There were dueling morning TV personalities in the house at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater Thursday, when Al Roker of NBC’s “Today” show and Norah O’Donnell of “CBS This Morning” picked the same night to take in the Tony-winning hit musical “Come From Away.”
After jumping up for the standing ovation and clapping along to the musical jam session that closes the performance, the pair — Roker with his wife, O’Donnell with her daughter — met up on the way backstage and shared raves about the show, about a Newfoundland town that takes in thousands of travelers whose planes are diverted to an airfield there after the September 11 attacks.
If you’re wondering why ABC’s morning lineup wasn’t duly represented, note that “Good Morning America’s” Lara Spencer and George Stephanopoulos have both made the scene at the Schoenfeld, as have O’Donnell’s co-anchor Gayle King, NBC’s Tom Brokaw, “Today” stars Kathie Lee Gifford, Hoda Kotb and Willie Geist, and “CBS Sunday Morning” talents Mo Rocca, Jamie Wax, Leslie Stahl and Rita Braver.
Many a pol has turned out as well, hailing from both sides of the aisle — including Hilary, Bill and Chelsea Clinton, Laura Bush, Nikki Haley, Ivanka Trump and – fittingly, given the Canadian setting – Justin Trudeau.
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