New York | 2h 30m | Open run

Hadestown (Broadway)

From 50 critic and 595 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. 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.



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
Relevant, Great staging, Great singing, Must see, Absorbing

See it if I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys theater. It was one of those types of shows that I wanted to immediately see again.

Don't see it if Probably wouldn't appeal to someone who is very politically conservative in the current meaning.

94
Intelligent, Great staging, Enchanting

See it if You enjoy a new force on Broadway that is smart and funny and heartbreaking.

Don't see it if You are tired of Greek tragedies being retold or are looking for a happy ending.

94
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great singing, Clever

See it if you enjoy well-sung musical numbers, talented and memorable performers with a story line tugging at your heartstrings

Don't see it if you only like conventionally staged musicals and have no interest in Greek mythology

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

See it if You want to see a show that is wonderfully different, that makes you rethink what musical theater can be.

Don't see it if You want to see something that's all sing song and smiles.

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
Confusing, Great staging, Great singing, Clever

See it if you would enjoy a bluesy opera (no speaking lines) with a fabulous score, performed beautifully, and the barest of books.

Don't see it if you are a linear thinker who insists on narrative coherence.

93
Absorbing, Must see, Great writing, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you love newer forms of theater that break the stereotypes of musicals. great music with an amazing cast and amazing staging and lighting

Don't see it if you don't like "indie" musicals. you hate greek literature. you only like plays. you hate good things. you need a big splashy musical

93
Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if You actually want to see a great musical that takes full advantage of what it can be.

Don't see it if You don't like sung-through shows or have no heart.

Also Hadestown has been a long time coming but it was worth the wait. It's ... Read more Read less

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

92
Great staging, Great singing, Enchanting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a singular, artistic, creative musical with wonderful singing, acting, and staging.

Don't see it if you don't often enjoy "artsy" theatre.

92
Must see, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if You love inventive musicals. The entire feel of show transcends you to another place. Love the jazz inspired music.

Don't see it if If you are looking for a traditional musical comedy.



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