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Your Ultimate Broadway-Inspired NYC Itinerary: ‘Come From Away’

Category Ultimate Broadway Itinerary

|by Matthew Wexler |

Embark on a heartfelt tour of New York

In our continuing series, The Broadway Blog and curate a New York City itinerary to complement your Broadway experience.

In the face of one of the world’s most horrific events, the small Canadian island of Newfoundland welcomed 38 planes and 7,000 passengers who were grounded after the attacks on the World Trade Center. The story of these communities served as the inspiration for the Tony Award-winning musical Come From Away. A diverse ensemble of 12 actors bring the events to life, reminding us that even at our darkest hour, a deep sense of empathy, compassion and humanity unites us all. 

'Come From Away' (Photo: Matthew Murphy)

'Come From Away' (Photo: Matthew Murphy)

9/11 Memorial Museum
Located at the original site of the World Trade Center, the 9/11 Memorial Museum encompasses 110,000 square feet of exhibition space, including permanent installations as well as temporary exhibits. Divided into three sections, the main exhibit includes historical materials; a memorial to those who perished on 9/11 as well as the attack in 1993; and Foundation Hall, which contains a portion of the retaining wall from the original building structure.

“Cover Stories: Remembering the Twin Towers on The New Yorker” (on display through May 2018), showcases 33 magazine covers from the famed publication that depict the World Trade Center both before and after 9/11.

Official 9/11 Memorial Guided Tour
Encompassing the footprint of the original Twin Towers, the National September 11 Memorial’s reflecting pools are the largest manmade waterfalls in the United States and are surrounded by bronze panels inscribed with the names of those who died in the 2001 and 1993 attacks.

This tour offers the opportunity to engage with a trained, experienced guide on a more intimate level to understand the impact and significance of 9/11, as well as design details that honor the victims and their loved ones.

Harbor Lights Cruise
New York City’s skyline was changed forever on 9/11. Though never to be forgotten, the city continues to evolve, as witnessed by One World Trade Center and other architectural wonders. This sunset cruise offers panoramic city views, as well as close passage past the Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn, Manhattan and Williamsburg Bridges.

City Kitchen
The events of 9/11 brought people from all over the world to Newfoundland, where cultural differences were confronted and acknowledged in the wave of unimaginable circumstances. A culinary melting pot can be discovered pre- or post-theater at City Kitchen where various food vendors offer global eats, including Gabriela’s Taqueria, Box Mediterranean, Kuro-Obi ramen, and Whitmans classic American burgers. 700 8th Ave., at 44th St.

An Eye for Design
Theater fans will appreciate scenic designer Beowulf Boritt’s multipurpose set, which seamlessly transforms into multiple locations with the use of simple props and dynamic lighting by Howell Binkley. Boritt is currently represented on Broadway with two other shows:

A Bronx Tale: The Musical
Top off your tour of New York by taking in a show that celebrates its fascinating history. Based on the play and film adaptation by Chazz Palminteri, A Bronx Tale follows a boy’s journey to adulthood in one of New York City’s most iconic neighborhoods.


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