Nominated for seven Tonys and winning for Best Direction, the Broadway musical Come From Away is being made into a movie, courtesy of the Mark Gordon Co. Two-time Tony Award nominees and Outer Critics Circle Award and Drama Desk Award winners Irene Sankoff and David Hein, who wrote the book, music and lyrics, will also adapt the feature screenplay for big screen. The Mark Gordon Company will produce and finance the feature adaptation.
Come From Away tells the true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night and gratitude grew into enduring friendships. On Sept. 11, 2001 the world stopped.
MGC will finance the film and Entertainment One (eOne) will handle worldwide distribution on Come From Away.
Come From Away was nominated for Best Direction, Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Book of a Musical. Come From Away has garnered a long list of additional accolades, including five Outer Critics Circle Awards including “Outstanding New Broadway Musical,” three Drama Desk Awards including “Outstanding Musical,” four Helen Hayes Awards including “Outstanding Production of a Musical,” four Gypsy Rose Lee Awards including “Excellence in Production of a Musical,” six San Diego Critics Circle Awards including “Outstanding New Musical,” three Dora Mavor Moore Awards including “Outstanding Musical Production” and the “Jon Kaplan Audience Choice Award” and three Toronto Theatre Critics Awards including “Best New Musical.
The musical was directed by Tony Award winner and Outer Critics Circle Award winner Christopher Ashley, with musical staging by two-time Tony Award nominee Kelly Devine and music supervision by Ian Eisendrath.
MGC will finance the film and Entertainment One (eOne) will handle worldwide distribution on Come From Away. More to come …Let's