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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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