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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)


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

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Edgy, Intelligent

See it if Want to be challenged and kept guessing.

Don't see it if Are closed off to creative and absorbing productions.

Great singing, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Riveting

See it if You want to be blown away.

Don't see it if You are not interested in Southern Gothic style music.

Refreshing, Great staging, Great singing, Epic, Absorbing

See it if You like Anaïs Mitchell or folk music generally. You're all about that bass (Patrick Page). You like mythology and/or know the story.

Don't see it if You don't know or care about Orpheus, want a straightforward / realistic plot, don't like immersive shows.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Masterful, Great singing

See it if You enjoy a unique presentation of a classic story.

Don't see it if You like your Greek tragedies presented classically.

Entertaining, Ambitious, Edgy, Must see, Great singing

See it if You like something different. This isn't Phantom. It has an story based in mythology that is fresh and enormously entertaining.

Don't see it if You want to see Phantom or Cats.

Ambitious, Clever, Enchanting, Great staging, Original

See it if You like musicals that are inventive in both staging and concept.

Don't see it if Southern infused folk/jazz music is not your thing.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Awesome performances, Masterful, Great staging

See it if enjoy original shows with top notch performances and music.

Don't see it if I say just see.

Cliched, Great acting, Enchanting, Indulgent, Quirky

See it if you haven't seen a show with innovative staging before or want to see some great performances in a so-so piece.

Don't see it if you need more than a concept album put directly on stage, and you've seen this bag of tricks before.

Great music, Great singing, Refreshing, Powerful

See it if You're interested in new musical theater. It's a folk opera Myth of Orpheus with great original New Orleans style music.

Don't see it if You like realistic plots and characters. Theater in the round. No sets, lots of symbolism.

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Great acting, Great staging, Original, Intense, Great singing

See it if you like to see musicals that "break the mold", especially when the performers and stage direction are FABULOUS!

Don't see it if you only like fluffy, old-fashioned musicals and don't enjoy stretching your horizons in this area.

Mesmerizing performances in an unusual show!

See it if You appreciate modern inventive staging enhancing great indie/folk/jazz music and thoughtful lyrics. Actors draw you in to the myth update!

Don't see it if You don't have patience for the unconventional all singing version of the Orpheus myth. Take 2 min to google the story and just go see it!

Ambitious, Original, Riveting, Great staging, Great singing

See it if you enjoy a new interpretation of the Orpheus & Euridice story. Music & lyrics carry the action ahead. Very original.

Don't see it if you don't like Greek mythology and/or musicals.

Great staging, Ambitious, Entertaining, Quirky, Great singing

See it if enjoy inventive, immersive musical stagings and excellent performances.

Don't see it if you prefer musicals that have a strong story and well-defined characters.

Entertaining, Original, Great singing

See it if Like off Broadway original musicals and in this case a nice audience seating layout

Don't see it if Your not interested in down home country music

Absorbing, Resonant, Original, Intelligent, Great singing

See it if A beautifully acted and directed show with an excellent cast and music. It's original even if it retells an accent tale. What a wonderful

Don't see it if You only want to see mediocrity

Clever, Great staging, Original

See it if you are a Patrick Page fan. He was deliciously evil & smooth. The staging was original, and I liked that the cast moved around the audience.

Don't see it if you like comfortable chairs, other than hard wooden kitchen chairs...

Clever, Enchanting, Edgy, Great singing

See it if you like non-conventional musical theater songs and Greek staging conventions

Don't see it if you like tap dancing.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Original, Great singing

See it if you know -- or would like to know -- the Orpheus myth.

Don't see it if you only like the same old, same old stuff. This is creative.

Heavenly staging, Hellish dramaturgy, Immersive, Conflict-free zone

See it if you can go to town on an enjoyable score performed by a talented Hadeful 8 in a gloriously immersive, gorgeously designed setting.

Don't see it if the fuzzy presentational storytelling betrays the show's origins as a CD. A song in each act to deepen the lead pair's bond would fix much.

Ambitious, Absorbing, Great singing

See it if You enjoyed the album, or if you like folk music storytelling and mythology.

Don't see it if You want a stand-and-sing style musical. Everything from the layout of the theatre and the stage to the actors' movements create intimacy.

Great music, Great singing, Enchanting, Absorbing, Transporting

See it if you enjoy folk music in general or Once in particular -- this was a fabulous show and I can't wait for the cast recording!

Don't see it if folk music is not your thing.

Clever, Ambitious, Great staging, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You're a fan of Anais Mitchell or the tale of Eurydice and Orpheus. This tells it in a whole new way with a brilliant staging. Amazing set

Don't see it if You don't like folk music.

Ambitious, Absorbing, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You want to catch a new musical before it's moved to Bway-which this prob will. A New Orleans beat/vibe helps make every note worthwhile.

Don't see it if U prefer your musicals with a classic staging. This is the story of Orpheus & Eurydice-& netherworld of Hades. If U need cheery, this isnt.

Epic, Great staging, Masterful, Refreshing, Great singing

See it if you love good pop music scores and if you love theatrical invention. It is an evening that will transport you. Fantastic!

Don't see it if can't think of a reason not to see this masterful and intelligent production.

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, know, the basics.

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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