Canadian-produced Broadway smash “Come From Away” has just received the Lin-Manuel Miranda seal of approval, with the creator/star of “Hamilton” taking to Twitter to praise the show after taking in a performance.
“Cod damn you Canadians for the 100 minutes wherein I constantly blinked back tears of gratitude for cheering for kindness & decency & your wonderful show,” tweeted Miranda of “Come From Away”, a musical based on the true story of how the Newfoundland town of Gander welcomed more than 7,000 stranded airline passengers in the days following 9/11.
In a series of subsequent tweets, Miranda effusively praised the show, including its cast and co-creators Irene Sankoff and David Hein, peeling back the curtain to point out crowd-pleasing elements of the play’s structure.
In particular, Miranda explained the term “button” — “a musical theatre term for the bump at the end of the song that lets you know it’s OK to applaud.” Marvelling at the clever way this element is used in “Come From Away”, Manuel joked that “Canadians are RUTHLESS WITH YOUR EMOTIONS.”
Miranda ended his thread by sharing a photo of himself, Sankoff and Hein.
A Canadian production of the Tony-winning musical is currently taking place in Winnipeg until Feb. 3 before moving to Toronto on Feb. 13, with a U.S.-Canada tour set to launch in the fall.
Meanwhile, Sankoff and Hein are also working to adapt “Come From Away” for the big screen.