Playhouse-bred musical 'Away' gets movie deal

The La Jolla Playhouse-birthed Broadway musical “Come From Away” is hitting the big screen — not to mention winging its way to the West Coast again.

An L.A.-based film production company announced today it will produce and finance a movie adaptation of the fact-based show, which won a Tony Award this year for director and Playhouse artistic chief Christopher Ashley.

The Mark Gordon Co. says Irene Sankoff and David Hein, the Canadian husband-and-wife team who created “Come From Away,” will adapt their own story as a screenplay.

“Come From Away” tells the true story of how the tiny Canadian town of Gander, Newfoundland, became a welcoming second home to thousands of international travelers who were stranded after the 9/11 terror attacks grounded all U.S.-bound air traffic.

The musical, which premiered at the Playhouse in June 2015, has been running on Broadway since March; it earned seven Tony nominations altogether.

There’s no word yet on when the film might be shot or scheduled for release. But there is word on the return of “Come From Away” to the West Coast.

L.A.’s Centre Theatre Group has announced that the musical’s national tour will land at the Ahmanson Theatre late next year as part of the theater’s 2018-19 season.

The show will run Nov. 28, 2018 to Jan. 6, 2019.

The Ahmanson actually is hosting another San Diego-launched Broadway show right now: “Bright Star,” the bluegrass-inflected musical co-created by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell. It premiered at the Old Globe three years ago.

That show runs through this Sunday at the L.A. theater.

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