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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)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great singing, Great staging, Absorbing, Enchanting, Original

59
Slow, Song cycle, Zero dramatic structure, Great music

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.

65
Enchanting, Edgy, Great staging, Overrated

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.

50
Original, Intelligent, Indulgent, Overrated, Quirky

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

65
Ambitious, Disappointing, Interesting, Over-long, Great singing

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.

64
Enchanting, Slow, Indulgent, Clever

See it if you enjoy the live indie music scene.

Don't see it if you want lose yourself in a rich story.

60
Indulgent, Overrated, Disappointing

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


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