Open run | 2h 30m | Midtown W

Hadestown (Broadway)

From 701 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 (701)

MEMBERS SAY:

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

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.

During previews
95
Resonant, Great direction, Must see, Great writing, Epic

See it if mythic musicals of love and fate thrill you. It's so brilliant even tragedy becomes triumph. A perfect cast. Hadestown is heaven on Earth!

Don't see it if you hate musicals. Go to Hadestown! You'll enjoy it. It's mind-blowing to know it was written in 2010. #Prophetic

During previews
82
Resonant, Slow, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if I saw Hadestown at NYTW and wasn't sold on it. But Hadestown is bigger and better. The plot is more fleshed out, and the staging is grand...

Don't see it if ...Reeve Carney is weak, and the show drags a bit in the middle. But it all comes together in a really beautiful way by the end.

During previews
82
Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful, Absorbing, Clever

See it if Loved the songs and the story line. Loved the modern twist with music to mythology. Must see!

Don't see it if You do not like mythology

During previews
90
Delightful, Romantic, Enchanting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if It's a creative reinterpretation of Greek myth - a beautiful, moving, funny/sad piece with outstanding performers [esp DeShields, at 73].

Don't see it if you don't want a musical - this is almost sung-through.

During previews
85
Ambitious, Great choreography, Great music and lyrics, Great staging, Great singing

See it if you enjoy beautiful singing and dance; this is a joyful, enchanting show, with great talent onstage & magical stagecraft

Don't see it if you have trouble with strobe lights, don't like music-and-dance-focused pieces, prefer dramas/thought pieces

During previews
90
The classic myth done new orleans jazz style. a real musical treat., Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if If you like good music and a classic love story you can't miss with this show.

Don't see it if If you dislike New Orleans style old fashioned jazz music

During previews
99
Cathartic, Elegiac, Resplendent, Dazzling, Intricate

See it if you appreciate theatricality.

Don't see it if you have no imagination.

Also I think this thing is perfect, but I need a few more days to gather my... Read more Read less

During previews
91
Different, Talanted, Creative, Ambitious, Beautiful music

See it if you like sung-through, indie shows with beautiful and original music. Talented cast and creative staging. Page’s bass is very cool :)

Don't see it if Carney is a miscast. Lacks charisma, and stage presence; no romantic connection to the female lead. Spoils the otherwise perfect casting.

Also I liked the off Broadway version a tick more. Even though less polishe... Read more Read less

During previews
92
Entertaining, Absorbing, Edgy, Great singing, Great acting

See it if you are looking for musical theater that grabs you and takes you along for the ride. An energetic and committed performance by everyone

Don't see it if you are looking for sedate Delivery is everything here The story is compelling and the acting especially by Hades is great Better 2nd time

During previews
95
Must see, Masterful, Great writing, Great staging, Great singing

See it if You want to see the front runner for best musical, among other categories. This is brilliant and will be with you long after it’s over.

Don't see it if You want something flimsy and fluff. This show is complex and a must see

During previews
82
Clever, Great staging, Intelligent, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if You're looking for an exciting new musical. It's a modern day telling of a Greek mythology story beautifully staged and performed.

Don't see it if There are holes in the book (a lot of telling not showing) so it would be helpful to know a bit about Greek mythology before seeing the show

During previews
90
Riveting, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You want to see the best new musical of the season. A timeless tragedy meets ode to love. To see Page, Grey and de Shields all brilliant.

Don't see it if You’re not open to another Orpheus retelling that has a few minor slow passages amidst much beauty.

During previews
95
Enchanting, Masterful, Riveting, Resonant, Romantic

See it if I love this double love story based on Greek mythology. The music is amazing and stays with you long after the show ends.

Don't see it if I love the diverse and incredible cast-and the clever staging. I recommend seeing from Mezzanine--even more interesting to see "down".

Also I saw this in London and loved it so much I have been counting the day... Read more Read less

During previews
82
Refreshing, Ambitious, Slow, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You like folk and jazzy type music, you like to see a musical with it’s own style, you like Greek mythology.

Don't see it if You don’t like jazzy music, you only like traditional musical theater, you need a lot of action in your shows.

Also I’m not sure how I feel about this show. It started off slow for me, a... Read more Read less

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

See it if You like a Greek mythology love story about justice, freedom & romance Songs are memorable Huge talent

Don't see it if You don't like Greek mythology

Also Reeve Carney & Eva Noblezada were miscast. No chemistry for romance an... Read more Read less

During previews
92
Refreshing, Intelligent, Great staging, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if You like innovative, and beautifully performed musicals that stay with you well beyond the show.

Don't see it if You don't like musicals, and don't like allegories.

During previews
83
Romantic, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if If you like stories of Greek tragedy with an updated take. The individual performances are very polished. I liked the music and staging.

Don't see it if If you’re more traditional or if you’re bothered by new musicals. Look up the parents guide if need be. I wanted a tad more from the plot.

During previews
95
Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Exquisite, Enchanting

See it if you enjoyed "Once', "Great Comet", "Spring Awakening".

Don't see it if you don't like something a little off-beat and quirky.


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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