Broadway Utica is proud to announce its latest endeavor as part of its ongoing commitment to supporting the Central New York (CNY) community through its “Beyond the Stage” initiative. This initiative aims to spotlight local nonprofits and charities. As Come From Away sweeps through town Broadway Utica is honoring the dedication and sacrifice of our region’s first responders and Food Pantry Drive.

As part of this initiative, UTICA CENTER FOR DEVELOPMENT and Broadway Utica will be launching a pantry drive to support local families in need and raise awareness about food insecurity in the region. The pantry drive will kick off on April 2 and run through both show nights of COME FROM AWAY, April 16-17 with collection set up at Utica Center for Development 726 Washington St. Utica, Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 1 pm. Community members are encouraged to donate non-perishable food items and
essential supplies to help stock the shelves of local food pantries and support those
facing hunger in our community. We are accepting food donations of the following non-perishable food items: Peanut Butter / Jelly, Canned soup, Canned fruit, Canned vegetables, Canned stew, Canned fish, Canned beans, Pasta, Rice, Juices, Water

Broadway Utica will also be honoring the invaluable contributions of our region’s first
responders. COME FROM AWAY is a beautiful salute to First Responders in health and
safety as well as community passion and support. These dedicated individuals play a crucial role in keeping our community safe and secure, often putting their own lives on
the line to protect others. Broadway Utica will express gratitude for their service and
sacrifice, recognizing the vital role they play in our community.

Nominate a first responder (ex: firefighter, law enforcement officer, paramedic,
emergency medical technician, nurse etc.). Must complete the form to
qualify. Nomination Form.

“We are thrilled to continue our ‘Beyond the Stage’ initiative, which highlights and
honors the bravery and selflessness of our first responders,” said Carrie Klepadlo,
Director of Development and Communications at Broadway Utica. “By coming together
as a community, we can make a meaningful difference in the lives of those in need and
show our appreciation for the individuals who dedicate themselves to serving others.”

Three individuals will be chosen, and each will receive two tickets to the upcoming
performance of COME FROM AWAY April 16. For more information about Beyond the
Stage with Come From Away, visit

Come From Away is based on a true story of selflessness and compassion after the 9/11 attacks on New York’s World Trade Center. The show opens in the small Canadian town of Gander, Newfoundland, on September 11, 2001. The town contains an airport that was once a major transatlantic refueling stop, but no longer gets much air traffic — until 38 planes are rerouted there when the American airspace closes. In the week after 9/11, the town’s population doubled as its residents banded together to house, clothe, and feed 7,000 plane passengers from all over the world. Each member of the cast plays multiple characters — at least one Gander resident and one plane passenger each.

Each character is either a direct representation of a real person or a composite of
several real people and Come From Away focuses on a select few people’s stories.
Among the characters are the first-ever female captain of an American Airlines plane,
the mayor of Gander, multiple schoolteachers, a couple both named Kevin, and a couple who meets on their displaced flight and bonds during their time in Gander and
eventually married.

Broadway Theatre League of Utica is thrilled to present the national tour of COME
FROM AWAY, a Broadway musical about the true story of the small town that
welcomed the world, will make its UTICA debut to The Stanley Theatre for a limited
engagement Tuesday and Wednesday, April 16-17. COME FROM AWAY tickets are on
sale now!

Tickets are available at The Stanley Theatre box office (259 Genesee St., Utica), by
visiting, or by calling The Stanley Theatre box office at 315-724-4000. Group discounts of 10 or more can be placed by calling Broadway Utica directly at 315-624-9444.