New York | 2h 30m | Open run

Hadestown (Broadway)

From 50 critic and 442 member reviews
Members say: Great staging, Great singing, Absorbing, Must see, Enchanting

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.  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.



95
Absorbing, Must see, Great staging

See it if you're looking for a show that doesn't feel like a traditional old fashioned musical.

Don't see it if you'd prefer a big, splashy musical.

95
Relevant, Refreshing, Great staging, Enchanting

See it if you like new musical theatre, folk music, mythology.

Don't see it if you prefer glossy Golden Era musical comedies.

95
Refreshing, Funny, Entertaining, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if You love seeing actors sing the s#&% out of a score.

Don't see it if You want to be wowed by production values. It's a pretty simple design - not much in the "incredible set" arena.

95
Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You want to see one of the best musicals to hit Broadway since Hamilton

Don't see it if You hate musicals or interesting story telling

95
Romantic, Intelligent, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if You like the idea of Greek myths told with modern bluegrass-y music

Don't see it if You don't like musicals

95
Exquisite, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if for exquisite writing equally matched by astounding performances. A knowledge of mythology is not necessary to appreciate the story.

Don't see it if You dislike shows that are told through song or if you only enjoy traditional theater. My way of basically saying, see it.

Also It was a wonderful show with a timeless story that also seemed scarily... Read more Read less

95
Quirky, Refreshing, Great singing, Great staging, Edgy

See it if you love an original score and concept performed by a stunning cast.

Don't see it if you're not at least somewhat a fan of mythology.

95
Relevant, Masterful, Great singing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to lifted from what is weighing you down. brilliant score, performances, staging and vocals

Don't see it if you love Mamma Mia

95
Riveting, Masterful, Great writing, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if The show is a gripping retelling of these myths with really tight staging/artistic direction. The cast is brilliantly talented as well!

Don't see it if The show is a drama set to beautiful music; it's not a Disney musical and isn't meant to be.

95
Relevant, Profound, Must see, Great staging, Great singing

See it if The best show I've seen since Ham & DEH. Absolutely phenomenal, astonishing, beyond belief. I'd see it a thousand more times. RUN to see it.

Don't see it if It's decidedly a new kind of musical; this isn't Rodgers & Hammerstein. It's complex, broody, lush, and entirely relevant.

95
Must see, Profound, Great acting, Great singing, Epic

See it if you love Greek mythology, are intrigued by Rachel Chavkin's work, and are looking for a powerful story.

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

Also I truly believe that this musical will go down in history as one of th... Read more Read less

94
Great staging, Edgy, Epic, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if You're looking for an original work that sweeps you away with its edgy score, fantastic performances, great characters and unique style.

Don't see it if You're looking for something more lighthearted with less risks being taken on the creative side of things.

94
Exquisite, Riveting, Relevant, Must see, Absorbing

See it if You love music and Broadway

Don't see it if No reason not to see it. just go

94
Great staging, Exquisite, Enchanting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You like imaginative and boundary-pushing story-telling

Don't see it if You prefer traditional flashy musical theatre

94
Ambitious, Romantic, Great staging, Great singing, Clever

See it if you want to see the most hyped up show of the season. The acting was great across the board and the production value was off the charts.

Don't see it if you are expecting the next Hamilton. The hype is a little over the top for this show but it is still very good and worth seeing.

94
Absorbing, Great staging, Must see, Great acting

See it if you want a riveting heroic love story with great acting and unique staging -- circular stage with a center that "goes down to hell".

Don't see it if you are turned off by mythology and characters with names like Persephone, Eurydice, & Orpheus.

94
Enchanting, Romantic, Refreshing

See it if you love musicals that are about concepts and married to emotional songs, lighting, performances, staging, and want to be swept away.

Don't see it if you love need a fast-paced, detailed story or romantic comedy with punchlines in your musicals as this has big romantic gorgeous themes.

94
Ambitious, Exquisite, Intelligent, Great staging, Great singing

See it if You appreciate original musicals with scores that don’t sound like show tunes and great orchestration. You like innovative staging.

Don't see it if You want a feel-good show (although this is electric.) You aren’t interested in a book based on myths.

Also I saw Hadestown several times at NYTheaterWorkshop and loved it, espec... Read more Read less

94
Bold!, Masterful, Edgy, Clever

See it if You want to be fascinated by an exceptional story supported by exquisite acting and awesome singing/dancing!

Don't see it if You only like canned musicals based on B rated movies.

Also You do not need to know anything about Greek mythology to see the show... Read more Read less

94
Must see, Great singing, Great staging, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you want great singing in a masterful production. Do yourself a big favor and go. As eye opening as Spring Awakening was. Don't miss it!

Don't see it if There is no reason to not see this

94
Great singing, Must see, Epic, Great staging, Exquisite

See it if You’d enjoy a visually-stunning epic love story with a gorgeous score.

Don't see it if You like only very literal shows.

93
Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting

See it if you want inventively-staged, poetic-style musical with bluesy/jazzy/rock score telling intertwined Greek myths re love, marriage, & climate.

Don't see it if you're not willing to indulge poetic-type storytelling, or want/expect a more conventional B'way musical.

93
Profound, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if You like to be enveloped in your theater experience. It's thoughtful, romantic and intriguing and pure art to look at.

Don't see it if You simply want/need song and dance - you have to put in some effort for this one.

93
Must see, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You want to see something new, well done, and overall exceptional.

Don't see it if I can not think of a single reason not to see this show! Go see it!

93
Refreshing, Masterful, Great staging, Great singing, Visually stunning

See it if You like refreshing, new musicals. Music/set has a NOLA/Preservation Hall feel. Music, staging, set, & cast are gorgeous. Captivating.

Don't see it if You want something more traditional & old school. This is a contemporary show w dark undertones.

Also Hands down the Tony winner this season.... Read more Read less



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