Nick Duckart Is Having a 'Great Ride' on 'Come From Away' Tour

by Joe Siegel

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Tuesday December 3, 2019

Nick Duckart is co-starring in the North American tour of the Tony-award winning musical "Come from Away" at Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC) from December 3 through 8.

The events take place in the week following the September 11 attacks and tell the true story of what happened when 38 planes were ordered to land unexpectedly in the small town of Gander, in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, as part of Operation Yellow Ribbon.

The characters in the musical are based on real Gander residents, as well as some of the 7,000 stranded travelers they housed and fed.

"Come from Away" opened on Broadway in 2017 and became a critical and box office success, routinely playing to standing-room-only audiences even during previews.

In October 2018, it became the longest-running Canadian musical in Broadway history, surpassing "The Drowsy Chaperone's" previous record of 674 performances.

Duckart, a Miami native, plays two roles in "Come from Away" - Kevin J. (one half of a gay couple), and Ali, an Egyptian Muslim.

Duckart saw the show when it debuted on Broadway in 2015 and was fascinated by the stories and people involved.

"It was a true story I had never heard of before (featuring) an immense amount of kindness and humanity and love," Duckart told EDGE. "Humans taking care of each other in the darkest moment in our country's history. I could not believe this was a story that actually happened."

Duckart's family background is diverse. His father was born in Argentina and his mother is Italian.

In Miami, Duckart attended the New World School of the Arts and acted in local theater productions before moving to New York City.

The actor has appeared in the musicals "In the Heights" and in "Evita" as Juan Peron.

"It's been a great ride," Duckart said. "I enjoy telling stories that make people think. Not every performance is going to be perfect by any means, but it's not about me, it's about performing shows that make people feel things, that make people think, that make people want to go home and talk about (what they saw)."

Duckart believes the uplifting message of "Come from Away" is resonating with audiences.

"I think we all need to be reminded of the human capacity for kindness," Duckart said. "Everyone (working on the production) will say that we are doing a public service. I really do believe that and I don't think that is hyperbolic in any sense of the word. We are doing a public service by telling this incredible story every night."

"Come from Away" runs from December 3 through 8. Providence Performing Arts Center. Tickets are available for purchase online, by phone at (401) 421-2787, or at the PPAC Box Office located at 220 Weybosset Street in downtown Providence.

Joe Siegel has written for a number of other GLBT publications, including In newsweekly and Options.

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