The remarkable friendship between a Come From Away cast member and the real-life woman she portrays
The first time captain Beverley Bass saw Come From Away, the Tony Award-nominated musical based on the true events of an American plane that was stranded in Gander, N.L. on 9/11, she and her husband sobbed through the entire performance.
Bass was the captain on that plane and her story is an integral part of the theatrical production — except she didn't realize just how big a role she had in it till she saw the musical. And playing that part is Jenn Colella.
The two have since struck up a great friendship and have nothing but praise for each other. As Colella tells Ali Hassan, "Not only was this person able to take care of her crew and her passengers, and hold herself together while trying to connect with her family, but she's also a pioneer for women in a male-driven career." (Bass was the first female captain for American Airlines.)
Both Colella and Bass join Hassan on today's show to discuss the real-life event that Bass lived through, the musical production, and all the awards Come From Away has received in recent months.
Web extra: Below are photos provided by Bass, of her early years working at American Airlines and her time with the cast of Come From Away.
— Produced by Cora Nijhawan