Come From Away (Hardcover)

Welcome to the Rock: An Inside Look at the Hit Musical

By Irene Sankoff, David Hein, Laurence Maslon

Hachette Books, 9780316422222, 192pp.

Publication Date: August 13, 2019

List Price: 40.00*
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Description

Come From Away: Welcome to the Rock - a fully illustrated companion volume to the hit Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, featuring the book and lyrics for the first time in print.

Come From Away tells the remarkable true story of 38 planes and 6,579 passengers that were forced to land in Gander, Newfoundland, on September 11, 2001, doubling the population of one small town on the edge of the world. The people of Newfoundland opened their arms to the displaced, offering food, shelter, and friendship over the course of five days, and the travelers never forgot their heartfelt generosity. Come From Away: Welcome to the Rock is the ultimate companion piece to the Tony Award-winning hit musical by Irene Sankoff and David Hein.

Featuring Irene Sankoff and David Hein's complete book and lyrics for the first time in print, exclusive photos and illustrations of the cast, up-close details of the costumes and set, and new interviews from passengers, Gander residents, and the actors that lined up to audition to portray them, and much more, Come From Away: Welcome to the Rock gives an unprecedented look behind the curtain.

With a narrative by theater historian Laurence Maslon, the journey of the musical's development is traced from the backdrop of one of the darkest days in American history to the ten-year reunion of Gander residents and airline passengers, which sparked the show's creation. A beautiful collector's item, this book places readers far and wide in the town of Gander and backstage at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre - and all the places along this show's incredible journey. Because we come from everywhere, we all come from away.


About the Author

Irene Sankoff and David Hein (Book, Music & Lyrics) are a Canadian married writing team. Come From Away enjoyed a record setting world premiere at the La Jolla Playhouse and Seattle Repertory. Come From Away won three 2017 Dora Mavor Moore Awards, four Helen Hayes Awards, five Outer Critics Circle Awards, and three Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical. David and Irene were nominated for Tony Awards for Best Book and Score and a Grammy nomination for the Come From Away album. David and Irene are the recipients of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Award.

Laurence Maslon (Text) is an arts professor at NYU's Graduate Acting Program. He hosts the weekly radio program, "Broadway to Main Street" on the NPR-member station WPPB 88.3FM. His most recent book is Broadway to Main Street: How Show Tunes Enchanted America. He has written several PBS documentaries, The Sound of Music Companion, The South Pacific Companion, and edited the acclaimed Library of America's two-volume set of American musicals (1927-1969). He served on the nominating committee for the Tony Awards from 2007 to 2010 and has written about musical theater for the New York Times, the New Yorker, HuffPost, Slate, WSJ, and more.


Praise For Come From Away: Welcome to the Rock: An Inside Look at the Hit Musical

"The catharsis we need in this American moment."—Ben Brantley, The New York Times

"It does what all the best musicals do. Takes you to a place you never want to leave."—Joe Westerfield, Newsweek