Open run | 2h 30m | Midtown W

Hadestown (Broadway)

From 1,007 member  reviews
Members say: Great staging, Great singing, Absorbing, Must see, Entertaining

About the show

This new Broadway musical by celebrated singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell and innovative director Rachel Chavkin is a love story for today…and always. Winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical. More…

"Hadestown" intertwines two mythic tales — that of young dreamers Orpheus and Eurydice, and that of King Hades and his wife Persephone — as it invites you on a hell-raising journey to the underworld and back with a story that pits industry against nature, doubt against faith, and fear against love.


Member Reviews (1007)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great staging, Great singing, Absorbing, Must see, Entertaining
91
Avg Score

70
Original, Emotional, Relevant, Slow, Disappointing

See it if You want to see a truly original take on this classic story with some great moments in what I would call a mixed bag.

Don't see it if You’re expecting something revolutionary or deserving of 14 Tony Award nominations.

Also Maybe my expectations were too high but this just didn’t live up to wh... Read more Read less

90
Moving, Great singing, Romantic, Exquisite, Enchanting

See it if Nonstop musical orgasm takes us to the land of the dead. The timeless myth is rendered current with feeling & urgency. Creative staging.

Don't see it if You don't like romantic tragedies or folk-pop-blues music. Plus a political statement on the darkness of Trump's America.

79
Hollow, Uneven score, Slightly disappointing, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if u want to see Chavkin at her creative best, directing a not-quite-heavenly but inventive & ambitious retelling of a Greek underworld romance

Don't see it if u don't have some basic knowledge of Greek mythology; you seek sexual chemistry, character development, rich narrative &/or a classic score.

Also A first-rate cast (except for a woefully miscast Reeve Carney as Orphe... Read more Read less

85
Dark, Ambitious, Romantic, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if Greek drama with a New Orleans flavor catches your fancy. Big talented cast including the on stage musicians. Interesting retelling of myths

Don't see it if your taste runs to sparkly upbeat musicals. Ending suggests we will spend more time on hopes and prayers than realizing possibilities.

92
Romantic, Masterful, Great staging, Great singing, Clever

See it if Deep dive down South to Dixie and beneath with doomed love; and the shadow is king. Onstage folk opera band. Gray is otherworldly talented.

Don't see it if Similar to "Once" albeit a Greek "Once" with memorable sumptious folk opera concert elements and extremely well cast. Enough wall plotpoints

Also Uptown Experimental Broadway.

99
Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Absolutely phenomenal singing (the song "Wait for me" was soooo beautiful). Andre de Shields & Reeve Carney are superstars!

Don't see it if May help to quickly read a brief synopsis via Wikipedia if you're not familiar with the story. Such a wonderful musical overall!

92
Amber gray!!, Great acting & singing, Great writing, Great staging, Exciting

See it if a brilliant marriage of contemporary flare with legendary myths; hot & sexy bluesy music; great direction, acting, singing & choreography.

Don't see it if Orpheus could use a stronger actor but Carney is sweet & innocent; you don't like jazz/blues; prefer your stories above ground; must see.

90
Sublime, modern musical take on ancient myth

See it if Andre De Shields is a national treasure. He glides across the stage as our guide to the Orpheus & Eurydice myth. Wonderful staging.

Don't see it if Also loved Patrick Page as Hades. His deep voice is just perfect for the part. I liked the music but couldn't understand some of the lyrics

90
Riveting, Thought-provoking, Great singing, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you like good musicals with characters you care about.

Don't see it if you don't like dark stories.

95
Absorbing, Must see, Great staging

See it if you're looking for a show that doesn't feel like a traditional old fashioned musical.

Don't see it if you'd prefer a big, splashy musical.

89
Quirky, Raunchy, Great staging, Great singing, Exquisite

See it if you enjoy a dark story told well, a bit jazzier than the orig NYTW prod. but much higher in energy with a set that tells the story.

Don't see it if classic dark stories are not your thing

85
Overrated, Great singing, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you were (or were not) a fan of the NYTW version. That had some kinks to be worked out (miscasting, etc.) that have been remedied here.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of mythology-based musicals & are not willing to set that aside to see a vibrant, beautiful production.

Also The additions of André De Shields & Reeve Carney were definite upgrade... Read more Read less

100
Magical coalescence of the creative team and cast, Riveting, Emotionally-engaging, Hypnotizing, Magnificent

See it if you value smart, strong, strangely-beautiful storytelling; you don’t want to be left out of the hype; are a fan of Amber Gray and company.

Don't see it if intertwining love stories in an Underworld setting and rooted in mythological stories won’t appeal to you; you prefer lighthearted fare.

Also Inventive, innovative, illuminating of human and mythic tropes of love... Read more Read less

100
Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a masterpiece in all ways. I want to see it again. So relevant to today’s times.

Don't see it if You want to see an old school musical. This one is so original. I’d say go

95
Must see, Masterful, Great writing, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You want to see the best musical of the year! It deserves everything!

Don't see it if NOTHING, just run and see it.

93
Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting

See it if you want inventively-staged, poetic-style musical with bluesy/jazzy/rock score telling intertwined Greek myths re love, marriage, & climate.

Don't see it if you're not willing to indulge poetic-type storytelling, or want/expect a more conventional B'way musical.

94
Must see, Masterful, Great staging, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a show that is wonderfully different, that makes you rethink what musical theater can be.

Don't see it if You want to see something that's all sing song and smiles.

100
Beautiful music, Exquisite, Great singing, Must see, Epic

See it if you want to be completely mesmerized by a theatrical experience. Everything about this show was brilliant and captivating.

Don't see it if I can't think of a reason not to see this show. It blew me away

Also Believe all the hype about Hadestown. It was phenomenal! Every aspect,... Read more Read less

92
Great writing, Great singing, Romantic, Exquisite, Ambitious

See it if you want to see the show that is absolutely going to win best musical at this year's Tony Awards.

Don't see it if you want to see a traditional Broadway Musical.

100
Intelligent, Must see, Great staging, Great singing, Enchanting

See it if Perfectly conceived and produced show. Mesmerizing in energy and performance. Knock out cast.

Don't see it if See it.

90
Great singing, Great staging, Great acting, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if New Orleans meets Greek Drama, a fantastic set, a retelling of a greek tale, to see a wonderful cast make magic on stage.

Don't see it if Don't like retelling of greek drama, don't like musicals, don't like greek drama. If you're expecting a traditional love story.

Also I enjoyed this. My friend was a bit lost because of the names of the c... Read more Read less

98
Great writing, Delightful, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you like a musical that not only entertains, but makes you think this brilliant show is for you!

Don't see it if You only like musicals that make you smile.

88
Riveting, Refreshing, Exquisite, Great writing, Great singing

See it if You want something different. The leads are good (it’s Eva Noblezada!), but it’s about Patrick Page and Amber Gray, which is weird, but good

Don't see it if You need light comedy, don’t like mythology, need catchy pop tunes, or I JUST DON’T KNOW. The music, story, and staging are gorgeous.

Also We were lucky enough to have seen this at the NYTW, on a freaky night ... Read more Read less

96
Intense, Great staging, Great singing, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if Epic story told with great love and care; superb casting top to bottom; multiple instances of tears of joy and sorrow for audience

Don't see it if Basis of story is a self-spoiler - singer-songwriter style may not be to everyone's liking

94
Ambitious, Romantic, Great staging, Great singing, Clever

See it if you want to see the most hyped up show of the season. The acting was great across the board and the production value was off the charts.

Don't see it if you are expecting the next Hamilton. The hype is a little over the top for this show but it is still very good and worth seeing.


April 17th, 2019
“The sumptuous, hypnotic and somewhat hyperactive musical...Chavkin and her creative team have saved ‘Hadestown’ on its way uptown by turning it into something very much warmer...The story is clearer...’Hadestown,' even with the heat turned up, is still a somewhat abstract experience...Mitchell d...
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April 17th, 2019
“Mitchell’s fizzy, moody, thrilling new musical....Although the narrative has gained some bulk since 'Hadestown’s' Off Broadway run, it is still wight-thin...Yet somehow that hardly matters: ‘Hadestown’ sweeps you up in its atmospherics and in the intensity of its eco-Marxist vision of solidarity...
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April 17th, 2019
“’Hadestown’ has arrived...And its current manifestation feels lush, vigorous, and formally exciting, not to mention witchily prescient...As an intricate and gorgeous feat of songwriting, as a vehicle for dynamite performances, as a visionary long-term collaboration and a courageous experiment wi...
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April 17th, 2019
“A seamless theatrical experience, this beguiling, virtually sung-through musical is notable for the expressive beauty of its score, the dark imagination of its stage pictures and the clarity of its storytelling. Performed by a first-rate cast and played with spirited feeling by seven onstage mus...
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