How Toronto’s Kevin Vidal made it to centre stage in Come From Away

The 28-year-old from Toronto has no formal training as a singer or actor, and Come From Away marks his professional musical theatre debut.

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.”

Kevin Vidal is surrounded by his fellow castmates in the new, all-Canadian production of Come From Away, which premieres in Winnipeg before moving to Toronto. (Matthew Murphy)

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.