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 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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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