Open run | 2h 30m | Midtown W

Hadestown (Broadway)

From 1,102 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 (1102)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great staging, Great singing, Absorbing, Must see, Entertaining

69
Indulgent, Great singing, Slow, Cliched

See it if you enjoy archetypal stories and are more about staging tricks and emotion that plot or character. Or just for Amber Gray.

Don't see it if your patience is thin for simple stories that are stretched on way too long, or if the singer-songwriter milieu is not your favorite.

52
Repetitive, Great singing, Slow, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if You get the album and like the music. This just wasn’t for me.

Don't see it if You don’t like things with turntable stages and a thousand reprises. This just wasn’t for me.

60
Slow, Great lighting, Boring, Overrated

See it if you're looking for a unique experience or love the composer Anais Mitchell

Don't see it if you're looking for a plot-driving show with a strong score. The teensy plot fills up maybe 5 minutes and the songs all sound the same

69
Story good, rest ok

See it if Well written story. Some songs poignant. A few good voices

Don't see it if Nothing over the top with this show. Some actors were just lacking in substance

68
Great singing, Slow, Disappointing, Boring

See it if you want to see a Tony Award winning show and you like the music.

Don't see it if you prefer shows that have strong plots that move the story forward and actually say something.

60
Overrated, Relevant, Intense, Cliched, Great singing

See it if you like amazing singers and dancers. The talent onstage is extraordinary. The story is a Greek myth told with a bluesy flavor.

Don't see it if you want a traditional musical. This is like a concert that has a broad narrative. Characters are more like archetypes than humans.

59
Disappointing, Overrated

See it if You like music by Anais Mitchell

Don't see it if You understand Greek myths

50
Disappointing, Fluffy, Great staging

See it if You are a fan of beautifully staged shows that either are or seem to be birthed out of concept albums.

Don't see it if You like your musicals to be built around complex characters with a story to really dig into.

50
Insipid, Slow, Disappointing

See it if you are easy to please

Don't see it if there was virtually not main plot, only multiple subplots. the characters were extremely underdeveloped, and the fates felt out of place.

69
Confusing, Slow, Overrated

See it if you love greek mythology and music in the concept album

Don't see it if you prefer traditional musicals with actual dancing

Also I listened to the concert album before I went and I thought the music ... Read more Read less

60
Overrated, Disappointing, Edgy, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if you love great music, great high-energy performances, masterful direction and staging

Don't see it if you expect it all to add up to a well-told story.

Also The more I think about this show, the worse it gets in my estimation, ... Read more Read less

57
Indulgent, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You like new musicals

Don't see it if You want a decent plot

65
Great singing, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You already know and love the music, or previously saw it downtown and want to remember how great that experience was. Great singers help.

Don't see it if You want a warm, intimate experience of this sweet little show. It gets lost in the big house. Reeve Carney was a struggle for me.

Also Just to say: this show included the tallest ensemble member I have eve... Read more Read less

58
Edgy, Overrated, Slow, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you like dark musicals

Don't see it if if you think there will be a lot of music and dancing

69
Overrated, Disappointing

See it if if you have to see all tony winning shows

Don't see it if you dislike musicals with no dialogue and simple stories

65
Overrated, Refreshing, Confusing, Ambitious, Slow

See it if you are looking for an original, contemporary show that is not based on a movie

Don't see it if you expect real plot development and character growth or if you don't enjoy having blinding flashing light in your face

Also Given the highly positive reviews, I felt rather underwhelmed. While I... Read more Read less

52
Cartoony, Disappointing, Banal

See it if There are several big production numbers which are lively, and the Eurydice is quite good. The dancing is not bad and the musicians good.

Don't see it if The lyrics are banal, the actors are like cartoons, slick but unappealing. The plot moves by narration not action.

68
Some exquisite performances, Overrated, Indulgent, Great staging, Excellent music

See it if The actors playing Hermes, Hades and Persephone are phenomenal. The direction is out of this world good. And the music is gorgeous.

Don't see it if The story/plot is weak. Way too long could have been one act. Some of the songs did not need to be reprised so often. Book needs work.

65
Slow, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if I appreciate creative new shows (especially musicals) coming to Broadway.

Don't see it if Unfortunately, this one is overhyped. The storyline is thin and could use more dialogue. There are a handful of good songs but mostly the

Also Music becomes monotonous. The whole show drags.....it had potential bu... Read more Read less

60
Confusing

See it if You like these types of shows

Don't see it if Not for me

53
Quirky, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if You want to stretch your imagination and get a new perspective

Don't see it if You are a fan of traditional Broadway musicals

During previews
68
Slow, Quirky, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if you like musicals that aren't based on a movie.

Don't see it if you don't like quirky zydeco-style music or singing with too much falsetto.

During previews
69
Too busy, Some poor acting, Great score, Disappointing, Entertaining

See it if You like the fine score and can forgive overly busy staging and some bad acting from the two supposedly romantic leads.

Don't see it if You saw this at NYTW and loved it, as the recasting and restaging has eliminated the charm and emotion of the prior production.

During previews
65
Slow, Great staging, Banal, Disappointing

See it if you love the score and can see past a wobbly book and mixed bag of performances (some brilliant, some less so). You love revolves...

Don't see it if you want a consistently plotted, engaging narrative. You expect the male lead to have charisma.

Also There's so much that is wonderful here but the whole is far, far less ... Read more Read less

During previews
69
Enchanting, Overrated, Disappointing, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if You like Greek mythology. You follow trends. Hadestown is one of those shows that “everyone” loves. You’ll be expected to love it too.

Don't see it if You want a clearly explained story, clear explanations of who the characters are, if you like high stakes and legitimate conflict.

Also There were moments I found compelling. I even choked up a couple times... Read more Read less


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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