Miami (Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts) is thrilled to welcome the national tour of Come From Away, a Broadway musical about the true story of the small town that welcomed the world, along with South Florida native Nick Duckart in the role of Kevin J./Ali and Others!
Nick Duckart was born and raised in Hialeah, FL, attended New World School of the Arts and the University of Florida and still has family in the area. He was beyond thrilled to join the Come From Away family! Nick has appeared regionally at Asolo Repertory Theatre, Olney Theatre Center, Lajolla Playhouse, Kansas City Rep, Artists Repertory Theatre, Palm Beach Dramaworks, Gulfshore Playhouse, Actors Playhouse & others.
Favorite credits include: Evita, In the Heights (Carbonell Award-Best Actor in a Musical), Carmen: An Afro-Jazz Cuban Musical (World Premiere), Man of La Mancha, A View From the Bridge, Venus in Fur, Cuba Libre (World Premier), Next to Normal and more. TV: “The Blacklist”, “The Arrangement”, “Burn Notice”.
The touring production of Come From Away will also star Kevin Carolan (Disney’s Newsies), Harter Clingman (Peter and The Starcatcher), Nick Duckart (In the Heights), Chamblee Ferguson, Becky Gulsvig (School of Rock the Musical), Julie Johnson (Memphis), Christine Toy Johnson (The Music Man), James Earl Jones II (The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess), Megan McGinnis (Les Misérables), Andrew Samonsky (South Pacific), Danielle K. Thomas (Avenue Q), Emily Walton (August Osage County), Marika Aubrey, Jane Bunting, Michael Brian Dunn, Julie Garnyé, Adam Halpin and Aaron Michael Ray.
Come From Away tells the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships.
On September 11, 2001 the world stopped. On September 12, their stories moved us all.
A “Best Musical” winner all around the world, the smash hit musical has won the Tony Award for “Best Direction of a Musical” (Christopher Ashley), 4 Olivier Awards (London) including “Best New Musical,” 5 Outer Critics Circle Awards (NYC) including “Outstanding New Broadway Musical,” 3 Drama Desk Awards (NYC) including “Outstanding Musical,” 4 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards (North American Tour) including “Best Production,” 4 Helen Hayes Awards (D.C.) including “Outstanding Production of a Musical,” 4 Gypsy Rose Lee Awards (Seattle) including “Excellence in Production of a Musical,” 6 San Diego Critics Circle Awards including “Outstanding New Musical,” 3 Toronto Theatre Critics Awards including “Best New Musical,” 3 Dora Awards (Toronto) including “Outstanding New Musical/Opera” and “Outstanding Production,” and the 2017 Jon Kaplan Audience Choice Award (Toronto).
It was a pleasure to sit down with hometown boy Nick Duckart for this exclusive Hotspots interview:
At what age did you begin performing?
I started performing as a sophomore in high school. I was taking a drama class in Hialeah High school to try and get an easy class to up my GPA, but I fell in love with telling a story and the rest is history.
What was your first paid gig?
It was when I did a play with Mad Cat Theater in Miami, when I was still a college student. I won’t disclose the exact amount of money, but it wasn’t very much. However, it was an incredible experience.
When did you know performing would be your career?
One year I was watching the Tony awards and I saw Idina Menzel perform as Elphaba from Wicked, and there was something about the magic of that moment. I knew I wanted to perform forever after I saw that.
Are you excited to be back in Miami, the city that you were brought up in?
So excited. My entire family and all my friends are going to come see the show.
What’s your fantasy role (a role you haven’t played but want to)?
I would say Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha. The music in that show is absolutely gorgeous and he gets to sing some of the prettiest songs ever written. Hopefully when I get older, I can play that role.
What should our readers expect from this touring company of “Come From Away”?
You can expect an incredible story about humanity and kindness, It will make you feel better leaving the theater then you did when you came in. You will laugh, cry and laugh again. You are going to see a true ensemble play of 12 actors telling the story of how a small town in Newfoundland came together to help in a time of darkness for your country.
This show is based on a completely true story and we play real-life characters.
And the people of Miami will get to see one of their own.
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A few of my former “descamisados” from EVITA at @asolorep came to check out @wecomefromaway last night!
For more information on Nick, you can go to his website Nick Duckart.com or follow him on all social media channels /Nick Duckart.
Come From Away tickets are on sale now! Tickets may be purchased through the Arsht Center Box Office in person at 1300 Biscayne Blvd. Miami, by calling 305.949.6722, or online at Arshtcenter.org. Ticket prices start at $34*.
For more information about the show, go to: ComeFromAway.com.