Hello again, blog lovers! It’s Broadway review time! Over the weekend, I saw Come From Away with my boyfriend and his family (thank God I have a man who loves theatre). I have been excited for this show and been anxious of it ever since it came out. I had heard nothing but good things about it and it received several Tony nominations, including Jenn Colella’s amazing performance. However, this musical is about one of the most devastating events in American history: 9/11. Growing up only miles outside of the city, almost everyone I know was affected by it in some way. I am very lucky not to have lost anyone that day, but those images from the news when I was only 6 years old are still burned into my mind. I went in not knowing how to feel.
I came out happy crying, people. Tears streaming down my face and clapping like I was at a rock concert. Run, don’t walk, to see this show. The best part of this story is that it’s a real one. 38 planes landed in the town of Gander, Newfoundland, doubling the town’s population during the 5 days they were grounded there. The “plane people” made lifelong friends, but also bonded through the immense tragedy that surrounded them.
The most surprising part was something that I never expected; the show was funny. Genuinely funny, not overly funny to distract from the awful situation the characters find themselves in. The levity in the show makes you *almost* forget why all those people are there.
The show is a beautiful tribute to what happened that day. It commemorates those who were lost while still demonstrating the power of the human spirit and that being human is sometimes all it takes to connect with people. We will never forget what happened that day and we shouldn’t. This show will help your catharsis in ways you didn’t know you needed.
Between you, me, and the ghostlight, theatre is a lot more than just singing and dancing. It’s the best form of storytelling we have.
Talk to you next week, blog lovers! Be kind to each other out there.