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For the first time in three decades, a Broadway blockbuster will finally head to Newcastle.

The critically-acclaimed musical Come From Away is set to run for an extended stay at the Civic Theatre, when it opens from 18 February.

Based on the incredible real-life events in the wake of the September 11, it’s an inspiring story about unity and kindness in adversity.

Set in Gander, Newfoundland, where 38 planes carrying nearly 7,000 people from more than 100 countries were redirected during this traumatic period, almost doubling the population of the remote Canadian town.

Capturing the generosity and hospitality of the small community, who invited the “come from aways” into their homes, it is an uplifting tale of hope and humanity.

Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes is thrilled the Tony and Olivier award-winning musical would make its way to Newcastle in 2023. 

“This is a spectacular Broadway theatre production and a major coup that’s sure to enhance the cultural life of our city for Novocastrians and visitors this summer,” she stated.

“Major events are a clear economic driver and Come From Away will be a significant drawcard for our city.

“It joins a stellar line-up of international acts featured on Newcastle’s 2023 calendar, kicking off on 10 January with one of the biggest names in music, Elton John, offering a taste of what is to come for the region.” 

Civic Theatre manager Leonie Wallace said by securing a Broadway show like Come From Away, the venue was now in consideration for future international theatre productions of this calibre. 

“We look forward to seeing this spectacular production come to life on stage with our theatre’s iconic proscenium arch, grand tiered seating and incredible atmosphere,” she added.

“Now, we can demonstrate the demand for other musicals and live theatre productions on the national touring circuit.”

Newtheatricals producer Rodney Rigby said he jumped at the chance to present Come From Away in the Hunter.

“We’re thrilled that we can bring this record-breaking Broadway musical about kindness and humanity to Newcastle,” he explained.

“Newcastle audiences will finally get to see a production that has captured the hearts of millions across Broadway, London’s West End, North America, Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney.” 

For further details, visit www.civictheatrenewcastle.com.au  

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