Jenn Colella (front) and the cast of Come From Away at Ford's Theatre.
Jenn Colella (front) and the cast of Come From Away at Ford's Theatre.
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The Broadway cast of Come From Away will take part in La Jolla Playhouse's annual gala, to be held Saturday, February 4, at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina. The event is cochaired by Lynelle and William Lynch and Vivien and Jeffrey Ressler, with honorary cochairs Katherine and Mayor Kevin Faulconer.

Come From Away premiered at the Playhouse in 2015 and will begin Broadway previews February 18. The evening will also feature a tribute to Playhouse artistic director Christopher Ashley upon his 10th anniversary at the theater. The tribute will feature a performance of songs from acclaimed Playhouse productions during Ashley's tenure, among them Xanadu, Side Show, and the Tony Award-winning musical Memphis.

Featuring a book, music, and lyrics by Irene Sankoff and David Hein, Come From Away is directed by Tony nominee Ashley (Memphis) and choreographed by Tony nominee Kelly Devine (Rocky). Set against the backdrop of the tragic events of September 11, 2001, the show follows what happens when 38 planes and 6,579 passengers are forced to land in Gander, Newfoundland, doubling the population of "one small town on the edge of the world."

The Broadway cast, many of whom appeared in the 2015 La Jolla Playhouse and Seattle Repertory Theatre productions of the musical, includes Chad Kimball (Memphis), Jenn Colella (If/Then), Kendra Kassebaum (Wicked), Geno Carr (Allegiance), Joel Hatch (Annie), Rodney Hicks (The Scottsboro Boys), Lee MacDougall (The Wizard of Oz), Caesar Samayoa (Sister Act), Q. Smith (Mary Poppins), Sharon Wheatley (Avenue Q), Astrid Van Wieren (Mamma Mia!), Petrina Bromley (As You Like It), Josh Breckenridge (The Scottsboro Boys), Susan Dunstan (The Lion King), Tamika Lawrence (If/Then), and Tony LePage (Rock of Ages).

The production has music supervision and arrangements by Ian Eisendrath, scenic design by Beowulf Boritt, costume design by Toni-Leslie James, lighting design by Howell Binkley, sound design by Gareth Owen, and orchestrations by August Eriksmoen.

For tickets to Come From Away on Broadway, click here.

For tickets to La Jolla Playhouse's gala, click here.