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Newcastle Welcomes Hit Broadway Musical - Come From Away


Lord Mayor on stage at Civic Theatre with some of the Come From Away cast.

The curtains have gone up on the first professional Broadway musical to be held at Civic Theatre in 30 years, as the cast and crew from Come From Away take to the stage.

 

Almost 16,000 tickets have already been sold to the critically acclaimed production for its record-breakingNewcastle season, which kicked off with a preview showing Wednesday evening and will be officially opened with a red carpet premiere tonight.

Come From Away shares the incredible real-life story of the 7,000 air passengers from around the world who were grounded in Canada in the wake of 9/11, and the small Newfoundland community that welcomed the ‘come from aways’ into their lives.

Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes welcomed the Come From Away cast and crew to Newcastle and said that Novocastrians and visitors are set to be wowed by the musical production.

"After enjoying enormous success on Broadway and in London's West End, the Tony and Olivier award-winning musical Come From Away has arrived here in Newcastle," Cr Nelmes said.

"Come From Away has captured the hearts of millions of people around the world with its remarkable true story about kindness and humanity and is sure to enhance the cultural life of our city.

"With the success of Sir Elton John's recent two shows and the news of Pink's upcoming tour, which is expected to deliver a $9 million boost to local businesses, Newcastle has cemented its position as a host destination for international acts.

“Major events are a clear economic driver and Come From Away is another significant drawcard for our city that will provide considerable benefits for the local visitor economy.”

Civic Theatre Manager Leonie Wallace said Come From Away has smashed ticket sales records for the theatre and she actually expects sales to lift even further once the show starts thanks to positive word of mouth.

“Interest in this musical has been incredible and ticket sales have exceeded our expectations, attracting audiences from as far as Tasmania, Brisbane, Armidale, Narrabri and Coffs Harbour,” Ms Wallace said.

Newtheatricals' producer Rodney Rigby said he is delighted to bring the Broadway production to Newcastle.

"Come From Away is the perfect show for our time; an opportunity to come together and celebrate an inspirational story of hope and humanity," Mr Rigby said.

"The reception for this show across Australia has been ecstatic and we're thrilled to be sharing it with audiences in Newcastle."

Come From Away is showing at Newcastle’s Civic Theatre until 5 March 2023.


Tickets are on sale now.


For more information and for tickets visit www.civictheatrenewcastle.com.au

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