Open run | 2h 30m | Midtown W

Hadestown (Broadway)

From 692 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 (692)

MEMBERS SAY:

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

During previews
86
Intelligent, Great staging, Great singing, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if you're interested in adding complexity to a well known Greek tragedy and love good music...if you loved great comet.

Don't see it if you only like certain styles of music or dislike strong characters. Really I can't think of who might hate this show.

During previews
90
Intelligent, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy fresh original musicals

Don't see it if You prefer a light fluffy musical

Also This is a hauntingly beautiful show with a great score and fabulous ca... Read more Read less

During previews
100
Masterful, Riveting, Great staging, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if you want to experience musical theater at it's best. It grabs you from the first song. Superb cast.

Don't see it if you only like light/traditional musical theater. This is different from anything else on Broadway.

During previews
69
Enchanting, Overrated, Disappointing, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if You like Greek mythology. You follow trends. Hadestown is one of those shows that “everyone” loves. You’ll be expected to love it too.

Don't see it if You want a clearly explained story, clear explanations of who the characters are, if you like high stakes and legitimate conflict.

Also There were moments I found compelling. I even choked up a couple times... Read more Read less

During previews
100
Epic, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you want an absorbing theatre experience

Don't see it if you're partial to traditional musicals

During previews
80
Great singing, Ambitious

See it if You like new , inventive shows. Great music, great singing, great actors. Andre De Shields is amazing!

Don't see it if You avoid dark material, you had jazzy music. you are looking for more of a traditional Broadway show.

During previews
72
Liked

See it if You like new musicals. You like concert driven musicals. You like serious/darker musicals.

Don't see it if You want book driven musicals.

Also I think positive word of mouth may have effected my thoughts. My expec... Read more Read less

During previews
95
Must see, Refreshing, Great singing, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if you love musicals. All of it is great - cast, music, staging. Such a magical night.

Don't see it if I'm having a hard time thinking of who wouldn't like the show - I suppose it may not be your taste if you prefer jukebox or movie musicals

During previews
96
Resonant, Refreshing, Great staging, Great singing, Clever

See it if you love seeing new, innovative, intelligent musicals that expand the art form

Don't see it if you thought Pretty Woman was amaaaaazing

During previews
100
Best thing to hit b'way in a while, Amazing voices, Exquisite

See it if you are a fan of amazing voices, costume, staging & fabulous theatre

Don't see it if you don't love operattas.

Also So...this was brought to you by the same people that did the Great Com... Read more Read less

During previews
95
Must see, Great singing, Entertaining, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if You love a different kind of musical, with great music and great staging.

Don't see it if You need a happy ending, aren't familiar with Greek myths.

During previews
90
Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if U like new type of productions and musicals with a hidden message that becomes clear at the end. It was a great production

Don't see it if U don't like musicals and don't want to think,

During previews
98
Great singing, Great staging, Exquisite, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if You want something new. Chavkin's staging is a wonder to behold. The score is gorgeous, the set beautiful, and the cast phenomenal.

Don't see it if You need a traditional musical but I would still suggest giving it a chance.

During previews
95
Entertaining, Dizzying, Great singing, Great staging, Must see

See it if you like great singing, staging and a captivating story. Very Great Comet-ish, with jazz too.

Don't see it if you want a simple singular character focused play, or if you hate musicals.

During previews
95
Relevant, Must see, Masterful, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if Old stories presented in a new light, marvelous music, dynamic staging, stirring and heart breaking, beautiful designs

Don't see it if Only avoid this show if you absolutely must have a Hollywood happy ending. And even then, you probably should go anyway.

Also I absolutely loved this show. It might be my favorite new musical in t... Read more Read less

During previews
95
Must see, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if Modern take on an ancient Greek myth, with exceptional performances, direction and music.

Don't see it if You prefer traditional musical theater or straight plays

During previews
100
Must see, Epic, Exquisite, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if you are looking for a mesmerizing score, gorgeous singing, fantastic set and you are looking for something that is unforgettable.

Don't see it if I can't think of a reason not to see it.

During previews
99
Must see, Resonant, Epic, Dizzying, Exquisite

See it if you love great performance & music & a fantastically done everything. (three days out and I'm still trying to put words to the experience)

Don't see it if You want great character depth, they're banking on myth knowledge I think, but that's my only complaint. It's masterfully presented.

During previews
100
Refreshing, Profound, Great singing, Great staging, Enchanting

See it if Amazing music, performances and staging. Will make you feel all sorts of emotions. Can't recommend this one enough.

Don't see it if You do not like shows with a unique approach, or sung through shows.

During previews
96
Great writing, Great staging, Relevant, Intelligent, Must see

See it if you like theatre done effortlessly and are tired of jukebox musicals and shows based on movies. "And for a moment I forget how cold it gets"

Don't see it if you don't like supporting new works or if you want a happy ending. "It's a sad tale, it's a tragedy, but we're gonna sing it anyway."

During previews
100
Masterful, Profound, Great singing, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if you want to see the best new musical since Hamilton.

Don't see it if you dislike artistic musicals and prefer more lavish productions. Even so, this show should not be missed.

During previews
100
Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Epic, Ambitious

See it if you want the best score in the Western world, an amazing set, an epic love story set to the mesmerizing music of Anais Mitchell in Nawlins.

Don't see it if No reason not to see it. See it!

Also I saw this at NYTW as part of my season ticket package with no knowled... Read more Read less

During previews
95
Refreshing, Must see, Great staging, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if you want a completely unique experience. The staging, the lighting, the acting and singing are amazing. I said "wow" out loud several times.

Don't see it if you're looking for a completely new story. While the story may not be new or unique, the way it's told is.

During previews
95
Great acting, Relevant, Must see, Great singing, Clever

See it if GREAT MUSIC - Andre De Shields (THE WIZ) is back and FANTASTIC - clever retelling of classic tals / staging wonderful

Don't see it if you don't like musicals...you don't like jazz / zydeco music (think Once)...

During previews
86
Refreshing, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if THIS SHOW REMINDS ME OF ONCE MEETS CHICAGO SET IN NEW ORLEANS WITH THE DEVIL WATCHING OVER - ITS FUN AND UNIQUE NOT LIKE ANYTHING ELSE ON BW

Don't see it if YOU DON'T LIKE NEW ORLEANS STYLE FUN OR GREAT SINGING OR DANCING OR DISLIKE THE DEVIL


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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