Congratulations to the cast and crew of Come From Away, the Canadian-produced musical that hit Broadway last night and knocked it off the runway, according to The New York Times.
If you don’t know anything about the story, keep it that way and go and see it.
For everyone else, on that fateful 11th day of September in 2001, a LOT of planes crossing the Atlantic had to be grounded in mid-flight as part of Operation Yellow Ribbon, so where better to land a schooner-load of ‘dem, experts reasoned, than in Gander, Newfoundland.
When all was said and done, 39 aircraft carrying about 6,600 passengers and crew members, or about half of Gander’s total population, touched down safely in the tiny Newfoundland town, where they then had to rely on the support and generosity of complete strangers (in a FOREIGN country!) until U.S. airspace opened up days later.