Open run | 2h 30m | Midtown W

Hadestown (Broadway)

From 1,330 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 (1330)

MEMBERS SAY:

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

87
Great writing, Great staging, Great singing, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You like mythical plays that deal with Orpheus andEurydice reimagined in an original way.

Don't see it if You prefer lite context

60
Slow, Great lighting, Boring, Overrated

See it if you're looking for a unique experience or love the composer Anais Mitchell

Don't see it if you're looking for a plot-driving show with a strong score. The teensy plot fills up maybe 5 minutes and the songs all sound the same

75
Overrated, Indulgent, Disappointing, Great acting, Great singing

See it if You enjoy great performances and good acting. You don’t mind slow songs that take away from show. You enjoy impressive set pieces.

Don't see it if You really expect the story to be relevant and the songs to vary. You like all members of a company to be up to par, or enjoy poignant shows

Also Bottom line: I know this isn’t a popular opinion, but I found Hadestow... Read more Read less

93
Great staging, Intelligent, Resonant, Refreshing, Great music

See it if you enjoy new takes on classic stories, non-traditional musicals, and innovative direction/staging

Don't see it if you prefer traditional song/dance musicals, or the ticket prices are too high (seriously, $129 for the back of the mezz? come on now)

Also I think I’m in the minority that preferred the NYTW production, but th... Read more Read less

100
Intelligent, Great singing, Great staging, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if Like a musical that challenges your intellect. Amazing work by a woman! Amazing cast. Amazing staging. Based on mythology not a movie

Don't see it if You need a simple plot. Or if you like a traditional Bdway style musical. Based on mythology not a cartoon or movie.

96
Great singing, Wowed me, Such a talented ensemble

See it if You love myths, bluesy soundtrack, outstanding musicians - deserved Tony win - for heart, emotion, directing & outstanding performances

Don't see it if No reason not to see this - so few original musicals, the audience loved Hadestown, and it had humor, intelligence and style - loved it!

95
Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy unconventional musicals. This one combines unique stagecraft with moving messages. I was completely involved with the characters.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals-esp. "big" ones. This is lavish but also meaningful & touching. It's about hope & what's really important in life

85
Intelligent, Great singing, Edgy, Ambitious, Clever

See it if You like concept albums come to life, non linear theare, no real book but plenty of songs.

Don't see it if You want a traditional book musical. This is not that.

96
Must see, Refreshing, Enchanting

See it if You were a fan of the off-broadway run. This is a gorgeous transfer.

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

Also I saw the NYTW staging 5 times and really worried it would not transfe... Read more Read less

80
Masterful, Enchanting, Romantic, Riveting, Great staging

See it if See it if you've been doubting Broadway's ability to create good, original content. Incredibly well-made, great performers, beautiful score.

Don't see it if Don't see it if you have no interest in story-telling. This show has a linear plot and character development, if you look for those in shows

85
Must see, Masterful, Great staging, Exquisite, Clever

See it if you enjoy mythical characters brought to life on stage with extreme creativity that shouldn't be missed.

Don't see it if don't care about mythology, nor care to read about the characters in advance to attending the show.

Also Beautifully cast and directed ... the use of music and movement alone ... Read more Read less

88
Musical fable tragedy, Ambitious, Romantic, Resonant, Great staging

See it if you like serious musical fables with little humor but romantic themes told through jazz/folk musical numbers. Good cast commands the stage.

Don't see it if you prefer traditional musical comedy or don't like re-telling of love-themed classical fables.

95
Riveting, Entertaining, Great staging, Great singing

See it if A great story told beautifully, good music,wonderfully preformed. This is a treat.

Don't see it if It’s a little too long,otherwise it’s great.

97
Entertaining, Riveting, Masterful, Great singing, Great staging

See it if This is an amazing production and the choreography and staging are not to be missed. The music is special and Andre De Shields is at home

Don't see it if Don’t see it if music with a New Orleans flare is not your thing.

76
Thought-provoking, Romantic, Intelligent, Enchanting

See it if A hybrid of New Orleans jazz meets contemporary MT, think a super dark and EMO frog princess

Don't see it if You are sensitive to pitch problems - falsetto/bass

85
Boats - trains - walls references to the underworld are all in!!!, Incongruent story lines make great easter eggs for those who pay close attention, An absolute crowd mesmerizer and pleaser!, Original take on a familiar mythological story

See it if You love original musicals

Don't see it if Broadway musicals are not your thing

Also After all the buzz, I finally got a chance to experience what the exci... Read more Read less

80
Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if You enjoy musicals. Amber Gray is a delight. I am not a fan of myth related themes, but I was swept away.

Don't see it if Musicals are not your thing.

98
Masterful, Great writing, Great staging, Great singing, Enchanting

See it if you want to see an original musical based on a classic myth/love story; you enjoy a folk & jazz style score that will stay with you. See it!

Don't see it if you don't want to become obsessed with an engrossing, enchanting musical & memorable score. You prefer old-fashioned broadway fare.

Also I was unfamiliar with the show and the music before I saw it. Now I am... Read more Read less

90
Great acting, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if you appreciate thoughtful, we’ll acted musicals.

Don't see it if I can’t think of a reason not to enjoy this play!

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

90
Great acting, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if It is a beautiful small amazing musical that will delight you and break your heart. The music and the acting is superb.

Don't see it if If you are looking for a big over the top production of a show.

100
Intelligent, Riveting, Must see, Masterful, Absorbing

See it if you want a brilliantly written, performed, staged and orchestrated musical with the best ensemble cast I have seen in years.

Don't see it if you are looking for a traditional Broadway musical, otherwise, get your ticket as fast as you can!

Also This production is probably the finest most original show staged this ... Read more Read less

70
Great staging, Slow, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if You can get cheap seats. You are a big fan of touring Bourbon Street in NOLA.

Don't see it if You don’t like a monotonous score. You expect a modicum of chemistry between two leads who are supposed to be star-crosses lovers.

Also Reeve Carney played Orpheus like he was an awkward middle school kid w... Read more Read less

73
Clever, Ambitious

See it if You want to hear a fun and soulful new score.

Don't see it if You want a musical that is plot heavy.

Also Loved the Score, but could use a trim

86
Great singing, Intelligent, Enchanting, Great staging

See it if You enjoy an all sung creative story about the myth of Orpheus set in New Orleans and hades. Beautiful staging, on stage musician

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy all sung plays and don’t enjoy mythology


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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