Already closed | East Village

Hadestown (Off-Broadway)

From 251 member  reviews
Members say: Great singing, Great staging, Absorbing, Enchanting, Original

About the show

New York Theatre Workshop presents a folk opera based on the 'Orpheus' myth using songs from Anaïs Mitchell's concept album of the same name. More…

Set in a post-apocalyptic America, this sung-through musical chronicles Orpheus' mythical quest to overcome Hades and regain the favor of his one true love, Eurydice. We travel from wide open plains where love and music aren't enough to sustain the residents, down to Hadestown, an industrialized world of mindless labor and full stomachs. Inspired by traditions of classic American folk music and vintage New Orleans jazz, Mitchell's beguiling melodies and poetic imagination pit nature against industry, faith against doubt, and love against death. Directed by Obie Award-winner Rachel Chavkin.

Member Reviews (251)


Great singing, Great staging, Absorbing, Enchanting, Original
Avg Score

Great staging, Great music, Fresh/new, Ambitious, Great singing

See it if Very creative/original way to recreate a classic. Lyric, poetic, moving. Incredible talent on/behind stage. Powerful staging/music.

Don't see it if Very uncomfortable seating. The littlest bit of knowledge of Greek myths enhances, but the lack thereof doesn't detract from the enjoyment.

Absorbing, Clever, Original, Creative, Great singing

See it if You want to see an absorbing intimate production! Great story with a stellar cast and wonderful music & lyrics!

Don't see it if You aren't willing to sit in incredibly uncomfortable seating for over 2 hours. The theater was also pretty hot, felt like I was in Hades.

Great staging, Original, Must see, Masterful, Great singing

See it if Brilliant! Beautiful! Great staging. Clever! Talent oozing! Patrick Page is gah! Run to this show. Run now!

Don't see it if I don't even know what to say here. You are seriously missing out if you miss this gem.

Entertaining, Refreshing, Original, Great music, Great singing

See it if You enjoy original music in an intimate setting, along with fun staging and storytelling. I loved the harmonies by the 3 Fates.

Don't see it if You are looking for something deeper.

Ambitious, Masterful, Original, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if You are an Anais Mitchell fan, like New Orleans inflected music, funky characters, clever movement, deep and amusing lyrics,

Don't see it if You don't like New Orleans style music, have difficulty following lyrics, not a fan of the Orpheus myth, don't like sitting in the round

Clever, Entertaining, Original, Sometimes trying a little too hard., Great singing

See it if You want a modern take on the Orpheus myth. You want a high-energy show with really good music. You enjoy folk & Cajun music.

Don't see it if You want a traditional take on Greek myths. You prefer traditional theater seating. You don't like folk or Cajun music.

Great staging, Romantic, Quirky, Clever, Great singing

See it if you're a sucker for great music and a romantic story told in an unconventional way.

Don't see it if you prefer a more clear-cut narrative or a happy ending.

Ambitious, Clever, Great staging, Great writing, Great singing

See it if You like original, creatively staged indie rock musicals based on classic stories (along the lines of Spring Awakening and Rent).

Don't see it if You're into bigger, flashier Broadway fare as opposed to small, chamber-like pieces.

Absorbing, Great acting, Original, Quirky, Wonderful band

See it if you appreciate an intimate theater experience, a good yarn, great acting, singing, music arrangements and a truly exceptional band.

Don't see it if you're not interested in mythology, theater in the round, musicals and a non political reference to building a wall to keep out the enemy.

Stunning staging, Ambitious, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you want to see how Rachel Chavkin takes a concept album and magically turns it into a show. Amber Gray steals the show!

Don't see it if you are not into indie-folk music. Or if you do not like a sung-through show.

Great staging, Riveting, Unique, Must see, Great singing

See it if You love great singing,dancing,musicians,musical scores,riveting love stories,Greek mythology,unique staging PATRICK PAGE!!!! FLAWLESS

Don't see it if You are too conventional to enjoy innovative theatre Hated Once Do not believe in Hades Dislike sitting on wooden chairs with a thin pad

Great acting, Masterful, Original, Ambitious, Great singing

See it if You enjoy well acted, well sung musicals with a great score and creative staging. Amazing take on an old myth. Must see.

Don't see it if You don't like tragedies. The staging is rough when you can see everyone else in the audience. It pulled me out of it at times.

Clever, Enchanting, Great acting, Great staging, Great singing

See it if you love musicals that are sung through but not operatic.Thoroughly enjoyed it. Staging is riveting. The performances will amaze you.

Don't see it if you...actually I can't imagine anyone who wouldn't want to see this. I loved every second of it.Delightful.

Surprising, Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing

See it if are looking to see something different and random and want to go in blind and then be surprised by moments of unexpected brilliance

Don't see it if you don't like folky, singer-songwriter type music, you are not interested in seeing something a little different

Original, Resonant, Romantic, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if Great music and musical performances. Inventive staging, and they gave me a glass of champagne! Compelling story. Surprisingly relevant.

Don't see it if Faulty acoustics made it hard to discern the lyrics in parts. The story was sometimes hard to follow.

Absorbing, Delightful, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great singing

See it if love classical theater contemporized with great music and voices. Several breakout performances.

Don't see it if you are not into greek tragedy contemporized

Entertaining, Clever, Great staging, Refreshing, Great singing

See it if you like jazz/folk music, imaginative & fun staging where the characters frequently come from all sides, re-imagining of Greek tragedies

Don't see it if you only like traditional staging, you need detailed plots even with great music, and if you don't like modern versions of Greek tragedies

Disappointing, Slow, Original, Mostly great performances, Overrated

See it if you're a NYTW and/or Anais Mitchell fan.

Don't see it if you can't get past the fact Orpheus is miscast. It made it impossible for me to connect to the love story or care about its resolution.

Entertaining, Epic, Great staging, Original, Refreshing

See it if you like seeing adventurous theatre that pushes boundaries. Immersive staging, stellar cast, and great music. What more could you want?

Don't see it if you want to see a more traditional musical with elaborate staging and props.

Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Overrated, Original

See it if You like different. Interesting staging. If you liked ONCE you will like this. band on stage main character sings with guitar. P Page super.

Don't see it if You want the "accurate" story of Orpheus. Repetitious. Originally an album turned into performance. Overrated show.

Entertaining, Ambitious, Edgy, Great singing

See it if you like Jazz. The music was great the voices as well.

Don't see it if don't want to sit on random chairs. Some comfortable, some not so much. - didn't "enhance" the show, but it did my Sciatica

Exquisite, Original, Epic, Unique, Great singing

See it if Absolutely breathtaking sung-thru telling of Orpheus tale. I was mesmerized; vocals were gorgeous. Staging is spare yet unique & interesting

Don't see it if You need dialog; this is pure music & pure magic. Live band was fantastic. I was not familiar w/the legend but had no trouble following.

Enchanting, Great staging

See it if you enjoy new takes on old stories

Don't see it if you want tap dancing and flash

One of my favorite scores of the decade!, Great acting, Exquisite

See it if You want to see a real work of artistry.

Don't see it if You're looking for a "standard" big Broadway show.

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging, Refreshing

See it if I saw the pre-Bwy version in London 2X & was vimpressed howimproved from the off Bwy run it was. The setting, songs, added chorus were great

Don't see it if you don't enjoy musicals of classic tales done in a New Orleans style of performance.

May 23rd, 2016
“A gorgeously sung, elementally spare production...The performers intermittently move through aisles in the audience, bringing an inviting intimacy to the production. It’s a smart tactic, because while its score is continually beguiling, ‘Hadestown’ might feel static were it not for Ms. Chavkin’s...
read more
May 23rd, 2016
“The stellar ensemble fills the theater with soaring harmonies, weaving in and out of the audience and the onstage band. Mitchell’s music, lush and strange and lyrically brilliant, has found its match in this cast...The one weak spot is Daunno, whose vocal and acting chops don’t stack up against ...
read more
May 23rd, 2016
“The likelihood of enjoyment may depend on your willingness to accept that what you are watching is not in fact a musical but more of an illustrated pop concert, if a very pretty one. On the other hand, if you go in hoping for a story told through song, the traditional province of musical theater...
read more
May 23rd, 2016
“The material has been given an enthralling environmental staging...Energetically sung by the powerful-voiced ensemble, the music is terrific: endlessly inventive and eclectic, as melodic as it is funky and folksy...The lyrics aren't as scintillating as the music, and the action feels overly busy...
read more

Related content