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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, Entertaining, Great staging, Must see, Great singing

See it if you love wonderful harmonies and terrific staging. They tell the story clearly and there are quite a few stunning moments.

Don't see it if you only want conventional theatre and prefer dialogue in your musicals. This is almost entirely sung through.

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.

Riveting, Refreshing, Original, Must see, Enchanting

See it if You enjoy excellent singing and music, inventive staging, and unusual storytelling structure. Amazingly good show.

Don't see it if You require a black and white, linear narrative; if you are a literal-minded clod; if you aren't willing to "go along" with a show's idea.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Overrated

See it if you love good music and a unique way of telling a really well-known story.

Don't see it if you want to feel something different about this well-known story than you ever have or are expecting some new truth.

Absorbing, Catchy music, Original, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you want to see a Greek myth retold using very catchy bluegrass-tyle music. Amazing acting, esp by actresses playing Eurydice & Persephone

Don't see it if you don't like theatre in the round. Chairs are uncomfortable & you may not be able to see all of the action easily.

Ambitious, Clever, Great staging, Quirky, Edgy

See it if it finally makes a much deserved transfer to B'way. Also if you dig the inventive, thoughtful direction of Rachel Chavkin (Great Comet, SMS)

Don't see it if see it.

Great staging, Great writing, Great acting, Original, Great singing

See it if NYTW has done it again. A break-thorough show that is moving and totally engaging. A great cast...a great score.

Don't see it if Everyone should see it!~

Enchanting, Exquisite, Entertaining

See it if Wow! What a show! A folk opera with an incredible score, brilliantly talented performers and spectacularly staged ! Blew me away!!

Don't see it if can not think of any reason NOT to recommend this show. It's absolutely brilliant! Loved every second!!!!!

Ambitious, Clever, Edgy, Original

See it if Enjoy great singing and good storytelling

Don't see it if if you are looking for something light

Ambitious, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if you want an innovate, creative and moving experience. One of the coolest stories and stagings i've ever seen.

Don't see it if you want a commerical story

Absorbing, Enchanting, Exquisite, Great staging, Resonant

See it if you like to see something creative with wonderful music and a touching story. And you want to witness an adventure through fluid movements.

Don't see it if you have no interest in mythology or folk music.

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Clever, Entertaining, Masterful, Sonic, Resonant

See it if You want to see an old Greek myth told with new life, new agency and music that soars in all of the best ways. It's engrossing.

Don't see it if You prefer a more straight-forward telling of a story and don't want to fill in the narrative gaps with your brain.

Great staging, Clever, Creative, Overrated

See it if A creative sung-through version of the myth with top-notch staging, lighting, direction and excellent cast (esp. Amber Gray) and great band

Don't see it if The lyrics are banal (e.g., "I lift my cup/and drink it up"). There's little character development as a result, so the show is a trifle.

Dizzying, Masterful, Must see, Original, Profound

See it if You love brilliant, bold takes on classic stories. You enjoy lyrical folk music and beautiful acting/singing to accompany it.

Don't see it if You want a musical with a lot of dialogue or fast-moving plot. It's very mythic/epic.

Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting, Must see, Refreshing

See it if you like simple staging, beautiful music, and an amazing band. And if you like seeing diverse casts on stage!.

Don't see it if you want a story with strong plot

Ambitious, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging, Original

See it if You like new works, you like the writer, you want to see creative staging and love theatre that created an environment.

Don't see it if You want a theatrical piece full of drama, you don't like folk music, you don't like contemporary theatre you want a musical structured show

Enchanting, Great staging, Great singing

See it if You are familiar with Greek Mythology, specifically the Eurydice myth

Don't see it if You don't like folk-style music

Cliched, Disappointing, Dizzying, Great acting, Indulgent

See it if you really like the concept album it is based on, there are definitely some great songs.

Don't see it if you are expecting a play.

Toe-tapping, Quirky, Enchanting, Delightful, Great singing

See it if you want to feel the music as you head-bop and toe-tap along with the funny, clever & tearful story, presented by an amazing cast.

Don't see it if you hate theater in the round & the cast walking through the audience or if you don't like re-tellings of classic literature.

Enchanting, Original, Refreshing

See it if myths aside, the romantic gesture is alive and well, and accompanied by all sorts of Louisiana music styles in entrancing new musical form.

Don't see it if you don't have a heart. It works as social commentary, love story, musical theatre, that whatever you like, this will have it.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great staging, Intelligent, Refreshing

See it if Anyone who likes an inventive take on a classic story.

Don't see it if If you only like traditional staging.

Absorbing, Enchanting, Great staging, Great singing

See it if You like a mix of folk, blues, rag, even a bit of jazz. Very entertaining. intimate staging.

Don't see it if You can't handle a good ol tragedy

Entertaining, Great staging, Refreshing, Absorbing, Great singing

See it if you're interested in a classic Greek myth retold in the style of a folk opera, with terrific music and performances.

Don't see it if you want a story that is complex or particularly nuanced, or a traditional musical. This one is pretty unusual.

Clever, Great singing, Great staging, Romantic, Imperfect

See it if you'd like to see a new spin on an old myth and listen to some wonderful music.

Don't see it if you're looking for a big spectacle of a musical.

Clever, Great staging, Quirky, Resonant, Great singing

See it if A folk opera by singer/songwriter Anais Mitchell about Orpheus and Eurydice. Good songs, well sung. Inventive staging .

Don't see it if you like big scale musicals.

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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