You could feel the New York Times review rippling across the room filled with artists, investors and Newfoundland visitors at Come From Away’s opening night party, held in a ballroom under the glass-domed roof of the neo-classical Gotham Hall on Broadway Sunday night.
It was shortly after 10 p.m. and I was sitting at a table chatting with a pair of male ushers from the Schoenfeld Theatre, the 1,080-seat playhouse where Irene Sankoff and David Hein’s musical is playing on West 45th Street.
Ushers always know what’s really going on at a theatre production – and, in between sips of screech rum cocktails, they told me about preview audiences’ enthusiasm for the Canadian musical – and their own for the upcoming visit by the Prime Minster of Canada, the “very hot” Justin Trudeau.
That’s when another usher rushed over with a phone held aloft like a torch. “It’s a rave from [Times critic …