Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation
May 3, 2017

The following statement was given today in the House of Assembly by the Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore, Minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation:

Acknowledging Tony Award Nominations for ‘Come From Away’

Mr. Speaker, today I rise in this Honourable House to acknowledge the seven Tony Award nominations for ‘Come From Away’.

Shining brightly on Broadway's Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre in New York City, ‘Come From Away’ has become a smash hit in the New York theatre scene. Playing to sold out shows, fabulous reviews and now, a nomination for the most prestigious honour in theatre, a Tony Award for best musical.

In addition, the ‘Come From Away’ writing team of Irene Sankoff and David Hein also received nominations for best original score, best book for a musical, and musical score. In all, ‘Come From Away’ garnered seven Tony Award nominations in what I am told was a very competitive year on the Broadway scene.

‘Come From Away’ is an excellent portrayal of our genuine kindness, generosity, understanding, inclusion and acceptance during one of the darkest moments in recent history.

I attended ‘Come From Away’ in late March, and was humbled by the amazing reception of our story of goodwill.

Mr. Speaker, I felt immense pride when patrons rose to their feet with a standing ovation, knowing that this was an honour to the fine people of Gander and surrounding area. The simple focus of ‘Come From Away’ makes theatregoers feel good about themselves, and how we as a community, when tested, can rise above any challenge.

I invite all Honourable members to join me in congratulating ‘Come From Away’, and its nomination for Broadway's biggest honour.

Thank you.

2017 05 03                              2:45 p.m.