Welcome to the Rock! Episode 4


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 hit musical 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, the Come From Away musical family – the creative team and the cast – take you through their experience of opening the show in Dublin on their way to the West End. Many of them didn’t know what to expect and weren’t sure exactly how the show would be received, but everyone, including the audiences, were certainly happy that they did open there.

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
John Brant – Producer
Christopher Ashley – Director
Rachel Tucker – Beverley / Annette and others (West End Cast)
David Shannon – Kevin T / Garth and others (West End Cast)
Harry Morrison – Oz and others (West End Cast)
Jenna Boyd – Beulah and others (West End Cast)
Helen Hobson – Diane and others (West End Cast)
Clive Carter – Claude and others (West End Cast)
Nathanael Campbell – Bob and others (West End Cast)
Jonathan Andrew Hume – Kevin J / Ali and others (West End Cast)
Emma Salvo – Janice and others (West End Cast)
Mary Doherty – (West End Cast)
Gareth Owen – Sound Designer

Presented on behalf of Curtain Call by John Schwab


00:00 – 02:10 – Intro
02:15 – 03:40 – Series Catch Up / Thoughts of a West End Transfer
04:10 – 07:20 – Why Dublin?
07:45 – 09:30 – Changes for Europe
09:40 – 12:10 – Casting Considerations
12:10 – 14:15 – Why a Pre-West End Run?
14:30 – 16:20 – Ireland Concerns
16:30 – 21:20 – Opening at The Abbey Theatre, Dublin
21:40 – 23:30 – The Move to London
23:40 – 24:09 – Outro

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