Why See Hadestown?
Cult Hit Hadestown Makes Its Broadway Bow
After a critically acclaimed Off-Broadway run at the New York Theater Workshop in the Summer of 2016, dazzlingly inventive folk opera Hadestown returns to the Big Apple to make its fully-fledged Broadway bow at a theatre yet to be announced in 2019. The brainchild of celebrated indie folk singer-songwriter Anais Mitchell and Tony-nominated experimental theatre director Rachel Chavkin, who helmed smash-hit 'Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812', the musical fuses elements of Greek myth with Mitchell's emotionally-charged concept album of the same name.
Praised for its soaring imagination and updated retelling of the classic ill-fated story of Orpheus and Eurydice, a popular subject for multiple compositions and retellings over the years, Hadestown is blessed with a groundbreaking creative license that keeps things fresh and very interesting, influencing a steadily-growing cult following of fervent fans since its debut. It's an indie-flavored fusion of New Orleans trad jazz and folk Americana, as well as an otherworldly setting and poetic lyrics/dialogue, immerse the audience in a realm where innovative theatre design, music, and storytelling blend seamlessly with stunning, genre-defining results.
What Is Hadestown About?
Transporting the action from ancient Greece to an eclectic setting akin to the buzzing New Orleans scene, Hadestown weaves together the opposing forces of nature and industry, faith and doubt, and love and death to tell the story of the guitar-toting Orpheus and his great love Eurydice as they battle the harsh landscape of Hadestown, an industrial underworld of trouble and toil that makes for a better choice than the winter-ravaged landscape above. Lured by the promise of food and shelter, Eurydice is kidnapped by Hades, a foreman-like figure who rules the mechanical below. Orpheus sets out to save his wife, setting off a chain reaction of unrest, riot and chaos in his fateful wake.
Previews from: 22 March 2019
Performance date: 17 April 2019
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Please note: The above images are from the 2016 NYTW run of Hadestown.
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