Images of the 9/11 terror attacks are as shocking as they are indelible.
The cast of Broadway’s “Come From Away” must imagine the disturbing visuals at each performance of the musical set in Gander, Newfoundland. That’s where 38 jets were rerouted with 7,000 passengers who were fed and cared for by the local residents.
“The moment in the show when passengers see images of the World Trade Center for the first time hits me hard every time,” said actress Jenn Colella, 42, who plays an American Airlines pilot.
Days away from the anniversary, she added, “It’s been hitting even harder lately.”
The Tony-winning show created by Canadian spouses Irene Sankoff and David Hein doesn’t a have performance on Monday. But the cast will deliver the production’s message of compassion, resilience and community on another stage — the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.
The cast of “Come From Away” will deliver the production’s message of compassion, resilience and community at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.
The actors will be among 2,500 volunteers helping to pack nonperishable meals as part of September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance.
“Come From Away” actors will sing “Prayer,” a number from the musical. “The song is about people of different faiths — Christian, Jewish, Hindu — harmonizing,” said Geno Carr, 40, who plays a Gander cop in the show. “It’s a celebration of coming together.”
The same goes for 9/11 Day, as the event is known. It has grown in 15 years to be the nation’s largest annual day of service and is designed to honor victims and their families with personal acts of kindness and unity.
“The day is about not only looking back as a way to remember,” said its co-creator Jay Winuk, who lost his brother Glenn Winuk in the attacks. “It’s also about looking forward to serving humanity.”
The actors will be among 2,500 volunteers helping to pack nonperishable meals as part of Sept. 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance.
More than 500,000 nonperishable meals — rice, lentils, dried vegetables and spices — are set to be packed on Monday. Of those, 80,000 will be sent to help provide relief to people in and around Houston.
Joel Hatch, 61, who plays the mayor of Gander, will be rolling up his sleeves with his colleagues.
A year ago, he and his fellow actors performed the show on the actual 15th anniversary date in a pre-Broadway run in Washington, D.C., where a plane crashed into the Pentagon on 9/11.
“‘Come From Away’ is always been an emotional show,” said Hatch an original cast member. , who, like nearly all of the Broadway cast, has been with “Come From Away” since its 2015 premiere in La Jolla, Calif. “D.C. was even more intense. It prepared us for how New York would feel.
“The show revisits a dark (time),” Hatch, an original cast member added, “but it does it in way that brings light and gives hope.”