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Donna Reed scholar part of Broadway reopening

De'Lon Grant
De'Lon Grant

Musical inspired by acts of kindness on Sept. 11 to reopen on Broadway.

A Broadway musical inspired by events following the Sept. 11 attacks is about to resume performances after a COVID-19 pandemic pause.

“Come From Away,” tells the story of the small Canadian town of Gander in Newfoundland. It is where 38 planes were forced to land on the day of the attack. The cast plays many real people from the town who took in the stranded airline passengers for days.

Cast member De'Lon Grant, a 2002 Donna Reed Scholarship Finalist in Acting, was a high school student in Duluth, MN when the attack occurred. Now a New York actor, he says he sees the impact of those events and of the show in a different light. “Not only responsibility with telling this story, but also realizing that people were in the middle of it and couldn’t escape it,” Grant says.

“Come From Away” reopens on Sept. 21. A filmed performance of the show will air tonight on Apple+, the eve of the 20th anniversary of the attacks.


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