This new Broadway musical by celebrated singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell and innovative director Rachel Chavkin is a love story for today…and always. 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.
“The cast is rich with charismatic worthies...Less fruitful is Carney’s Orpheus...But that’s a minor quibble compared to the structural hurdles Chavkin & Co face: the theatrical flimsiness of the source, and the limitations of pop songs in a theatrical context...The sameness of the sonic landscape grows monotonous. The plot is just circling; we’re no closer to the characters...Many talented people worked on it, and there are a dozen lovely songs, but I wish they were in a better package.” Full Review
“The lugubrious new Broadway musical that takes us to hell and back, via a jazz and blues-fueled account of the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice...The embellishing of the myth, through an assembly line of sound-alike songs and mechanistic dance sequences, rambles on...and, only occasionally, with any inspirational joy, or heart...The plot comes across as an accessory to the production’s style rather than the other way around. It’s not a winning formula.” Full Review
“For a show about hell, ‘Hadestown’ doesn’t have much heat...This classic tale of love — he looks back, she gets trapped in the underworld for all eternity — is still too slick and sterile for us to give a damn about her damnation...The sluggish musical mostly honors the framework of the ancient Greek tragedy...On the whole, Mitchell’s sung-through bluesy score is quite beautiful, if a better fit for a Starbucks than a Broadway theater.” Full Review
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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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 idea of a musical that is born from the crossroads of Once, Rent, and Great Comet.
Don't see it if You're put off by highbrow "quirky" musicals - this is not for everyone!
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 want a lot of noise, fog, and flashing lights in your face. Talented and attractive cast, three turntables spinning most of the time.
Don't see it if You can't stand men singing in falsetto. You can't stand pseudo-gospel music and you expect a real plot and character development.
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