Broadway musical co-written by SOCAN member David Hein earns seven nominations for 2017 Tony Awards

May 8, 2017

The Broadway musical Come From Away, co-written by SOCAN member David Hein and his wife Irene Sankoff (ASCAP), has earned seven nominations in the 2017 Tony Awards, which recognize excellence in live Broadway theatre. The duo received two of the honours, for Best Original Score and Best Book of a Musical. Come From Away is only the second Canadian-written show in the 71-year history of the Tonys to vie for Best Musical, following 2006's The Drowsy Chaperone, which won five awards.

Come From Away is a feel-good musical about Newfoundland hospitality in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001. It tells the true story of what happened after 38 planes were ordered to land unexpectedly in Gander, NL, after the attacks. The characters are based on real Gander locals, and some of the thousands of stranded travelers who they housed and fed.

Sankoff and Hein travelled to Gander in 2011 for the 10th anniversary of 9/11, and spent a month there gathering true-life tales of humour, hospitality and heroism from locals, which they later translated into their theatrical work. The show has earned huge critical and popular success, at least partly because it offers a generous counterpoint to the current presidential will to build walls and ban immigrants. A recent performance was attended by Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau.

SOCAN congratulates David Hein and Irene Sankoff on their great accomplishment!