Open run | 2h 30m | Midtown W

Hadestown (Broadway)

From 697 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 (697)

MEMBERS SAY:

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

During previews
81
Great acting, Great singing, Intense, Must see, Great staging

See it if This is probably the most original new show on Broadway at the moment, will be getting lots of Tony nominations

Don't see it if A bit heavy and dark (but it is about death). I felt very anxious watching it.

During previews
97
Masterful music, Relevant, Refreshing, Must see, Great staging

See it if you enjoy a great and original piece of musical--strong music writing and masterful staging.

Don't see it if you don't like pub jazz style music and do not care about Greek myth.

During previews
75
Slow, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if like Non traditional Musicals like a Blues/New Orleans score

Don't see it if Want to see a big lavish musical

Also I would score it much higher but a am getting tired of shows that use ... Read more Read less

During previews
85
Romantic, Entertaining, Great staging, Enchanting, Clever

See it if you want to see what I think will be the "next big thing" on Broadway - get tickets now. Super enchanting, great storytelling, great staging

Don't see it if You don't like sung-through musicals, or modern re-telling of ancient myths.

During previews
98
Epic, Relevant, Masterful, Great singing, Exquisite

See it if you love an epic love story that takes you from high to low to high and back.

Don't see it if you want the perfectly gift-wrapped ending.

During previews
96
Magnificent staging, singing, writing, etc, Must see, Masterful, Resonant, Enchanting

See it if You want to experience some spectacular theater. Regardless of whether you know the story of Orpheus/Eurydice. Want a breath of fresh air.

Don't see it if You have a rock in the place of your heart. Hate shows based on stories you may have heard before. If you don't want your life changed.

During previews
92
Entertaining, Great staging, Intelligent, Relevant, Refreshing

See it if You want to see an original show beautifully directed, performed, staged with fresh, melodic music with some stand out talent on the stage.

Don't see it if If you don’t like a musical with little dialogue and have to watch and listen to the songs to understand the plot. Or you like a flashy show

Also I honestly didn’t think this show could get any better than while it w... Read more Read less

During previews
89
Beautiful, Modern, Clever

See it if You’re in the mood for something non-traditional.

Don't see it if You want a typical musical and you don’t like theater that is thought-provoking.

Also I’ll try to describe it by saying it’s like a mash-up of Rent/JC Super... Read more Read less

During previews
95
Great score, Great singing, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if Fans of shows like The Great Comet and Spring Awakening will probably like this show. Anyone looking for a unique piece of theatre.

Don't see it if If you’re looking for lighter, fluffier, less character driven musicals.

Also In order to fully appreciate this show, you’ll have to understand the ... Read more Read less

During previews
75
Slow, Great staging, Enchanting

See it if You enjoy myths and shows that are outside of the box with a lot of singing.

Don't see it if You like fast moving shows with more dialogue than singing.

During previews
93
Refreshing, Profound, Great staging, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You are longing for more interesting and just better music than is in most Broadway shows. You will feel refreshed!

Don't see it if You don’t want to think about the whole “love/art vs security/commerce” thing. I certainly didn’t, however I really, really loved the show.

Also There are so many great performances here. This show is going to be th... Read more Read less

During previews
92
Intelligent, Must see, Absorbing, Great singing, Great staging

See it if A spectacular production, almost completely sung. A modern retelling of a classic tragic love story. The ensemble sings and dances to glory.

Don't see it if You don't like music. It's almost like an opera.

Also The cast is sensational including the the on-stage band which is almos... Read more Read less

During previews
100
Great staging, Relevant, Must see, Masterful, Enchanting

See it if this is a must-see. Easily one of the most beautiful shows I’ve ever seen.

Don't see it if no reason to not see this.

During previews
65
Slow, Great staging, Banal, Disappointing

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.

Also There's so much that is wonderful here but the whole is far, far less ... Read more Read less

During previews
95
Great writing, Great staging, Great singing, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if the myth of Orpheus and Erudice, told as a honkytonk musical. spectacular performances and fun staging.

Don't see it if don't see it if you don't like jazz & blues. don't see it if you're a strict classicist who thinks the original text is sacrosanct.

During previews
86
Great singing, outstanding sets, original, long, great ensemble

See it if Well just see it because it's going to be nominated, there are some phenomenal people in it, and some killer numbers.

Don't see it if You hate musicals or require a musical to be full of hits. Some numbers are a snooze. Act II drags. But it's original and worth seeing.

Also I know people who think this is the best musical of the season and des... Read more Read less

During previews
95
Enchanting, Must see, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting

See it if You love a classic love story told by a multitalented ensemble cast.

Don't see it if You want a conventional musical.

During previews
84
Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You want to see great acting and singing and great sets. The music was terrific and you felt you were taken on a journey to the netherworld

Don't see it if You want a story that is realistic and you don’t like mythology and symbolism.

During previews
100
Epic, Enchanting, Romantic, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if you want to see masterfully storytelling & stunning music. I've never seen anything like this and it blew me away.

Don't see it if you hate folk music.

During previews
90
Entertaining, Clever

See it if This show is a great interpretation of Roman mythology consisting of talented actors with terrific singing voices and fun dance moves.

Don't see it if The show is a little long but it does have an intermission.

During previews
98
Absorbing, Great singing, Must see, Epic, Great staging

See it if you want to see a pair of epic love stories amazingly staged & see great performances, esp. Patrick Page & Amber Gray at top of their game

Don't see it if you'll get bored with a naive hero in Orpheus; you don't like jazzy-folk music

During previews
93
Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You are into a modern day musical of the Greek tragedy Orpheus and Eurydice with novel songs, great performances and great staging.

Don't see it if If you like traditional musicals and don’t mind missing a wonderful evening’s entertainment

During previews
90
Great writing, Great singing, Great staging, Enchanting

See it if Incredible music (jazz and folk-infused) and powerful staging. Every element comes together beautifully to tell an old story in a new way.

Don't see it if You want to see something "classic," don't like shows that are sung through, want something light and fluffy.

During previews
100
Masterful, Profound, Must see, Absorbing

See it if It's nearly perfect. Or as perfect as it needs to be. The music, staging, performances... all of it. Will be better if you know the myth.

Don't see it if You don't like intense modern musicals. But I loved it so much.

During previews
90
Exquisite, Must see, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You want to hear great music, see great dancing, and be thoroughly entertained.

Don't see it if No reason I can think of. It's a joy to watch.


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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