Open run | 2h 30m | Midtown W

Hadestown (Broadway)

From 1,330 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 (1330)

MEMBERS SAY:

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

98
Amazing lighting, Profound, Masterful, Great acting, Great singing

See it if you want a refreshing take on the myth of Orpheus scored with beautiful music and taken on by amazing acting.

Don't see it if you don't like theatre? There is no reason to not see this show unless you can't.

92
Relevant, Riveting, Great staging, Great singing, Must see

See it if you like spectacular musicals with a true mix of musical styles, and amazing staging and lighting.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals, liberal themes, or different-from-the-norm singing.

92
Exquisite, Great staging, Intelligent, Must see, Riveting

See it if Terrific cast in an absorbing show from start to finish. Incredibly creative script, staging and production. "The Wall" is hysterical.

Don't see it if I can't get imagine anyone who wouldn't enjoy the show, although the two women next to us left before what was essentially the encore.

96
Great staging, Lively, Moving, Entertaining, Bold

See it if you want an absorbing experience and a classic story told in an innovative way that carries you along from start to finish.

Don't see it if you like neither jazz nor folk music.

Also From the moment Andre de Shields takes the stage this show is a unique... Read more Read less

92
Riveting, Edgy, Relevant, Great staging, Great singing

See it if ...you love mythology, fantastic singing, creative scenic and costume design, and a terrific ensemble

Don't see it if ...you expect a typical Broadway show; if you prefer a straightforward, realistic story

97
Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if You saw it off Broadway. It has improved! You like interesting staging and original music and an entertaining evening

Don't see it if You don’t like the story of Orpheus.

99
Entertaining, Intelligent, Masterful, Must see, Exquisite

See it if you enjoy enchanting jazz-style music with a cast that brilliantly performs this wonderfully orchestrated and staged greek-myth story.

Don't see it if you want or expect glitz and glam.

95
Must see, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You enjoy energetic, creative, new theater

Don't see it if You want a traditional broadway show

100
Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You like a great show, fantastic story, amazing vocals and lyrics.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a great musical.

100
Riveting, Quirky, Great staging, Edgy, Enchanting

See it if You want something different and unlike anything else. There were times I forgot I was at a show I was so tuned in

Don't see it if You have a hard time following story. The main complaint Ive hear os that people didnt understand the story

95
Quirky, Resonant, Refreshing, Must see, Great staging

See it if you like fresh romantic pieces that bring an edge and style to the traditional musical form.

Don't see it if you can't handle modern myths that use an off-broadway sensibility for storytelling.

100
Edgy, Epic, Ambitious, Enchanting

See it if You love folklore/classics/myths

Don't see it if No idea why you wouldn’t!

86
Entertaining, Quirky, Confusing, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You don't mind a show that has a variety of genres and tones throughout. You want to watch a story of love. You are enjoy optimism

Don't see it if You want a one genre show that sticks to a common plot and tone throughout. You would prefer a musical that is less ensemble

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

100
Must see, Captivating, Great staging, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if This show is DEFINITELY worth the hype!! I couldn't look away- I loved every bit of it (music, plot, characters, etc.) from the start. WOW!!

Don't see it if Honestly, I can't think of a reason why you wouldn't want to see it.

92
Great singing, Must see, Great staging, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if you want to see wonderful choreography, staging, and an all-around amazing show. Andre De Shields is captivating from the first second!

Don't see it if you don't like musicals. That might be the only reason.

75
Quirky, Slow, Dizzying, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if You like Greek mythology and know the story in advance. You want to see an original take on an old story. Hear some good but different music

Don't see it if You like good acting. Hate falsetto singing and repetition. The show just get boring.

Also Staging in interesting but just too busy. You can get lost.

78
Overrated, Great staging, Enchanting

See it if you like great staging, lighting and visual effect in general, and songs with memorable melody.

Don't see it if you expect profound ideas and themes well expressed and characters well developed.

Also The show has enchanting melodies and great visual effect. Most of the ... Read more Read less

72
Overrated, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You like New Orleans jazz and want to see a real star/talent in Andre de Shields who outshined everyone on the stage and many stages beyond.

Don't see it if You dislike Greek tragedies. Don't see it if falsetto gets on your nerves or you don't like sappy utopian plots.

Also Theater is getting to be a real bore. I go to escape the atrocious pol... Read more Read less

93
Whimsical and inventive

See it if ...you like New Orleans jazz and inventive staging. Songs are toe-tapping.

Don't see it if you prefer original or modern plots as opposed to retelling of ancient Greek myths. This is more of a party than a plot-driven work.

97
Masterful, Must see, Great writing, Great staging, Run!!! an original sung through musical

See it if You want to be mesmerized by sheer artistic theatricality.

Don't see it if You don’t like sung-through musicals or New Orleans Jazz style music.

91
Entertaining, Must see, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see an intelligent absorbing well crafted musical done by fabulous actor/singers How our decisions impact our lives is explored

Don't see it if You don’t like musicals that entertain as well as cause us to think

87
Absorbing, Great music, Ambitious, Refreshing, Original

See it if You want to see an incredibly unique musical, you love the slide trombone

Don't see it if You want a deep political message

76
Quirky, Great singing, Funny, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if you like Greek myth, you like virtuoso singing, and you love to see a band on-stage! Wonderful voices.

Don't see it if you need to understand it word-for-word: no speaking is done & we often found the singing hard to hear/understand. Look up myth in advance!

91
Great staging, Exquisite, Enchanting

See it if a hauntingly beautiful love story is on your agenda.

Don't see it if JUST SEE IT!


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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