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Why see Hadestown?

Tony winner Hadestown hits the road!

Cleaning up during the 2018/19 awards season, plucky folk opera Hadestown garnered eight Tony Awards (including the coveted Tony for Best Musical), four Drama Desk Awards, six Outer Critics Circle Awards and a Drama League Award. This came as no surprise given the production received much acclaim during both its Off-Broadway and Broadway runs, praised for its soaring imagination, vibrant retelling of a classic story and a sumptuous score that evokes smoky New Orleans jazz and bubbling Americana-tinged folk. Don't miss out when the lauded musical hits the road on this hotly anticipated national tour!

Written by indie singer-songwriter Anais Mitchell and brought to vivid life by experimental theatre director Rachel Chavkin (Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812), the musical began its life as a touring concert and concept album before taking to the stage at the New York Theatre Workshop in 2016. Based on the beloved Greek myth of Orpheus and his supernatural journey into the underworld, Mitchell and Rachel give the story a uniquely modern and American sensibility - their Hades is a fearsome King of The Underworld cum factory fat cat boss that torments lost souls with endless mechanic toil. Orpheus is cast as a struggling musician and the post-apocalyptic, depression-era world he lives in is tormented with wild seasons that smack of climate-change.

What is Hadestown about?

Rollicking tunes like 'Road to Hell', 'Way Down Hadestown' and 'Wait for Me' punctuate the story of Orpheus, narrated by Hermes. The penniless muso and poet resolves to retrieve his love, the beautiful runaway Eurydice, when she is tempted by Hades to enter the underworld in a bid to escape the frost, famine and empty bellies of the winter months brought on by Persephone's annual tenure below. As with the ancient original, tragedy awaits in the wings, offset by exquisite melodies, jaunty rhythms and a brilliant, inventive way of story telling. 

Key Information

Run Time

Two hours and 25 minutes

Dates

Apr 7 - 9, 2025

Cast

  • Lana Gordon as Persephone
  • Nathan Lee Graham as Hermes
  • Chibueze Ihuoma as Orpheus
  • Matthew Patrick Quinn as Hades
  • Hannah Whitley as Eurydice
  • Dominque Kempf, Belen Moyano and Nyla Watson as Fate

Further cast

Jordan Bollwerk, Jamal Lee Harris, Courtney Lauster, Eddie Noel Rodriguez, Racquel Wiliams, Ian Coulter-Buford, KC Dela Cruz, J. Antonio Rodriguez, Cecilia Trippiedi and Sean Watkinson

Creative

  • Directed by Rachel Chavkin

Awards

2020 Grammy Awards

Nominations
  • Best Musical Theater Album

2020 Grammy Awards

  • Best Musical Theater Album

2019 Drama Desk Awards

  • Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical
  • Outstanding Director of a Musical
  • Outstanding Lighting Design for a Musical
  • Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical
Nominations
  • Outstanding Director of a Musical - Rachel Chavkin
  • Outstanding Choreography - David Neumann
  • Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical
  • Outstanding Lighting Design of a Musical
  • Outstanding Costume Design of a Musical
  • Outstanding Set Design for a Musical
  • Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical - Andre De Shields

2019 Drama League Awards

Nominations
  • Distinguished Performance Award - Andre De Shields, Amber Gray
  • Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Musical

2019 Tony Awards

  • Best Musical
  • Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
  • Best Direction of a Musical - Rachel Chavkin
  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical - Andre De Sheilds
  • Best Sound Design of a Musical - Nevin Steinberg and Jessica Paz
  • Best Lighting Design of a Musical - Bradley King
  • Best Scenic Design of a Musical - Rachel Hauck
Nominations
  • Best Musical
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical - Eva Noblezada
  • Best Book of a Musical - Anais Mitchell
  • Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
  • Best Direction of a Musical - Rachel Chavkin
  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical - Andre De Sheilds
  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical - Patrick Page
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical - Amber Gray
  • Best Choreography - David

Reviews

Customer reviews

43 reviews, average rating: (3.5 Stars)

Dave P

Missed on The Key Scene

This is a great show! I saw it on Broadway and again in Philadelphia. One element wasn't done up to snuff in Philly - where Orpheus looks back and loses the love of his life. On Broadway the entire theater reacted with a huge awe because they were pulling for the young lovers. In the Philadelphia show, the audience didn't get the same emotional impact. What happened with that scene? The emotional kick in the gut was the key element of the Greek Tragedy. ... Read more

Lauren

Omg I would definitely see it again

The venue prices were a bit high even for simple drinks but the show was incredible, the songs really echo throughout the theater and the actors were impeccable!! I definitely loved Persephone and Eurydice! ... Read more

Jayden

Amazing!

Saw it in Toronto and it was awesome! Jordan Bollwerk played Orpheus and was amazing! Great music and great show! I definitely recommend ... Read more

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Abigail, January 20th, 2021
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