Apple TV+ to bring Come from Away to screens
Staff Reporter | On 02, May 2021
Apple TV+ is stepping onto the digital theatre stage, with a recording of the musical Come from Away.
Winner of 4 Olivier Awards, including Best New Musical, the show shares the incredible real-life story of the 7,000 air passengers from all over the world who were grounded in Canada during the wake of 9/11, and the small Newfoundland community that invited these “come from aways” into their lives. As uneasiness turned into trust and music soared into the night, gratitude grew into friendships and their stories became a celebration of hope, humanity and unity.
Originally opening in 2017, it has since taken the West End by storm as well as continuing sold-out, record-breaking engagements on Broadway, across the USA, in Canada and in Australia.
Brought to life by Tony and Grammy nominated writing team Irene Sankoff and David Hein, the production will now be heading to the screen, with a recorded version directed by Christopher Ashley. It follows in the footsteps of Hamilton, the film of which was snapped up by Disney+ and a growing number of theatre productions recorded for TV broadcast and streaming platforms, with the National Theatre even launching its own National Theatre at Home VOD service last year.
Produced by Entertainment One, the Apple TV+ film of Come from Away will employ more than 200 people, including actors and crew, at a time when Broadway theatres have been closed for over a year due to the coronavirus pandemic. It will be recorded this month at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre and will likely feature cast members from Broadway.
Jennifer Todd and Bill Condon will produce alongside the stage show’s original producers, Junkyard Dog Productions, alongw ith Mark Gordon. Sankoff and Hein will also be among the executive producers.
Earlier this year, eOne said that it was eyeing a September release of the film. Now Apple TV+ has snapped up the rights, although there is no word yet whether it will stick with the planned September debut.