Coming to the Aronoff: A Heartwarming True Story of a Small Town on 9/11
I will never forget where I was when it happened. I had just started working at Q102 a month earlier. I was new. Didn’t know many people in the building and the everyday morning show that I had been working with for the past month was out of town on vacation. As I pulled into the Q102 parking lot, I heard the fill-in DJs mention that a plane had crashed into one of the towers of the World Trade Center. It was September 11, 2001. Where were you?
This past January, I was blessed enough to travel to New York City with Broadway in Cincinnati. A work trip where I get to watch some pretty amazing shows and interview some pretty amazing people. We do this trip once a year and watch 5-6 shows that will be coming to Cincinnati for their upcoming Broadway Season. This trip really is an honor because I get to watch the shows before the Broadway Season makes its announcement to the city revealing all of the excitement that will be the future Broadway in Cincinnati Season. On the plane, I learned that one of the shows we could be seeing was “Come From Away.” Never heard of it….
I started reading about “Come From Away” and found out it was a musical that takes place on, September 11, 2001. Immediately, I remember thinking… how is that even going to be possible? Two things, I thought would never be in the same sentence, September 11th, and musical. I kept reading and learned this musical is actually based on a true story, is set in a small town in Newfoundland, and involves 7,000 stranded people. This many years after September 11th, 2001, I thought I had heard all of the stories but it turns out, that wasn’t true. Little did I know then that “Come From Away” would be a feel-good show that turned a catastrophic event into a story of how mankind can come together, support each other, and build long-lasting friendships.
It sounds so cliché to say that the musical, “Come From Away” takes you on a roller coaster of emotions but it’s SO TRUE!!!! There’s no intermission. The show kicks off with “Welcome to the Rock,” a song that showcases most of the main characters and a drum beat that feels like a racing heart. My favorite song from the musical “Come From Away” is “Screech In.” What does it mean? Literally kissing a codfish on the mouth, but honestly, it’s so much more than that. Tensions rise, new romance blossoms, and another one ends over the course of a week on “The Rock.”
Having known very little about “Come From Away,” I learned a lot. After seeing the show, I wanted to research as much as I could about the people of Newfoundland and it’s 7,000 stranded passengers. “Come From Away” is a great show for all generations. You have to go and take the ride for yourself. Take some tissues.