New in 2019 A folk opera that offers a new interpretation of Orpheus' mythical quest to overcome Hades and regain his true love, Eurydice.
From the producers: "Hadestown" follows two intertwining love stories - that of young dreamers Orpheus and Eurydice, and that of King Hades and his wife Persephone - as it invites audiences on an epic journey to the underworld and back. Anaïs Mitchell’s beguiling melodies and Rachel Chavkin's poetic imagination pit nature against industry, faith against doubt, and love against fear. Performed by a vibrant ensemble of actors, dancers and singers, "Hadestown" delivers a deeply resonant and defiantly hopeful theatrical experience. Welcome to the intriguing and beautiful world of "your next musical theater obsession"(Vogue).
Audience Note: This production contains strobe-like effects throughout.
"Hadestown" began as a 2010 folk opera concept album of the same name by singer-songwriter and musician Anaïs Mitchell. Mitchell sought out Tony-nominated director Rachel Chavkin ("The Great Comet") in 2012 to develop the album as a stage production. In the transition from concept album to stage musical, Mitchell wrote an additional 15 songs and added dialogue to clarify the story line and deepen characterization.
"Hadestown" electrified audiences with its 2016 world premiere at New York Theatre Workshop before receiving its Canadian premiere at Edmonton's Citadel Theatre in 2017. The musical then had a critically acclaimed run at London's National Theatre prior to its Broadway premiere.
Fizzy, moody, thrilling ...Although the narrative has gained some bulk...it is still wight-thin, especially where the central couple is concerned. Yet somehow that hardly matters: "Hadestown," moment after lovely moment, sweeps you up in its atmospherics and in the intensity of its eco-Marxist vision of solidarity and the liberating potential of art. And, most important, it has Mitchell's score: a joyful combination of folk, pop, Dixieland and blues that will make you want to rehear it as soon as the lights come up. You'll be singing it again in your head for days.
The most thrilling new original musical of the season...brought to remarkable life by director Chavkin. With music so immediately appealing...so good are the songs and the singers here..."Hadestown" takes the best of the genre and fires it into something utterly fresh. With an ending as moving as anything on Broadway...Hadestown stands alongside "Oklahoma!" and "To Kill A Mockinbird" as this Broadway season's visionary triumvirate, looking to the past and feeling undeniably, stirringly now.