After the terrorists attacks on September 11, 2001, airplanes had to be diverted as the airspace over the United States was closed. Thirty-eight planes landed in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada.
“Come From Away” is an award-winning Broadway musical about the Gander citizens and the passengers and crew members from the planes who were forced to exist together and help each other for the better part of a week. The show opened in March of 2017.
The book, music, and lyrics are by married Canadian writing team Irene Sankoff and David Hein - who created the show by interviewing the real people involved in the events of that day and week.. The show is directed by Christopher Ashley with musical staging by Kelly Devine. The cast of 12 plays both - and various - Gander-ites and Plane people.
De’Lon Grant, who is an actor, singer and photographer who grew up in Duluth, Minnesota and attended holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Acting from the University of Michigan and a Master in Music with concentration in Musical Theatre Performance from The Boston Conservatory of Music, is making his Broadway debut in “Come From Away.”