyone is really affirming and supportive of one another which is so important in any environment but especially in this industry.”

Reopens Oct 20. Capital Theatre, 13 Campbell St, Haymarket. $59- $185+b.f.. Tickets & Info: www.comefromaway.com.au

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