Hadestown: Why We Are Obsessed!
By Brookelynn Mason and Sam Maher
Hadestown is FINALLY Broadway-bound! The show will make it's debut on the Great White Way in 2019 after a run in London at the prestigious National Theatre this Fall.
You've probably heard the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice--guy's girl dies, and he travels into the depths of the Underworld to strike a deal with Hades to retrieve her. This is the basis for Hadestown. Add in a diverse cast of extremely talented human beings, a delicious folk music score (Anaïs Mitchell, we see you!), and you've got an idea of just how unique and amazing this show is.
Photos from the original New York Theatre Workshop production: Joan Marcus
Originally a concept album set in a Depression-era dreamscape, Hadestown was showcased Off-Broadway at New York Theatre Workshop in 2016 and received RAVE reviews. A 2017 production in Canada was also well received. Both productions demonstrated the absolute flawlessness of Amber Gray, who just killed it in The Great Comet on Broadway. While not 100% confirmed for the London and Broadway runs, we've got every dayum one of our fingers crossed that Amber will be up on that Broadway stage catching the attention of every single member of the Tony Award® nominating committee.
Hadestown is everything we like at YesBroadway: Anaïs Mitchell's music is fresh, unique, and exciting; Rachel Chavkin's staging is nothing short of visionary and innovative; the cast is diverse and full of talented people of color; and, of course, the story is relatable.
A live recording of the New York Theater Workshop production was released last year. We dare you to try not to fall for it just as hard as we have!
Get muh'fuggin' HYPED for Hadestown on Broadway.