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 poignant, enchanting story is notable mostly for its memorable music and especially haunting lyrics. But the songs come to life through a stunning ensemble, right down to the fabulous onstage orchestra...Carney and Noblezada are achingly sad as the doomed lovers, Page and Gray smoldering...Like most Greek myths, this one doesn't have a happy ending, but it does offer hope in its suggestion that by repeating such a sad story, things might turn out better next time.” Full Review
"Mitchell and Rachel Chavkin's strange, stunning folk opera...The pleasure of surrendering oneself to something so very lovely, even as you know it will end sadly, helps mitigate the sorrow, and that's one of the points that 'Hadestown' drives home all along. That it pauses along the way to muse about the gender gap, the colossal failures of late capitalism makes it doubly impressive. " Full Review
“As far as tales as old as time go, the stories of Greek mythology are pretty high up there...But there’s little that feels old or stately about the way those stories are told in ‘Hadestown’...With a journey to the underworld that feels like it sprung forth as something entirely new...And while the second act slows down at points, as the story builds toward that fated journey back to the surface, ‘Hadestown' is a trip to Hell that’s dark and tragic but spellbinding all the same.” Full Review
"Going to hell has never been as much fun as seeing a performance of Anaïs Mitchell’s musical 'Hadestown'...Michael Krass’ costumes for the Chorus in the underworld are outstanding, as is the visually stunning dance number choreographed by David Neumann done with headlamps and swinging lights. And if the love story between Orpheus and Eurydice didn’t smolder, Patrick Page and Amber Gray set the house on fire as Orpheus and Persephone." Full Review
“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 and the liberating potential of art...Most important, it has Mitchell’s score: a joyful combination of folk, pop, Dixieland and blues that will make you want to rehear it as soon as the lights come up.” Full Review
"Usually, I only tell my enemies to go to hell, but, right now, I'm making an exception. Friends, countrymen, whoever -get thee down to the Walter Kerr where Anais Mitchell's incredibly moving and melodic musical, 'Hadestown,' is burning up the stage, bursting with ingenuity and intensity. This unusual retelling of the well-known Greek myth may well not only turn out to be the true cult hit of this theatrical season, but it's likely to be a major contender at awards time." Full Review
“Hadestown” isn’t perfect, but it’s so fresh that you’ll gladly look past its forgivable flaws and savor the kaleidoscopic stylistic variety of Ms. Mitchell’s score...Mitchell’s down-home score is the incontestable star of the show...Mitchell’s songs are beautiful but undramatic...Chavkin’s endlessly varied direction and Neumann’s dances help to keep things on the move...Would that ‘Hadestown’ were a bit shorter, too, but there’s no point in fussing over a show as rich as this one.” Full Review
"Even though this retelling of a well-trodden Greek myth feels slight, it also makes for a joyful performance. Mitchell’s musical is delicious to look at and listen to even if its story is as wan as its central couple...As repetitive as the musical becomes, Chavkin’s busy, warm staging and its wonderful music and energy means ‘Hadestown’ is like listening to an epic song around a roaring fire...Less a tragic love story than a rousing celebration and affirmation of a craft.” Full Review
“Mitchell is a gifted tunesmith, and lyricist...Her melodic savvy, is buttressed by an ear for piercing, haunting harmonies...Moreover, Mitchell and Chavkin have mined a beautiful and theatrically resonant tale from their source material...If there is more darkness than light in ‘Hadestown’, there’s also a tender love story—two, in fact, one ending on a more hopeful note than you might expect—and songs and performances that will lift mortal spirits, from wherever they lurk.” Full Review
"'Hadestown' is the best new musical I have seen in years...overflowing with rich, lively music...The act-one closer, 'Why We Build the Wall,' was written long before our current national nightmare and yet describes it with more elegance than any attempt I have seen to account for Trump on stage." Full Review
"Anaïs Mitchell, a singer/songwriter, originally wrote this show as a concept album, and it shows in her richly textured, roots-inspired songs. She connected with director Rachel Chavkin and the result is a stylish, resonant, high-energy musical, much fuller than the Off Broadway version...Chavkin's staging is exquisite...But the most provocative part of this show has been there since the beginning...There are obvious parallels to today's politics." Full Review
"What makes this journey bearable is the remarkable score by Anais Mitchell. It is jazz-infused, rhythmic, pulsating and palpable...The cast is superb, headed by the indefatigable Andre DeShields, a theater legend...Director Rachel Chavkin has outdone herself here...The nightmarish story is not necessarily uplifting, but the theatrical experience is priceless." Full Review
"The haunting and beautiful poetic folk opera that imaginatively fuses the myths of Orpheus and Eurydice and Hades and Persephone, is not only a marker in the maturation of American musical but also testament to the ancient Greek’s timeless power of storytelling...Boldly distinctive, emotionally resonant, and uniquely refined...'Hadestown' has a coda, an elegant, stirring ensemble ballad that reminds us why we still tell Orpheus’ sad tale." Full Review
"Every time it’s evolved, 'Hadestown' has only gotten better...The narrative is a little bit shaggy, and some of the characters are a little bit flat. But 'Hadestown' in its final form, revised and workshopped and thoroughly thought through, rises above the sum of its parts...Gray doesn’t so much run away with the show as dances off with it." Full Review
“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 develops her larger themes mostly through metaphor. This can get tiring; even though so much of what happens happens beautifully." Full Review
"Looks and sounds terrific, and yet it lacks something vital...The show is brilliantly staged and designed, and there’s no denying the infernal red-hot charms of the...score...There’s too little heat to the young couple’s relationship, which perhaps is why the musical lacks punch...Such absence of emotional resonance, as well as lapses in character motivation in the storyline, are flaws partly masked by the striking stagecraft of Chavkin’s sterling production.” Full Review
“An ambitious mix of the hipster and the precious...Flawless staging...Mitchell’s diverse score, some of which is thrilling, some dull...’Hadestown’ is full of feeling, movement, and journeys to the dark side, though it strains for profundity and is a bit twee in trotting out old-time views of young love...If the whole isn’t greater than the sum of its parts, ‘Hadestown’ still has effective elements that come together for the best atmosphere on Broadway.” Full Review
“If the show as a whole let me a little cold, it is probably a matter of elevated expectations...The dark story and bluesy orchestrations can’t really support the various dance sequences...And one major casting change from the original feels misjudged...Still, if this is your first visit to ‘Hadestown’, it’s likely to be a satisfying one...While the story sometimes drags, Mitchell’s magnificent music holds us rapt.” Full Review
"It’s lost some intimacy from its Off-Broadway run, and gained some more conventional expository show tunes, which lard the opening section perilously...But with the entrance of Persephone — played with boozy authority by Amber Gray, rewinding her Off-Broadway role — things gain steam quickly...The whole cast is on point...The music...generates thrilling momentum with the sort of free-range musicality you rarely hear in Broadway shows.” Full Review
“The thin narrative structure and minimal character development are not so much acted as felt in the expressive delivery of the songs...The ill-fated young couple...lack a convincing sense of romantic chemistry between them...While not every aspect...succeeds in presenting a cohesive and clearly comprehensible story, its Broadway debut offers an innovative approach to the musical genre and an often electrifying experience in cutting-edge theater.” Full Review
“Chavkin, her production team and cast are working at the top of their form — and they go a long way to masking some of the show’s shortcomings. Mitchell is a better composer than a lyricist, alas, and sometimes leans too heavily on De Shields’ narration...The fact remains that there’s just not much story here...Still, there is something refreshing about a new musical that nods to the past even as it presents stage images and melodies that seem entirely fresh and new.” Full Review
“Mitchell's incredible score remains the heart of the show, all performed magnificently...’Hadestown’ is visually and aurally stunning — which is why I was disappointed that it left no emotional impact on me...Even intellectually, ‘Hadestown’ is not nearly as satisfying as one might hope...Still, if you're looking for a gorgeous, formally challenging, and finely performed show wrapped in the comforting blanket of the classics, you can do no better than ‘Hadestown’." Full Review
“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 want to see how close Broadway gets to perfection: This folk opera, with exquisite work from Andre Shields and Amber Gray, is glorious.
Don't see it if you can't afford to be emotionally wrecked afterwards. "Hadestown" is not escapist fare, although it will take you to another world.
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!
See it if you loved the NYTW production and want to see a great transfer with outstanding staging, music and engaging actors telling "an old song".
Don't see it if you are not interested in good story telling of an ancient tale.
See it if You want to be swept away into a beautiful, heart wrenching story with music that will stay with you and voices for the GODS! Bring tissues!
Don't see it if You prefer a classic show with glitz and glamor. Hadestown is beautiful, but gritty and it is not your traditional Broadway musical.
See it if You want to see a brilliant piece of theater. Incredible writing, staging, acting, music, lyrics & direction. A must see!
Don't see it if Please just see it.... it’s mind blowing
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.
See it if You follow Greek mythology. You like a New Orleans-style setting for shows. You want to see fantastic acting & singing, esp. Patrick Page.
Don't see it if You do not want to see a dark musical and prefer happy-go-lucky performances. You aren't interested in Tony-nominated shows.
See it if You want a refreshing blues/folk score that is one gorgeous moment after the next in both music and staging.
Don't see it if You want something with a straightforward plot? Otherwise please see this. It’s real art.
See it if You love NEW, different musicals; you love New Orleans jazz; you love Greek Mythology; you want catharsis and beauty all in one.
Don't see it if You don't like new music or you don't like love stories.
See it if This is the best show I've seen. It grabs you from the start and you don't exhale until it's over. Incredible
Don't see it if I can't imagine why anyone wouldn't like this show.
See it if You want something refreshing and truly original to see on Broadway. A rollercoaster love story that will have you on the edge of your seat.
Don't see it if You don’t like love stories or story telling.
See it if you want to see what a stage show should be. It's a familiar story put to sexy New Orleans-style music on a set that spirals you to hell.
Don't see it if you want a traditional show where everyone ends up happy in the end.
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.
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