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Come From Away scores outstanding new Broadway musical nod from Outer Critics Circle

There's another reason to celebrate the knockout Canadian musical Come From Away — the Broadway show just scored seven nominations for the prestigious Outer Critics Circle awards.

Homegrown 9/11-inspired play is nominated for 7 Outer Critics Circle awards

The homegrown stage production earned seven Outer Critics Circle nods including for the outstanding new Broadway musical award. (Darryl Murphy/CBC)

There's another reason to celebrate the knockout Canadian musical Come From Away — the Broadway show just scored seven nominations for the prestigious Outer Critics Circle awards.

Among the nods, the homegrown stage production was announced Tuesday as a nominee for the outstanding new Broadway musical award.

Married co-creators Irene Sankoff and David Hein earned a nomination for outstanding book and outstanding new score of a Broadway or off-Broadway musical.

The 9/11-inspired musical also earned an acting nod for star Jenn Colella, along with nominations for outstanding director of a musical for Christopher Ashley and outstanding choreographer for Kelly Devine.

Come From Away is set in Gander, N.L., in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. The remote East Coast town saw its population double in size as it sheltered 6,579 passengers and crew from 38 planes diverted when U.S. air space was closed on Sept. 11, 2001.

Prior to its Broadway debut early last month, Come From Away was staged in La Jolla, Calif., Washington, D.C., Seattle and Toronto.

The Come From Away cast was also in Gander for two concerts last October as a fundraiser for local charities.

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