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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!~
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!!!!!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.