Musical 'Come From Away' Celebrates Human Compassion in the Aftermath of 9/11

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The first North American tour company of "Come From Away." (Photo: Matthew Murphy)

On Sept. 11, the small town of Gander, Newfoundland became host to 7,000 international travelers whose flights were grounded following the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The Tony Award-winning musical 'Come From Away,' which opened in San Francisco this week, tells the stories of the stranded passengers and the kindnesses, small and large, extended to them by Gander's residents. Forum talks with the show co-creator, one of its performers, and a passenger who spent five days in the town.

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David Hein, co-creator, along with his wife Irene Sackoff, of the Broadway musical "Come From Away." They conceived the show and wrote the book, music, and lyrics.

Christine Toy Johnson, actor, writer, and director; plays Diane in "Come From Away"

Meghan Schwartz, was grounded in Gander for five days after 9/11