Welcome to the Rock! Episode 3


Welcome to the podcast series, “Welcome to the Rock!” A behind the curtain peek at what it takes to get a show from a seed of an idea all the way to a Broadway hit.

The international musical hit Come From Away tells the incredible real-life story of the passengers from all over the world that were grounded in the small town of Gander, Newfoundland in the wake of the events of 9/11. Gratitude grew into friendship, hope blossomed in the face of tragedy and a musical was written to celebrate the community created in an incredible time of need by both the Canadians and the Come From Aways.

In this episode, you’ll meet the producers of Come From Away. These are the individuals that saw the potential of this story of a small, rural community on a small Canadian Island and had the vision to craft a journey for the show that would see it break audience records across the country before hitting Broadway.

The voices you will hear in this episode are:
Sue Frost – Producer, Junkyard Dog Productions
Randy Adams – Producer, Junkyard Dog Productions
David Hein and Irene Sankoff – Book, Music & Lyrics
Kenny and Marleen Alhadeff – Producers, Junkyard Dog Product
John Brant – Producer
Christopher Ashley – Director

Presented on behalf of Curtain Call by John Schwab

00:00 – 02:10 – Intro
02:15 – 03:40 – Behind the Story
04:00 – 07:00 – JunkYard Dog Producers / Meeting David & Irene
07:15 – 08:00 – The Production Plan…
08:00 – 10:25 – UK Producers
10:30 – 11:40 – Many Pins on the Map
11:45 – 15:30 – Beyond Broadway Dreaming
15:45 – 16:45 – A Blessing and a Curse
17:00 – 20:00 – It’s an Audience’s Story
20:05 – 23:15 – Audience Reactions City to City
23:30 – 25:40 – A Show Bigger Than a Normal Show
26:10 – 27:45 – What Next?
27:50 – 28:25 – Outro


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