What to know before seeing Broadway’s “Come From Away” in SF

Pizza and housemade pasta are the stars at Tratto, a trattoriaconveniently located inside The Marker Hotel on Geary Street in San Francisco. (Photo courtesy of Tratto).

The 9/11-inspired, Tony award-winning musical “Come From Away” has just arrived at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Theatre for its Jan. 8-Feb. 3 run. Here’s everything a theatergoer needs to know beforehand, from where to grab a bite — hello, Popsons burgers! — to how to score reserved parking near the theater. And, of course, the answers to the biggest questions of all: Is the show any good? And how can anything 9/11-inspired be fun? (Hint: Wait’ll you see it. It’s uplifting and awesome.)

Pre-show dining (and post-show drinks!)
Pizza and housemade pasta are the stars at Tratto in San Francisco. (Tratto).

Going to the theater isn’t just about the actors and the songs. It’s a whole experience. There’s dinner before, and drinks or dessert afterward, so you can talk through all those plot twists, poignant songs and the whole heartwarming truth about what happened on Sept. 12.

So here are five of our favorite restaurant options, all within walking distance of the big theaters, including the Curran, ACT’s Geary, The Strand and the Orpheum, as well as the Golden Gate Theatre. Psst, Popsons and The Market are ridiculously close to the latter.

The parking dilemma

BART is just a few blocks from the theater, but if you’re driving — and fretting over where you’re going to park and how much it will cost — fret not. Here’s how to score reserved and discount parking near the theater.

What’s this show about? Come away from where?

Dubbed the tale of 9/12, this musical written and composed by Irene Sankoff and David Hein, won a best director Tony award for Christopher Ashley. In all the horror and tragedy of what happened on Sept. 11, there were beautiful, heartwarming tales, too, including the story of the small town of Gander, Newfoundland. Some 38 U.S.-bound flights were diverted to Gander’s airport that day, stranding 7,000 passengers from around the world in a town whose 11,000 residents rushed into action. They opened their lodges, gymnasiums and even their homes, shared bedding, cooked meals and took these “come from aways” into their hearts.

So is the show any good?

The San Francisco show just opened, so we won’t know until our theater critic opines this weekend But here’s what the New York Times theater critic said about the incredibly popular show when it opened on Broadway in 2017.

Source:: East Bay – Entertainment


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