A panel discussion featuring three individuals who were part of the inspiration for the hit Broadway musical “Come from Away” will follow its opening-night performance next week at the Fox Theatre in Midtown.
The “Come from Away” North American tour will stop at the Fox Theatre in Midtown June 25 through 30 as part of the Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta series. It is based on the true story of nearly 6,600 passengers and crew being stranded at Gander International Airport in the small town of Gander, Newfoundland, Canada (population 10,000).
After the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) opted to shut down its airspace and force over 4,000 planes to land at the nearest airport. Inbound flights from Europe were sent to Canada.
June 25, Broadway in Atlanta and the Canadian consulate will host a special post-show panel discussion comprised of former Gander Mayor Claude Elliott; ex-American Airlines pilot Beverley Bass and Kevin Tuerff, a passenger and author of “Channel of Peace: Stranded in Gander on 9/11;” as well as special guest Nadia Theodore, consul general of Canada in Atlanta.
“Come from Away” was nominated for seven Tony Awards and won for Best Direction of a Musical. It also was nominated for nine Drama Desk Awards, winning three: Outstanding Musical Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical (Jenn Colella) and Outstanding Book of a Musical.
Admission to the panel discussion is included with tickets to “Come from Away.” The musical will begin at 7:30 p.m., and the discussion will start at about 9 p.m. and last for about 30 minutes.
Tickets are $31 to $145.25 (plus applicable fees). For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.foxtheatre.org/comefromaway, call 1-855-285-8499 or go to the Fox box office at 660 Peachtree St NE in Atlanta. Group orders of 10 or more may be placed by calling 404-881-2000.