Come From Away: Welcome To The Rock, An Inside Look At The Hit Musical – by: Irene Sankoff (Author), David Hein (Author), Laurence Maslon (Contributor)

Come From Away: Welcome To The Rock, An Inside Look At The Hit Musical by: Irene Sankoff (Author), David Hein (Author), Laurence Maslon (Contributor)

Hardcover: 224 pages

Publisher: Hachette Books (Sept. 24 2019)

ISBN-13: 978-0316422222

Synopsis: The Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Come From Away tells the remarkable true story of a small town that welcomed the world. On September 11, 2001, 38 planes and 6,579 passengers were forced to land in the provincial town of Gander, Newfoundland. The local residents opened their arms to the displaced visitors, offering food, shelter, and friendship. In the days that followed, cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships.

Come From Away: Welcome to the Rock is the ultimate companion piece to Irene Sankoff and David Hein’s smash-hit musical based on that extraordinary experience. Featuring the complete book and lyrics for the first time in print, a foreword by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and exclusive photos of the company and physical production, this essential companion also includes original interviews with passengers, Gander residents, and the actors who portray them. The narrative by theater historian Laurence Maslon details the events of that memorable and challenging week and also traces the musical’s development from the ten-year reunion of residents and airline passengers in Gander, where the idea for the musical was born , to the global phenomenon it is today.

Come From Away: Welcome to the Rock gives an unprecedented look behind the curtain and demonstrates why the story has touched so many so deeply: Because we come from everywhere, we all come from away.

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Welcome to my blog if you come from away!

Any Come From Away fans should get that reference… And any Come From Away fan MUST buy this companion book! The book includes the script, behind the scenes information and true stories of the real passengers and Gander residents that the play if based off of.

My family has now seen Come From Away multiple times – including on Broadway in NYC – so when I was given the opportunity to review this book, I was ecstatic! This book is a great collectors item to have, published in hardcover with beautiful thick glossy pages. It is something we can have to remember the play and relive the best moments. As well, the behind the scenes look offers the true fans more information on both the making of the play and more details of the true stories from Gander, Newfoundland after 9/11.

This is one of those timeless collectors pieces that should be on every Come From Away fans’ holiday gift list – I already know a few people I will be buying a copy for!

Rating: 10/10

* I received this book in exchange for an honest review from HBG Canada*

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