29 October 2019 – Come From Away – Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, New York
The 11 September, the world stopped. The 12 September, their history has given us life. That begins by what the press release of the show. At the top of the box office since its launch in 2017 and acclaimed by the press and spectators, « Come From Away » est aux yeux de certains le bijou de Broadway. Very different from its counterparts Theater District, musical opts for simplicity and emotion.
"Come From Away" is inspired by a true story. The show tells the events that shook a small city in Canada, Gander, or 38 avions ont atterri en catastrophe après les attentats du 11 September 2001. 7 000 passagers ont été recueillis, housed and fed by the inhabitants of the island for nearly a week, pending to return home. The show shows how they have learned to know and how did a solid friendship that still endures today 😊.
Loin d’être un spectacle dramatique comme on pourrait l’imaginer : le texte est drôle et le scénario réserve son lot de situations cocasses ! When a gay couple landed in the only bar in town, in 2001, it is expected that not everything goes as planned 😅. The fact that the music is inspired by a true story the harder emotionally makes and inevitably became attached to the characters. The actors play several roles, but we understand pretty quickly who is who. On the other hand, il m’a bien fallu 10 min pour m’adapter au débit et aux accents – c’est d’ailleurs l’un des thèmes de la toute première chanson : « You probably understand about a half of what we say ». It was not far 😂
The original band, let's talk about it! There is a scent of Ireland in music, reflection of & rsquo; legacy Gander. The songs are catchy and interpreted choir by the whole troupe. Je retiendrai principalement : « Welcome to the Rock », « On the Edge » and « In The Bar / Heave Away ». Unlike other shows District, there are few solos, but they are successful; especially « Me And the Sky », which is one of the evening's climax. Il y a 8 musiciens dont certains interagissent directement sur scène pendant la représentation. At the end of the show, they offer the public a jam session which closes the festival in the energy and good humor!
The show won the Tony Award for best director - which is one of the highest honors that a musical can have 🏆. And for good reason, it takes to reverse everything that is done and what is expected of a Broadway musical! Right here, pas de décors gigantesques ou d’écrans vidéo : everything rests on twelve chairs and a few tables. This is probably the most refined show that I have ever seen in my life! Ce sont les comédiens et la façon dont ils placent les quelques éléments qui font le décor ; one is alternately in a bar, a bus or a plane. And it works 👍.
The scene is still dressed : we can see a few tree trunks here and there and the background is a huge wood panel through light rays that create different moods as needed. Nothing to say about the costumes that are, in most cases, des tenues de tous les jours : the actors in change regularly for switching from one character to another.
In total, there is 12 artistes sur scène si on ne compte pas les musiciens. Chacun interprète 2 personnages : a resident of Gander and a transit passenger. It is difficult to tell if a particular one is alienated, car les performances sont plus ou moins égales ; but what strikes most, it is their tremendous energy.
I loved the fluidity of the show, that is played without intermission. L’histoire nous maintient en haleine pendant près de 1 h 40 et pendant ce temps : dialogues and songs keep coming, there is no time to death. Et c’est assez rare pour être souligné !
If I were to keep only the evening image, it is the public enthusiasm that rose as one man at the end of the show to applaud artists 👏. It was a gamble to offer a show the opposite of what is usually done on Broadway. We did not need anything else than a good story (real) and good songs after all! Je suis sorti du théâtre avec le sourire : this is a show that does good by his energy and showing the nice things that people can accomplish with a little bit of solidarity. Nevertheless, I recommend you to choose "Come From Away" if you do not trust your English… The characters speak quickly, often with different accents, et comme tout est basé sur le texte : you risk being dropped. There are things more accessible.
On this subject, I think autumn is the perfect time to skim the Broadway Theater, non ? 🍂 I asked you a few days ago what musicals you advise me. Vous m’avez répondu : « Waitress », « West Side Story », "Jagged Little Pill" and "Moulin Rouge". I have before me a few months to make a return on these shows, so, waiting : I invite you to join me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to discover the other shows I've been fortunate to attend! And if you like Broadway, cliquez ici : #Broadway - there are many things that await you!
Trailer " Come From Away »