Jenn Colella, Chad Kimball and More Will Star in La Jolla's World Premiere of Rock Musical Come from Away | Playbill

News Jenn Colella, Chad Kimball and More Will Star in La Jolla's World Premiere of Rock Musical Come from Away The world-premiere musical Come from Away, inspired by the story of a small town hosting people on Sept. 11, will receive its world premiere at California's La Jolla Playhouse.

Jenn Colella
Jenn Colella

A co-production with Seattle Repertory Theatre, Come from Away will begin performances May 29 prior to an official opening June 11. It will continue through July 5.

The musical features book, music and lyrics by the Canadian husband-and-wife team Irene Sankoff and David Hein (My Mother's Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding).

Playhouse artistic director Christopher Ashley will direct a cast that includes Jenn Colella (Chaplin, High Fidelity) as Beverly, Tony Award nominee Chad Kimball (Memphis, Good Vibrations) as Colin 1, Joel Hatch (Billy Elliot, Annie) as Claude, Rodney Hicks (The Scottsboro Boys, Jesus Christ Superstar) as Bob, Caesar Samayoa (Sister Act, Carmen) as Colin 2, Q Smith (Mary Poppins) as Lana, Sharon Wheatley (Les Miserables, Cats) as Diane, Petrina Bromley (Oil and Water) as Bonnie, Lee MacDougall (Urinetown) as Nick, Astrid Van Wieren (Colony of Unrequited Dreams, Mamma Mia!) as Beulah, Geno Carr (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) as Oz and Allison Spratt Pearce (Sideways) as Janice.

"Come from Away is an original, rock-infused world-premiere musical based on the true story of when the isolated town of Gander, Newfoundland played host to the world," press nostes state. "What started as an average day in a small town turned in to an international sleep-over when 38 planes, carrying thousands of people from across the globe, were diverted to Gander on September 11, 2001. Undaunted by culture clashes and language barriers, the spirited town cheered the stranded travelers with music, an open bar and the recognition that we're all part of a global family."

"This compelling and emotionally-rich piece depicts the transformative experience had by both the townspeople of Gander and the international passengers who landed there on 9-11," Ashley said in a statement. "I am so looking forward to working with this amazing team – comprised of many of our favorite artists who have graced the stages of San Diego, Broadway and Canada – as they build and inhabit this microcosmic world." The creative team includes Ian Eisendrath, music director; Kelly Devine, choreographer; Beowulf Boritt, scenic design; Toni-Leslie James, costume design; Howell Binkley, lighting design; Gareth Owen, sound design; August Eriksmoen, orchestrator; Shirley Fishman, dramaturg; and Martha Donaldson, production stage manager.

Tickets to Come from Away are now on sale individually or through a subscription purchase by calling the Patron Services Department at (858) 550-1010 or online at

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