Apple Original Films has landed the live filmed production of the award-winning hit musical Come From Away, directed by Christopher Ashley, who received the Tony Award for his direction of the Broadway production, with choreography by Tony nominee and Olivier Award winner Kelly Devine and music supervision by Olivier Award winner and Grammy Award nominee Ian Eisendrath. The production started to film this May in the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre in New York City where the Broadway production is staged. Due to COVID-19, performances of the Broadway production have been suspended since March 12, 2020, the eve of the musical’s 3rd Anniversary. eOne acquired the rights to Come From Away in 2017.
The live filming of the Tony Award winning musical Come From Away will feature cast members from the Broadway production, and will employ over 222 people including the members of the Broadway cast, crew, staff and creative and film teams. Alchemy Production Group will provide stage production and general management. RadicalMedia will film the production, as they did for the filmed versions of Hamilton for Disney+ and David Byrne’s American Utopia for HBO.
Christopher Ashley, who received the Tony Award for his direction of the Broadway production, will direct the live filming version. Ashley most recently directed the filmed version of the stage musical DIANA for Netflix. The original book, music and lyrics were written by Tony nominees and Olivier Award winners Irene Sankoff and David Hein who will also serve as Executive Producers alongside RadicalMedia’s Jon Kamen, Dave Sirulnick and Meredith Bennett. Jennifer Todd and Bill Condon will produce alongside the original stage play producers, Junkyard Dog Productions, as well as Mark Gordon. Brittany Hapner will serve as a co-producer. The film will feature musical staging by Olivier Award winner and two-time Tony Award nominee Kelly Devine, and music supervision by Olivier Award winner and Grammy Award nominee Ian Eisendrath.
Come From Away tells the remarkable 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.
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