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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

Ambitious, Enchanting, Confusing

See it if a classical song cycle is your preferred evening out

Don't see it if you would rather enjoy something with dialogue

Absorbing, Exquisite, Profound

See it if you love exploring new musicals and creative approaches

Don't see it if you are not appreciative of innovation.

Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Delightful, Great singing

See it if You like musicals that tell the story in music. You like the story of Orpheus and Eurydice.

Don't see it if You don't like theater in the round.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great staging, Great writing, Great singing

See it if great new musical with great actors and staging. telling a greek tragedy made new. refreshing - entertaining,

Don't see it if if you dont like small intimate theaters with small lobbys

Delightful, Ambitious, Great staging, Must see, Great singing

See it if You love an original musical with a terrifc score and singers. Rachel Chavkin is a genius. NYTW does it again with a memorable production.

Don't see it if You only like Broadway musicals.

Great staging, Masterful, Must see, Resonant, Great singing

See it if You love new vibrant original musicals with heart, soul, and brains. You want to see a cast and band that leaves it all on stage.

Don't see it if You hate life itself.

Clever, Enchanting, Intelligent, Masterful, Relevant

See it if You enjoy relevant insightful approach to age old myths and how they relate to today's world

Don't see it if You are looking for a traditional musical comedy type of show

Entertaining, Great staging, Refreshing, Romantic, Clever

See it if you like sung-through musicals, New Orleans-inflected jazz/folk music, creative staging, new take on the Orpheus myth & Patrick Page's voice

Don't see it if you don't like sung-through musicals, prefer elaborate set pieces to a nearly bare stage, are bored by explorations of myths, hate jazz/folk

Absorbing, Enchanting, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy modernized retellings of classic myths and you are compelled by stories that question how and why we tell the stories we tell.

Don't see it if you prefer straight-forward musicals (this almost feels more like a performance piece, if you will) that don't provoke much reflection.

Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting, Great staging, Great singing

See it if you like Natasha Pierre and other innovatively staged musicals

Don't see it if You like a more traditional book musical

Absorbing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Great acting, Must see

See it if You like to be provoked. Patrick Page alone is worth the price of admission

Don't see it if You can't make your way to NYTW.

Original, Great staging, Great singing

See it if You like Greek myths retold and reimagined. Singing was superb. Great attention to detail in references to myths. Stellar performances

Don't see it if You like narrative advanced in dialogue rather than music.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Original, Riveting, Great singing

See it if You like great jazzy singing and dancing. Wonderful music and absorbing story.

Don't see it if Don't like new musicals.

Exquisite, Great staging, Masterful, Original, Great singing

See it if you enjoy truly original works. A folk opera that is full of wonderful music and brilliant direction. NYTW at its best!

Don't see it if you do not like "sung-through" musicals with operatic dimensions in total accessible music.

Ambitious, Absorbing, Original, Quirky, Riveting

See it if you love a smart show that creates a new environment. Cast is excellent and the directing evocative. Captivating.

Don't see it if you don't like lively music and a fun story.

Ambitious, Exquisite, Masterful

See it if Extremely talented musicians and vocalists. Intimate and brilliant staging. Evocative score. Immersive and stimulating experience overall.

Don't see it if Familiarity with the myth would be helpful.

Absorbing, Great staging, Masterful, Edgy, Great singing

See it if you like Rachel Chavkin's staging and well performed sing through musicals in the round

Don't see it if you don't like sitting on slightly too hard chairs

Clever, Enchanting, Immersive, Great cast, Great singing

See it if you delight in fresh & innovative telling of a familiar tale; if you want to hear thrilling stage singing; if you're up for an adventure.

Don't see it if mythopoetic archetypal oft-told tales bore you; if you prefer nuanced character arcs & surprising storylines; if you need a proscenium arch.

Fabulous music, Great staging, Original, Refreshing, Memorable

See it if a folk, pop, retro jazz/soul score sounds like a good time. Be, Gray, and Page are unique voices we need in musicals. I loved the experience

Don't see it if performed in the round/actors moving through the audience. You prefer more lavish sets/choreography/costumes. The book is a little muddled.

Also I don't think I was supposed to find the Orpheus character as grating ... Read more Read less

Great staging, Quirky, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you love good music, great singing, and interesting staging.

Don't see it if you require acting to be as strong as the singing.

Enchanting, Great staging, Resonant, Great singing

See it if You love the the style of music. If you like creatively staged theatre that gives a new spin on old stories.

Don't see it if you don't like sung-through shows. The plot is pretty simple, but there are moments when it isn't clear what exactly is happening

Great acting, Masterful, Profound, Resonant

See it if you want to see an incredible retelling of a classic myth, or want to see the best thing off-broadway right now

Don't see it if you dislike any kind of folk/rock/bluegrass/jazz type music, and don't want your mind blown

Soulful, Riveting, Enchanting, Great singing

See it if Enjoy inventive takes on classic myths, appreciate folk, hot jazz, and close harmony in theater, Amber Gray, overall meritocratic casting

Don't see it if Can't forgive false/forced rhymes, prefer splashy production value musicals, only like happy, entertaining fare

Absorbing, Enchanting, Great staging, Must see

See it if You are a fan of Anais Mitchell's music, fresh staging, and energetic and talented performers

Don't see it if I can't think of a reason why!

Also I was truly obsessed by this show. I actually saw it five times! The m... Read more Read less

Clever, Entertaining, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you like Greek Myths

Don't see it if you don't like Greek myths

Also I saw this show in its incarnation at the NY Theater Workshop in the E... Read more Read less

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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