Why I Keep Going Back to Come From Away
Some people have things they absolutely adore. Maybe it's shopping, maybe they love their work, maybe they're happiest around puppies and kittens. As many people know I have that, I love seeing shows. But in particular, I find myself always returning to Come From Away. Some people might say "Why are you so in love with a musical about 9/11?" Well to that I say, it's the story that they tell.
I had put the show on my list of things to see, purely because I thought I should see everything that was up for best musical at the 2017 Tony Awards, even if it was after the fact. I kept seeing ads with the music and since it kept getting stuck in my head I figured I would go. I had over a month between buying my ticket and seeing the show for the first time and in that time I fell in love with it. I listened to the music constantly, trying to get a feel for what it was so I wouldn't be completely surprised when the show started. I found myself so invested in it, that by the time I finished listening to it all the way through the first time I was so impatient to see it, even starting a countdown on my phone. After the first time I saw it, I walked to get a cab and in my head I knew that I wanted to take everyone I knew to see the show.
So several days later I bought my ticket to go again. I had no doubt whatsoever that I would enjoy it as much as I did the first time, but I was wrong. I enjoyed it even more. So naturally, I said I needed to go again. And I've never had this experience with another show. I ended up seeing Matilda twice purely by coincidence, and I only saw The Great Comet twice to gain a different perspective. But Come From Away somehow ended up meaning a lot to me.
When I entered the theater for the third time this summer, I already had chills. Granted, the air conditioner was blasting, but I knew what I was going to get to see, and I was so excited. I got to see the incredible Julie Reiber as Janice and others because Kendra Kassebaum recently left the company. I also got to see De'Lon Grant as Bob and others, who recently joined the company. Both of them were fantastic. And once again I went to the stage door and met almost the entire cast, minus one person. They are all absolutely lovely and one of the best casts on Broadway.
So why do I keep going back to Come From Away? Because the uplifting message and kindness of the people involved make it one of the best parts of my life.