Justin Trudeau speaks to audience at Come From Away
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 16, 2017,
Mar 16, 2017, 13:28
The cast and the audience at Come From Away got a special treat from up north this evening when Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took the stage ahead of the Canadian-born musical to address the audience.
The musical had successful runs in Ontario, San Diego, Seattle and Washington, D.C., before opening on Broadway on March 12 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre.
The first daughter has become friendly with dashing Trudeau and his wife, Sophie, after they met in February in DC with members of a newly formed task force for businesswomen, the United States-Canada Council for the Advancement of Women Business Leaders-Female Entrepreneurs.
Trudeau was accompanied by Trump, President Donald Trump's daughter and a close adviser, along with Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations. Instead he focused on praising the show's story, about a small town in Newfoundland that fed and housed thousands of air travelers from around the world, diverted when North American airspace was closed during the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
While Canadians normally have a reputation for being super nice, it turns out Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also knows how to be shady AF. "There is no relationship quite like the friendship between Canada and the United States". "This story, this awesome show, is very much about that, and it's about friendship as well". American UN Ambassador Nikki Haley was also taking in the show.
"Come From Away", with book, music and lyrics by Canadian husband-and-wife team Irene Sankoff and David Hein, begins a week after the September 11 attacks and tells the true story of a group of 6, 579 people on 38 planes forced to land unexpectedly in Gander, Newfoundland and how the local residents embrace their new neighbors.
The show opened Sunday and received a positive review in The New York Times.
Trudeau spoke just before the performance in New York City on Wednesday night. Critic Ben Brantley called it a "big bearhug of a musical".