Gene Weygandt steps into the role of Claude & others in the Broadway production of the Tony Award-nominated musical Come From Away March 22 at Broadway's Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. Weygandt, who arrives on Broadway from the Australian company of the international hit musical, succeeds original cast member Joel Hatch, who played his final performance March 20.
Weygandt has also been seen on Broadway in the musical version of Big, as well as in the long-running Stephen Schwartz musical Wicked.
The international hit musical Come From Away, which resumed performances at the Schoenfeld September 21, 2021, tells the true story of 7,000 stranded air passengers during the wake of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. The ensemble cast take on a variety of roles, from travelers to locals to airline personnel.
The show features music, lyrics, and a book by Irene Sankoff and David Hein with direction by Tony winner Christopher Ashley, choreography by Olivier winner Kelly Devine, music supervision and arrangements by Ian Eisendrath, scenic design by Beowulf Boritt, costume design by Toni-Leslie James, lighting design by Howell Binkley, sound design by Gareth Owen, orchestrations by August Eriksmoen, and casting by Rachel Hoffman of The Telsey Office.
The film capture of Come From Away began streaming on Apple TV+ beginning September 10, while a free, in-person concert staging of the musical was presented in front of the Lincoln Memorial that same day.
After opening March 12, 2017, the musical was nominated for seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The West End production reopened in London in July.