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 You love folk music, Patrick Page and don't care about dramatic structure (it's basically diet Orpheus and Eurydice sans momentum).
Don't see it if You prefer shows with dramatic structure, character development, conflict...you know, the basics.
See it if You love Natasha, Pierre, the downtown musical theater scene, or just want to see something new, innovative and otherworldly.
Don't see it if You want classic musical theater or a story that is character and plot driven as opposed to creatively and stylistically driven.
See it if You're into myth stories. The singing was great except the young male lead whose falsetto was painful.
Don't see it if You like a better range is show tunes. The singers were mostly great but the songs were deadly repetitive and the show was way too long
See it if you like New Orleans-style Jazz, the Orpheus & Eurydice story, and a good design (with a GREAT tree).
Don't see it if you don't like jazz, or don't care for actors moving throughout the audience space.
See it if You like lots of gimmicky staging and are taken in by highly conceptual storytelling.
Don't see it if You are aren't turned on by musicals filled with cliches and that reduce Greek mythology to mere on-the-nose political commentary