'Come From Away' Creators Reflect on Show's Run and Enduring Appeal

As the world remembers the 9/11 attacks 21 years later, a small town in Newfoundland has other memories from the following week. That story was captured in the Broadway musical

hit Come From Away. Now, as Come From Away, a little musical that could (and did), prepares to close after a run of over five years, the show's creators David Hein and Irene

Sankoff took time to talk to Newsweek and reflect on the show's creation and how it has affected audiences for over five years. When they began working on it, interviewing

locals in 2011, neither Sankoff nor Hein had any idea that Come From Away would blossom into a Broadway hit and a cult favorite. Sankoff told Newsweek, "Early on, I gave up on

anybody but Canadian high schools and universities [performing it]: Who else would care but Canadians? It was CanCon—Canadian context. Kids would be forced to study in and do it.

So, every step of the way. I've been surprised." Hein added, "The fact that we got invited to a festival in New York was amazing. The fact that producers there were

interested in the show was amazing. And then the fact that we got to do it at La Jolla where Jersey Boys came from—that was amazing. Every step of the way was a gift and a

surprise. And Broadway happened. Then it went beyond Broadway. Now it's in Argentina, and it's opening in Finland this month. It's incredible how far this little story of

celebrating Newfoundland has gone."