Just days before the Canadian regional theatre premiere of the Tony award-winning Broadway production of Come From Away, in a down-to-the-wire rehearsal, the musical director interrupted the actors: “Who’s getting a note wrong?”
One of the stars, Kevin Vidal, sheepishly put up his hand. “I think it’s me,” he answered. “I have no idea what I’m doing.”
Vidal is exaggerating — but only by a bit. The 28-year-old from Toronto has no formal training as a singer or actor, and Come From Away, based on the true story of how Newfoundlanders welcomed stranded Americans during 9/11, marks his professional musical theatre debut.
Vidal is stunned he even got cast in the show, which has a sold-out, month-long run in Winnipeg before moving on to Toronto for a year or more.