‘Come From Away’ Leaves ‘The Humans’ Searching for a New Home

Carol Rosegg

After critically-acclaimed runs in San Diego, Seattle, Washington, D.C. and Toronto, "Come From Away" will finally land on Broadway this spring -- with performances beginning at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre Feb. 18, 2017 ahead of a March 12-opening.

The news puts Stephen Karam's "The Humans" in an odd place. The 2016 Tony winning Best Musical will play its final performance at the Schoenfeld on Jan. 15 -- but a source close to the production hints to NBC New York that an end of its run is not necessarily in sight.

It wouldn't be the first time the family ensemble drama switched things up. "The Humans" was originally commissioned by the nonprofit Roundabout Theatre Company, opening at its off-Broadway Laura Pels Theatre in the fall of 2015.

The rights of the show were then sold to producer Scott Rudin, who opened the play at the 597-seat Helen Hayes Theatre.

After winning four Tony Awards, Rudin moved "The Humans" to the bigger Schoenfeld in August -- adding 450 more seats to a night to its weekly grosses. The question now will be whether Rudin waits for another Broadway house to become available or decides to transfer the production off-Broadway.

"Come From Away," meanwhile, will be the first Broadway musical set against the backdrop of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

It tells the story of the small town of Gander, Newfoundland -- where 38 planes were forced to make emergency landings following the 2001 attacks. The 6,579 passengers doubled the population of the small town for a week.

The show ultimately explores how those people found humanity and hope during our nation’s dark crisis.

Canadians Irene Sankoff and David Hein wrote the book and score, while Tony nominee Christopher Ashley (“Memphis”) directs.

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