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Writers and cast from 'Come From Away' discuss true story behind Broadway show


The Broadway musical "Come From Away" opens this week in Charlotte.

The musical is based on events after the 9/11 attacks in Gander, a Newfoundland town where nearly 7,000 passengers were diverted to the Gander International Airport in Canada.

The story portrays the experiences of the stranded passengers in the days after 9/11 and how they were welcomed by the residents of Gander. The multiple Tony-nominated production hit Broadway in 2017.

We’ll be joined by the married Canadian team who wrote the musical and two of the actors in this production.


  • Irene Sankoff and David Hein, book, music, lyrics for "Come From Away." Irene and David are a married, Canadian writing team.
  • Christine Toy Johnson, portrays Diane and others in "Come From Away."
  • James Kall, portrays Nick and others in "Come From Away."
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Charlotte Talks Executive Producer Wendy Herkey has been with WFAE since 1998, beginning in the membership department, and has been on the Charlotte Talks staff since 1999.