On September 11, 2001, the entire world watched as the Twin Towers collapsed in New York City.
Well, the entire world minus the 6700 people who were sitting on 38 grounded planes on the tarmac at a tiny airport in Gander, Newfoundland.
Those 6700 people had no idea that a historical event was unfolding that would change the world forever.
They were just scared. And tired. And hungry. And a little bit drunk. And they just desperately wanted to call their loved ones to check that everyone was ok.
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They needed reassurance the people they loved weren't caught up in whatever catastrophic event had brought travel into the United States to a standstill.
And they just really wanted to change out of their sweaty, three-day-old shirts.
The acclaimed musical Come From Away is the story of these 6700 people and the story of the friendly Canadians who worked around the clock to make sure they felt welcomed into their community.
Come From Away is not a 9/11 story, but a story of 9/12-9/16.
It's a story about finding the humanity on one of the darkest days for humankind.
It's a story about friendly Canadians, and finding love and friendship in the most unexpected places.
It's a story about getting drunk with strangers and eating random people's casseroles.
And it's bloody hilarious.
The musical features the real stories of real people, as told to show creators, Canadian husband-and-wife team David Hein and Irene Sankoff, during their own trip to Gander on the 10th anniversary of that week of unrivalled hospitality.
When they got there, they experienced that hospitality too. Food was made, keys to homes were handed over, so they didn't need to stay in a hotel, and every story they heard was better than the last.
Like the story of American Airlines pilot Beverley Bass, the first female captain of a commercial plane at American Airlines and the first captain of an all-female crew in the history of commercial jet aviation, whose plane from Paris to Texas was diverted to Gander.