The ROYAL ALEXANDRA, Canada’s oldest legitimate theatre & National Historic Landmark, is celebrating its total refurbishment by opening with an American/Canadian musical “COME FROM AWAY” – which is enroute to Broadway.
The restored theatre – 1,497 seats reduced to 1,244; 9-inches of additional legroom; brand new much wider seats installed identical to the original 1907 models; rake of the orchestra level restored to its original angle; beaux arts mouldings on the balcony fronts and ceiling cleaned and restored.
Architect JOHN LYLE’s revolutionary design of the auditorium has been kept with cantilevered balconies allowing all audience member’s pillar-free sightlines.
“COME FROM AWAY” has already proven itself at the La Jolla Playhouse, the Seattle Repertory Theatre and Ford’s Theatre in Washington DC, and is now headed for Broadway with a 2-month stopover at TORONTO’s Royal Alex.
As a ‘thank you’, the cast <PHOTO ABOVE> brought the production to Gander, Newfoundland, where the story behind the musical actually unfolded. On September 11, 2001, when the World Trade Center was destroyed and commercial air traffic over American airspace was completely shut down 38 US-bound flights landed at Gander’s Airport unexpectedly, nearly doubling the town’s population. Newfoundlanders who are, without a doubt, the most hospitable people anywhere, pitched in, fed and housed 6,000 stranded passengers. The townsfolk bonded with the travelers, and many relationships were established that have lasted to this day.
The idea for the show was conceived by Michael Rubinoff, a TORONTO lawyer, producer and Sheridan College’s associate dean of visual and performing arts. On Broadway the show opens February 18, 2017 (previews) and officially on March 12 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. TORONTO tickets – http://www.mirvish.com