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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.