Broadway Balances America and Asthma Treatments

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– Hi, everybody, and welcome to
The Balancing Act. I’m Julie Moran. – I’m Olga Villaverde. Humanity can and does shine
in the most challenging times. – Stay tuned as we show you
how a series of world-changing events
helped shape an award-winning Broadway musical. – Plus today severe or
difficult to control asthma, can be life threatening and
requires active self management monitoring. Often a team of
experts to treat and manage We’re gonna learn more about
this. – The Balancing Act
starts right now, so stay with us. (upbeat music)
– [Narrator] Broadway Balances America
brought to you by Broadway Across America,
bringing the best of Broadway to a city near you. – Time now for Broadway
Balances America, our series that takes
you behind the scenes of some of the most
beloved Broadway musicals as they appear
across the country in your local theater. – Today, the original musical,
Come From Away, which tells the personal stories
of both the generous folks of Newfoundland, Canada,
and the passengers whose planes were diverted there
immediately following the events of September 11, 2001. – Amber Milt has
more on how somewhere in the middle of nowhere
provided a safe harbor for thousands. (“38 Planes” by Irene
Sankoff and David Hein) � Somewhere in the
middle of nowhere � – It’s been 17 years
since those tragic events that changed our lives,
but the response from a small town in Canada
on September 12th and the days following
inspired the creators of Come From Away
to tell 16,000 stories over five days with 12 actors
in one powerful Broadway musical. � You are here �
– [Amber] Creating a show inspired by real life events,
writers Irene Sankoff and her husband David Hein
interviewed hundreds of folks who returned to Newfoundland
on the 10th anniversary of 9/11. – During the first interview,
we realized that we couldn’t write fast enough,
so we had to start recording. Then we just transcribed them,
and we just listened to them over and over again. – We’ve been living
with their words and their interviews
for years now. We’ve been working with them. It took us six years
to get to Broadway, and every day we would
hear their voices. It’s meant the world to us
when they come to see the show and they say,
“That’s exactly right, that’s exactly me.” Even though we’ve had
to amalgamate characters and combine story lines,
we wanted them to tell us that we got it right,
that that was the truth of what happened. – [Amber] Helping share
the true story on stage is Producer Sue Frost. – What point did you become
involved with Come From Away? – It was actually
when we saw it. We saw 45 minutes of
it at music stands, and we were like, You know? I don’t know where this is
going to go, but we love it. We love the storytelling,
we love the style of the storytelling,
we love the music, and we love the heart of it. It’s got a funny title. It’s an ensemble piece. People are going to call
it the 9/11 musical. We have no idea what
to do with this, but we’re going
to figure it out. � This is Newfoundland �
� Welcome to the rock � � I’m an islander �
– [Amber] One element of figuring it out was the title. – Come From Away is anyone
who is not from Newfoundland, so all of the people
who landed there were Come From Aways. � Suddenly all of those
pilots were testing me � – [Amber] One of those
7,000 Come From Aways was American Airlines
Captain Beverley Bass, whose plane was flying
from Paris to Dallas on that fateful day. This pioneering pilot’s
story was pivotal to the creation of the musical. – I was the 36th out of 38
wide bodies to land that day. When I was on final approach,
I’m looking around, and I mean honestly,
it looked like there wasn’t even enough
space to park the airplanes. So, we got parked. It was about 10:00
in the morning, and they came on the
airplane and told us we wouldn’t be getting
off until the next day. When we got off at
7:30 the next morning, we walked into the terminal. Of course, we’d
been up all night. We’re exhausted. It was probably the first
time that I realized that we had landed in
an incredible place because when we walked
into the terminal, it was lined with tables
and tables of food. – She was the first female
captain for American Airlines. It wasn’t because she was
trying to make a statement. It was because she loved to fly
and that’s what she wanted to do. – You really paved the
way for so many women, including your daughter, to
follow in your footsteps, in a field that was
so dominated by men. – I am so grateful
that our paving the way has helped the next
generation of female pilots. Hopefully, it’s a little
bit easier for them. – [Amber] Becky Gulsvig
will portray Bass on the North American Tour. – I’m so excited. I’m so honored. It’s a thrill to
play someone real, and it’s a thrill to
be a part of a story that is so heartfelt
and so full of generosity and all the things
that this world needs. This story celebrates
that, and I’m very excited to take that across the country. – [Amber] Compiling so many
stories into one musical means that the actors
play multiple roles, and that the staging is stark
and effective in its simplicity. – It’s a wonderful
metaphor for anyone being able to step into
each other’s shoes. We’ve got a line in the show,
“That because we come from everywhere,
“we all come from away.” Each of our actors plays either
a Come From Away or a local, and at any minute, we
could either be welcomed or we could be welcoming people. There’s something wonderful
about remembering that. � Heave away, me jolly
boys, we’re all bound away � � Farewell you Newfoundlander
boys, you’re leaving us alone � � Heave away, me
jollies, heave away � – It’s also a bit of
a Canadian sensibility in having nothing
but a bunch of chairs and a couple tables and
really willing actors… – Who can put on a show. – Who can put on a show. Yeah. – You’re everybody
and you bounce around and you take turns
and you sing the lead, you sing the backup. I feel like those of
us that love theater really just like to get our
hands dirty and get in it. – [Amber] All of the
characters in this musical represent real
moments and people. Although cultures clashed
and nerves ran high, in the end, uneasiness
turned into trust, music soared into the night,
and gratitude grew into enduring friendships. – What they remember, their
experience of that day was people responding
with kindness. – It’s not really a 9/11 story. It’s about all the
wonderful things that happened the next day. The kindness, the generosity,
all the things the people did for us. – I feel like that’s
the good thing that comes out of
tragedy in life is people come together. – It is a global story. Everybody has a
memory of that day. If they’re not old enough to
have a memory of that day, they live in the world
that was created that day. – [Amber] As the show
tours the country, it’s sure to generate just
as much emotion and joy as it provokes personal memories
and reminds us all of the power of the human spirit. – We are greater than
the sum of our parts. If we just reach
out to one another, we can find kindness and peace. – We didn’t want to
tell a 9/11 story. We wanted to tell a 9/12 story. A story about how
this small community responded to a larger event. That’s the story that
we fell in love with. We fell in love with the
people that were there and our experience
of coming there. It’s a joy every day
to get to share it. It’s a gift. – Give it a try. Give it a try; don’t
be afraid of it because it really,
truly is a story that will make you feel better. – I’ve seen it 107 times. I laugh. I cry. I cry at different
parts in the show, and at the end of the show,
my face hurts because I have smiled so much. I never get tired of it. – I’ve done this my whole life. I’ve never worked
on a show like this. – The North American
Tour of Come From Away is coming soon to
a theater near you. Check out Broadway
Across America or you can always
go to our website, for
all the show information, tour dates, and more. (“Welcome to the Rock” by
Irene Sankoff and David Hein) � Welcome to the �
� Welcome to the � � Welcome to the �
� Welcome to the rock � � Welcome to the rock �
(audience enthusiastically applauds)
(dramatic orchestral music) – Are you okay? – What’s wrong? – I feel tightness in my chest
and I can’t breathe very well. (coughing) I can’t
stop coughing. – What were you doing? – I was playing soccer
outside and at the end I started feeling
weak and tired, and now I just
can’t stop coughing, and it’s getting and harder,
and harder for me to breathe. – There are few things as scary
as not being able to breathe, and when someone is having
a severe asthma attack, that is the exact feeling,
the gasping for breath, the tightening of the chest. Many asthma sufferers
describe it as feeling like a pillow is being
held over their face. Well today we’re
gonna talk about how to treat and manage asthma. Joining me for this
very important discussion is Tonya Winders,
President and CEO of Allergy & Asthma Network,
good morning. – Good morning,
thank you for having me. – Thanks for being here. This is really important
for so many parents. And I know that was
video, dramatic, but I’ve seen it, and
it’s pretty intense. It’s frightening. – It is. You know there are
22 million Americans currently living with asthma,
and 5 to 10% of those have a unique type
of asthma called severe asthma. And our understanding of asthma
has actually evolved quite a bit,
but it can be life threatening and extremely frightening. – So it’s a lot more
common then people think? – [Tonya] Yes, asthma
actually happens to about one in 10
people here in the US, and unfortunately
about 10 people die every day due to asthma. In fact the numbers are growing,
globally we know that over 400 million people
will have asthma by 2025. – Let’s talk about what
happens Tonya, in the lungs. What is causing it? – So when a patient is
actually experiencing an asthma flare or an asthma
attack, they’ll often say, actually what’s happening
is that their airways are closing up,
they’re constricting. But there’s also inflammation
in those airways, and it’s that inflammation
that creates mucus and clogs those airways, and
then also causes them to close. – And there are several
types of asthma. In fact, maybe two? – Actually there are
many types of asthma. – Many, okay,
– So we once, – Some are mild, more severe. – Yes, so we once thought that
asthma was a single disease, but now as science has evolved,
we understand that it’s a spectrum of disease,
mild, moderate, and severe, and even within that
severe end of the spectrum, that there are up
to, at least four, but up to probably eight or
maybe even 20 different types. – Wow, now I know there are
many treatments out there, and I’m gonna personalize,
my younger one, she had a lot of
wheezing, croup, you know the uh, uh,
– That seal bark. – That seal bark, yes,
(speaking foreign language) as we say in Spanish. (speaking foreign language)
And the first line of treatment they would give her is steroids. – Yes, oral steroids
probably right? – [Olga] Oral, yes. – And you know
oral steroids work. They are inexpensive products
that work very quickly, – Immediately. – To stop that inflammation. And they’re very useful
for some patients, but if you’re
getting oral steroids more then two times a year,
then that’s a cause for a red flag. That’s the time that
you should actually stop and think about how uncontrolled
your asthma truly is, and perhaps have a discussion
about other types of treatment that may be more appropriate. Because while those
steroids are effective, they actually have pretty
severe side effects. So oral steroids in the short
term can make you moody, or have sleep disruptance,
but in the long term, it can cause weight gain. It actually can cause diabetes,
or glaucoma, or osteoporosis. So a lot of different diseases
and side effects from overuse of oral steroids. – So what are other
treatment options for parents or people that want to
stay away from steroids? – Yeah, so again,
inhaled steroids, very important mainstay
in asthma treatment, but oral steroids are actually 10 times
more potent, so that’s the steroid that we’re talking about
is the oral steroid. And for those patients
that are having ER visits, hospitalizations, or
using more then two bursts of oral steroids, there
are now new treatments. There are targeted therapies
that are out there. We can actually
test in the breath and the blood for
patients to determine what the biomarkers are,
and what treatments those individual patients
may respond most likely to. – Which is good, because it’s
an individualized treatment for that person, as
opposed to just treating it as a one size fits all. – Absolutely. – So parents and patients
really need to be educated. It’s very important, and
I know you’ve created a wonderful campaign, an
awareness campaign if you will. It’s called Shared Decision
Making Tool, tell me about it. – Yes, so the Allergy &
Asthma Network has partnered with the Chest Foundation
and the American College of Allergy, Asthma,
and Immunology, to develop a shared
decision making tool. It’s an interactive online tool
that actually asks patients their preferences,
and their values, and then helps to tailor and target
the discussion between the patient and their provider
to get to the best possible treatment option
for that individual patient. – So it’s very
personalized, if you will. – Yes. – That’s fantastic. Alright, for our viewers
who’d like more information on the website where
can they go Tonya? – You can visit or,
or of course just go to the Balancing Act,
where you’ll see the links for both of those. – Fantastic, you’re the best. – Thank you. – You could be a
host, I appreciate it. And of course like she said,
check out our website, (steady percussion music)
– To be able to participate in this Military Makeover show
gives me an opportunity to not just talk about doing things,
but to actually do things and give something back. I wanna be able to have, maybe
draw that connection so that we don’t say, “I support those
troops” as a saying, we say it because we understand
that we really should be supporting our troops. (steady percussion music)
(upbeat music) – What a special show, Julie. – And I love the true
story of Come From Away. We want you to remember to
head for our Facebook page and our website and
follow us on Twitter. – Don’t forget our
Instagram @julieandolga. – Right. Thanks for
watching, everybody. So long. (upbeat music)

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