Smash Hit Musical Come From Away To Land In Melbourne

19 March 2018

Tony Award winning musical Come From Away will land on stage at a revamped Comedy Theatre in July 2019.

Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren joined Come From Away Producer Rodney Rigby to announce the big news at the Comedy Theatre today, which will undergo a major refurbishment in time for the production.

The Melbourne production will be the first outside North America, opening in Melbourne following a record-breaking run on Broadway. It’s further proof that Victoria really is the cultural capital of Australia.

The heart-warming musical tells the true story of the passengers who were unexpectedly forced to land in Gander, Newfoundland in Canada after the September 11 terrorist attacks, virtually doubling the local population overnight.

Written by Tony and Grammy nominees, David Hein and Irene Sankoff, the unique production uses hundreds of interviews taken from the community in Gander to deliver a powerful message about the kindness of strangers.

The production will open at the soon to be refurbished Comedy Theatre in the heart of Melbourne’s East End, which will see new chairs and better facilities for theatre-goers.

The Andrews Labor Government is thrilled to bring the production to Victoria, attracting thousands of new visitors, backing local jobs and providing a massive boost to our economy.

Produced in Australia by Rodney Rigby and Junkyard Dog Productions, the musical will add to our enviable list of exclusive major events next year, featuring the likes of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the Presidents Cup and the USA Dream Team v Australian Boomers series.

Come From Away will open on 20 July 2019 at the Comedy Theatre. Casting and ticket sales will be announced soon. For more information visit

Quotes attributable to Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren

“This is one of the biggest hits on Broadway and we’re proud to be bringing it exclusively to Victoria and our world famous East End theatre precinct.”

“The only way to see Come From Away outside North America will be in Melbourne, with thousands of fans set to flock to our state to enjoy the show – that’s great news for Victorian jobs, businesses and tourism.”

Quote attributable to Come From Away Producer Rodney Rigby

“Melbourne continues to lead the nation as its theatrical capital with the announcement of the refurbishment of the Comedy Theatre to host the Australian premiere of the Broadway musical Come From Away.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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