Open run | 2h 30m | Midtown W

Hadestown (Broadway)

From 694 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 (694)

MEMBERS SAY:

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

During previews
96
Refreshing, Must see, Great singing, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if Beautiful music, incredible orchestrations and a great story that feels original/new. Everything about this production is stellar.

Don't see it if If you are a fan of musical theatre you should see this show.

During previews
100
Great singing, Great staging, Masterful, Must see, Refreshing

See it if I thought it couldn’t get any better than the off Broadway run... but it did! Stellar all around.

Don't see it if Everyone should!

During previews
80
Masterful, Entertaining, Enchanting, Great writing, Great staging

See it if A very good show .great direction and acting. A solid show all the way around. Enjoyable story.

Don't see it if It is more like a concert . Stobe lights bother you, or a concert atmosphere.

During previews
87
Rachel chavkin the directing wizard who brought us "the great comet" brings her magic to this folk opera retelling of the orpheus & eurydice story

See it if Chavkin turns stage into funky wonder; clever songs/fine band; emotional-singing E Noblezada/Eurydice & thundering bass P Page/Hades

Don't see it if at times has feel of dramatized concert; don't feel deep emotion in Orph/Euryd relationship/ending should be devastating but is not

Also Political Commentary: Tho show predates Trump, it prophetically shows ... Read more Read less

During previews
100
Must see, Riveting, Great writing, Great staging, Exquisite

See it if A blend of 100% excellence in storytelling, a salad of musical styles, breathtaking choreography, inspired casting all add up to perfect !!

Don't see it if If you have no interest in seeing the finest show in New York this season ! Not easy to explain how this works but it does and brilliantly !

During previews
100
Refreshing, Great music, Great staging, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Refreshing way to tell Greek love story. With great music (feels like New Orleans).

Don't see it if you dislike Greek story/tragedy.

Also I don't feel the love between Orpheus and Eurydice. The cast and music... Read more Read less

During previews
94
Based on greek myth of hades persephone orpheus and eurydice, Great voices and singing, Great set, Great choreography

See it if The set is like an after hours New Orleans folk, blues, and jazz club. Orpheus with his song intends to restore disrupted seasons.

Don't see it if Indentured coal miners/wall builders are property of Hades, the mine owner. Mine illuminated under a pentagram of ominously swinging lights.

Also Hades whips up his minions: “The enemy is poverty / And the wall keeps... Read more Read less

During previews
89
Great score, Resonant, Intelligent, Great staging, Great singing

See it if you a open to a folk opera with a great score that has jazz, blues, and gospel accents

Don't see it if you only like conventional musicals with a chorus line and a happy ending.

Also The production is slightly marred by the miscasting of the male lead. ... Read more Read less

During previews
90
Smashes boundaries, Tragically romantic, Zydeco folk bwy sound, Turntables more than les miz, Exhilerating

See it if Once, Les Miz, Metropolis, Triplets of Belleville, & mythology imagery and jazz, folk, zydeco, BWY musical idioms already intrigue you ...GO

Don't see it if think mythology references are 2 hi-brow, dislike trombone, accordian & turntables, need happy ending, don't want 2 visit hell, are perverse

Also Spectacular evening of music and visual staging

During previews
97
Great writing, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you love great theatre.This is a brilliant production:great acting,writing, staging, singing.It's as good as it gets.This is gonna win Tonys

Don't see it if you want bland froth.This show is riveting, fascinating, endlessly entertaining.Great performances,great directing.It is just amazing.

During previews
90
Great choreography, Tragic, Romantic, Great staging, Great singing

See it if you would like an old story told a new way, great original music, a flavor of the Great Comet but much improved, very well acted and staged.

Don't see it if if you prefer traditional music and staging or would be bothered by characters which breaks the fourth wall.

During previews
88
Great singing, Intense, Great staging, Ambitious, Innovative

See it if want to see something truly original. A jazzy, bluesy score;great band; fantastic set; some excellent performances; interesting concept.

Don't see it if not completely convinced by the passion between Orpheus & Eurydice. It's there in word & deed, but somewhat muted in performance.

During previews
89
Great staging, Great acting, Edgy, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You want to enjoy a new take on old myths , Orpheus and Eurydice have never been hipper. Small show with big aspirations .

Don't see it if You expect traditional Broadway show tunes or a comedy

During previews
91
Entertaining, Riveting, Refreshing, Great singing, Great staging

See it if well-crafted and performed non-traditional musical. some killer performances. very enjoyable music and staging.

Don't see it if could be a bit too "hip" for some who like traditional musicals.

During previews
98
Great writing, Great staging, Intelligent, Refreshing, Masterful

See it if you want to see a masterful, truly unique show. It will astonish you!

Don't see it if you prefer "classically" stage productions (and even then, you should still go!)

Also So much to praise in this production! I went to the 5th day of preview... Read more Read less

During previews
90
Entertaining, Refreshing, Great staging, Great singing, Clever

See it if You enjoy beautiful music and singing in a reimagined tale of Orpheus and Eurydice. The whole production was inspired.

Don't see it if You want a traditional fluffy Broadway musical. This play has wonderful lyrics, singing, choreography, and spirit.

During previews
92
Wonderful music, Exquisite, Exciting, Great staging and direction

See it if You are looking for an intelligent show with a great score and solid performances.

Don't see it if You want a straight-out comedy; you're not in the mood to think.

Also I had seen the production at New York Theater Workshop and loved it. I... Read more Read less

During previews
85
Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining, Great staging, Great singing

See it if Unique,original musical using story of Orpheus and Eurydice.The music and band performances are outstanding. Cast sings beautifully.

Don't see it if Mythological stories are not appealing to you. The music, band, and cast performances are better than the musical's book.

During previews
85
Intelligent, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if What a feat this show is, it's original, smart and prescient.

Don't see it if You prefer a show with glitz.

During previews
91
Great staging, Romantic, Must see, Epic, Great singing

See it if you like myths, musicals, folk music, spinning stages, or Eva Noblezada

Don't see it if You don't like your shows with any whiff of allegory or politics (in the broad sense). You demand a kickline.

Also I saw this show at NYTW and I think the Broadway budget has been well-... Read more Read less

During previews
94
Edgy, Strong cast, Exciting, Fresh, Original

See it if you appreciate new and innovative works. Principals and ensemble all wonderful. Music is great. This is a must see!

Don't see it if you don't like musicals or only want to see the classics.

Also This was truly an exciting night of theater. It's hard to believe that... Read more Read less

During previews
97
Great writing, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Clever

See it if Best musical since Hamilton; brilliant imaginative recreation of the Orpheus myth with social justice overtones but focus on love

Don't see it if Like Hamilton mostly sung through with rhyming speech and some may find the more modern overlays difficult- but is so clever and creative

During previews
90
Great singing, Romantic, Great set design, Beautiful, Moving

See it if You enjoy folk music with a dash of dixie. Like shows that due to their ritualistic and cyclical nature get better with rewatching.

Don't see it if You dislike concert-musical hybrids. This version of Hadestown is closer to a traditional musical, but it still has the soul of a concert.

Also "To know how it ends... Read more Read less

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.


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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