When it comes to “9/11 musicals,” few have been more successful, or critically –considered as Canadian production Come from afar. Originally premiered in 2012 and debuted on Broadway in 2017 musical tells the story of some the thousands of people whose planes were hijacked to a small town in Newfoundland on September 11, 2001; and the efforts of townspeople to help and comfort the massive influx of shocked strangers.
Now, this story of connection in the face of tragedy is expected to reach a much larger audience, with Apple TV + is preparing to air a filmed version of the show, starring Petrina Bromley, Jenn Colella, De’Lon Grant and several others, and directed by Christopher Ashley. The streamer released a new trailer for the film earlier today, showing off its minimalist set design and general good humor as (to quote the press release) “passengers and locals deal with what happened while finding love, laughter and new hope in the unlikely and lasting bonds they forge.
Come from afar was actually supposed to get a full film adaptation, to the recent In the heights, with plans in place to actually film in the small town of Gander. COVID rejected that plan, however, and so this compromise was developed, bringing most of the Broadway actors back to film a version of the show at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater in New York City.
In terms of actual review, it’s really hard to get anything out of the trailer: the few jokes on display all sound pretty funny, and the music clips we get are inspiring, though. anonymous. And, honestly, it’s an incredibly difficult project To criticism: the whole is imbued with so much good humor “we are all in the same boat” that you must either embrace it fully, or risk being labeled a cynical cranky.
In all cases: Come from afar aired on Apple TV + on September 10, one day before the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks.