Jenn Colella Will Return to COME FROM AWAY on Broadway
Jenn Colella will take to the skies again this summer. The star will return to Come From Away on Broadway, reprising her Tony-nominated performance as Beverly Bass/Annette, starting June 21 for a limited engagement at the Schoenfeld Theatre.
That same day, Sharone Sayegh (The Band’s Visit) will join the company directly from the North American Tour as Bonnie. Rachel Tucker will return to the role of Beverley/Annette on August 9 and original Broadway cast member Petrina Bromley will return to the role of Bonnie on September 27. As always, the cast will play supporting characters in addition to their main roles.
The ensemble currently features Bromley, De’Lon Grant, Becky Gulsvig, Caesar Samayoa, James Seol, Q. Smith, Astrid Van Wieren, Emily Walton, Jim Walton, Gene Weygandt, Sharon Wheatley, Paul Whitty, Josh Breckenridge, John Jellison, Tony LePage, Monette McKay, Happy McPartlin, and Julie Reiber.
Come From Away has now been on Broadway for over 5 years, having opened March 12, 2017. In addition to Colella’s nomination, the musical scored 6 nods, including Best Musical and Best Original Score, and won Best Direction for Christopher Ashley. It reopened September 21 last year following the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown.
Additional productions are currently playing in London’s West End, where it won the Olivier Award for Best New Musical in 2019, on tour in Australia and New Zealand (restarting July 7), and on tour in North America. A new staging will return to Toronto in 2024, following a planned sit-down engagement in Ottawa, Canada. A film capture of the show is currently available to stream on Apple TV+.
Featuring a book, music, and lyrics by Irene Sankoff and David Hein, Come From Away follows the true story of 38 planes, carrying around 7,000 passengers, that descended upon Gander, Newfoundland in Canada in the aftermath of 9/11. Faced with short supplies, cultural tensions, and security fears, the town and new arrivals must band together in the face of tragedy.
The production also features musical staging by 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, and orchestrations by August Eriksmoen.