Cast Announced for Australian Premiere of Heartwarming New Musical ‘Come From Away’
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Based on true events, the critically acclaimed new musical, COME FROM AWAY is coming to Australia, opening in Melbourne on July 20th, and its award-winning creators Irene Sankoff and David Hein were in Melbourne to announce the local cast.
The cast who will bring to life this joyous, incredible true story of 7,000 air passengers who became grounded in Canada during the wake of September 11 includes Nicholas Brown, Nathan Carter, Zoe Gertz, Simon Maiden, Laura Murphy, Richard Piper, Emma Powell, Katrina Retallick and Kellie Rode, together with Glen Hogstrom, Angela Kennedy, Kathleen Moore, Jensen Overend, Ash Roussety and Alana Tranter.
Nicholas Brown (STC’s The Long Forgotten Dream, Disney India’s Beauty and the Beast will play Kevin J (and others); Nathan Carter (Kinky Boots, Wicked and Opera Australia’s My Fair Lady) will play Nick (and others); WAAPA graduate Zoe Gertz (Les Miserables, Wicked, and She Loves Me and High Fidelity at Hayes Theatre) will play Beverley (and others); Simon Maiden (The Dressmaker, Romulus, My Father and Jack Irish) will play Oz (and others); fresh from the world premiere of Muriel’s Wedding, Sydney Theatre Award winner Laura Murphy will play Janice (and others); Richard Piper (Bell Shakespeare’s The War of the Roses, Henry V, MTC’s Born Yesterday, STC’s The Secret River) will play Claude (and others); Emma Powell(Les Miserables, Priscilla – Queen of the Desert) will play Beulah (and others); Helpmann nominee KatrinaRetallick (STC’s Wharf Revue and Channel 9’s Love Child) will play Diane (and others); and Green Room nominee Kellie Rode (The Rocky Horror Show, Virgins) will play Bonnie (and others).
Read more about this incredible diverse cast here.
Producer Rodney Rigby said: “The entire creative team is excited by the extraordinary cast that has been assembled for the Australian company of Come From Away, and we look forward to announcing additional members of the company early in 2019.”
With book, music and lyrics by Tony and Grammy Award nominees, Irene Sankoff and David Hein, COME FROM AWAY is directed by Tony Award winner Christopher Ashley, and choreographed by two-time Tony Award nominee Kelly Devine (Rocky). DanceLife spoke to Kelly when she was in Australia in July for auditions >> read our interview with Kelly about COME FROM AWAY and her successes as a choreographer.
COME FROM AWAY has won numerous awards including the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical (Christopher Ashley), Winner of five Outer Critics Circle Awards (New York) including Outstanding New Broadway Musical. On top of this, the musical has received three Drama Desk Awards (New York) including Outstanding Musical, four Helen Hayes Awards (Washington, D.C) including Outstanding Production of a Musical, four Gypsy Rose Lee Awards (Seattle) including Excellence in production of a Musical and six San Diego Critics Circle Awards including Outstanding New Musical.
COME FROM AWAY is produced in Australia by Rodney Rigby and Junkyard Dog Productions. It will commence previews from 3 July 2019 and open on Saturday 20 July at the newly refurbished Comedy Theatre in Melbourne.