La Jolla Playhouse-bred ‘Come From Away’ sets Broadway box-office mark


Eight months after it opened in New York, the La Jolla Playhouse-launched musical “Come From Away” continues to go strong on Broadway.

The latest evidence: The show, which had its world premiere at the Playhouse in June 2015, has just broken the box-office record at Manhattan’s Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre.

“Come From Away” took in about $1.52 million for its eight performances during the week ending Nov. 26. That topped the $1.45 million weekly high mark set in 2014 by “It’s Only a Play,” which boasted such stars as Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick.

Among other shows that have run at the theater since 2005, when the former Plymouth Theatre became the Schoenfeld, are “The Bridges of Madison County,” “American Psycho” and another Playhouse-launched musical, the short-lived “Bonnie & Clyde.”

Producers of “Come From Away” also announced recently that the show will be made into a feature film. It has now been confirmed that Christopher Ashley, the Playhouse’s artistic chief, will direct the movie.

Ashley won his first Tony Award this year for the Broadway production of the musical, which tells the fact-based story of how a tiny town in Newfoundland took in thousands of stranded air passengers after the 9/11 terror attacks.

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