Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation
December 4, 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 Grammy Nomination for Come From Away

Mr. Speaker, today I rise in this Honourable House to acknowledge the Grammy Award nomination for the Broadway musical Come From Away.

Specifically, the musical has been nominated for best musical theatre album.

Mr. Speaker, the previous winners in this category are a who’s who of the world’s most famous Broadway musicals; The Colour Purple, Hamilton, and West Side Story, just to name a few.

This nomination is just another in the long list of achievements for Come From Away, and the accolades and triumphs continue to grow.

Just recently, Come From Away grossed the highest eight-show week in the history of the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre in New York, earning just over $1.52 million. The previous record was held by It’s Only a Play, which starred prominent Broadway actors Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane and Stockard Channing.

And now Mr. Speaker, maybe the grandest accolade of all – a film adaptation of Come From Away is in development.

While still in the very early stages of planning and writing, Come From Away creators Irene Sankoff and David Hein told the media they are bursting with ideas for the cinematic version of their Broadway musical. Ms. Sankoff said she looks forward to showing “more of the world, more of the characters and the place itself.”

Mr. Speaker, I attended Come From Away in March, and it is an excellent portrayal of our province’s genuine kindness, generosity and acceptance during one of the darkest moments in recent history.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all Honourable members to join me in wishing Come From Away best of luck at the 60th Grammy Awards on January 28. Thank you.

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